Star Wars Galactic Heroes Review: Admiral Ackbar & Nien Nunb

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The more I look at Galactic Heroes figures, the more disappointed I get. While Combat Heroes usually are a great blend of sculpt and articulation and Super Hero Squad is sometimes hit or miss, Galactic Heroes seems stuck in a single style and never wavers from it. But there was one Galactic Hero I knew I had to get even if his figure doesn’t do much.

Admiral Ackbar is now best known for alerting people of whenever a trap is nearby. Or by shilling frappucinos at Starbucks, or just anything where the phrase, “It’s a trap!” needs to be uttered.  He’s a space hopping, intergalactic squid and that says something.

One of the leaders of the Rebel Alliance and potential mascot for the University of Mississippi, this Mon Calamari should have just been a throwaway character but has since gained an absurd cult following which is enough for me to want a figure of the squid.

Ackbar is in his white uniform that is white shoes, white pants with a yellow stripe, white shirt and a cream tabard. It contrasts really well with his two-toned brown skin.  His giant eyes are black and orange. The paint on this figure is perfect.

Ackbar’s got a great sculpt too. His skin is wrinkly and his fingers are giant tentacles. His badge is sculpted and painted, just like all of his other details. He’s even got a good pose with his hands resting on his hips. I imagine Ackbar is slimy and don’t see how he could possibly keep his outfit clean. The only downside is Ackbar completely lacks any articulation.

The other figure in this pack is so popular that he doesn’t even have his own page on Wikipedia: Nien Nunb! He acted as Lando’s co-pilot in Return of the Jedi and probably has some absurd back story now that I don’t care about in the slightest!

An alien with probably a shady past given the types of people he hangs out with, Nien Nunb seems to be directly influenced by Han Solo when it comes to fashion (and I don’t mean being covered in carbonite). He’s sporting a red jumpsuit with black vest, gloves and boots and calve coverings that the German Mechanic probably borrowed later on.

Nunb’s clutching a standard blaster in his right hand and I think he’s wearing a skullcap on his head. His face is certainly unique but his eyes look way too closed, like he’s about to dose off. Like Ackbar, Nunb doesn’t move at all and is stuck in the classic Heroes’ pose.

Two unarticulated figures that were barely in the movies seem like an odd pairing, but it goes to show that Hasbro knows this line goes beyond kids. While I don’t care about Nien Nunb, I’m sure someone out there will. As for Ackbar, I’m sure in a few days my coworkers will be fed up with me throwing him over cubicle walls while yelling, “IT’S A TRAP!”

Written by jestergoblin

July 17th, 2010 at 12:00 am

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