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Now the names Ponda Baba and Snaggletooth probably don't mean that much to the casual passer by, but to a Star Wars fan, they will get the heart racing ten times faster than usual. Both are creatures who dwell in the Cantina, found on the planet of Tatooine.
Ponda Baba is better known to some as Walrus Man. That was the name he went under when toy giant Kenner produced a figure back in 1977. It was not a very good likeness and since then, Hasbro have leapt on the bandwagon and brought him up to date. Ponda Baba provokes a fight with Luke Skywalker, resulting in him losing his arm! The other character in this pack is the small and unassuming Snaggletooth, so called because of the teeth which poke out in a rather cute fashion. Snaggletooth is less aggressive than Ponda Baba and plays a very small part in the film, ordering a juri juice from the bartender, Wuher, then quietly sitting back down.
I am unsure what the purpose of these little figures is, as Hasbro have already produced decent action figures with much better likenesses. Anyway, they are perhaps for a less discerning collector, more geared towards younger children.
The colour schemes are impressive with a good match to those used in the film, Ponda Baba in particular looks the part. His mouth has been replicated well and his jacket is spot on. The figures do not really allow for movement though and are rigid, which will restrict the play value. Each comes with a weapon which completes the look, though the guns are a little oversized.
Available for under a fiver these figures are a cheaper alternative than the full sized figure range from Hasbro, but I think they are a bit cartoonish and possibly a step too far in the never ending Star Wars toy universe.