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I have stopped collecting (well, I say collecting I mean "staging epic Star Wars battles") action figures some time back, but my younger brother is beginning to gather quite a lot. And maybe a year or two ago, along with the usual collection of things, he received this toy, which he didn't really like as much as he liked the Obi-Wan from the Clone Wars (kids, eh). The thing is, who is General McQuarrie exactly and why was he popular enough to become an action figure?
Well, if my two previous reviews weren't indication enough, the name Pharl McQuarrie is, obviously, reference to the great artist Ralph McQuarrie who did all those crazy concept art pieces where Chewie looks like the creature from the Black Lagoon. In fact, in the movie, he was played by McQuarrie himself and (apparently) there was also a load of appearances from other Star Wars artists
So a subtle little nod shrugged away and completely ignored by the younger generation (kids, eh). Released under the 30th Anniversary series of action figures, he comes with a gun which he holds more like a pencil, and a big old collectible coin which is the sort of thing people lose really quickly after opening the packaging.
The toy itself is pretty cool, modeled after the artist himself, although his face it quite small and it seems difficult to put a great deal of detail into it. His clothes are basic Hoth Guard style clothing; loads of white and beige and most of it does look kind of static on him. It's obviously not going to look like it's flowing like Maul's cloak or Vader's cape, but aside from the creases in the elbow and knees, it doesn't look very cloth-like at all.
Still, on its own, it's a great (albeit a bit obscure) little figurine, and after all, you can't go on staging epic Star Wars battles if you just have Han Solos and Luke Skywalkers. Someone needs to take the first shot and who better than the practically faceless generals
The Star Wars universe just wouldn't be the same without loyal generals and sergeants, willing to put themselves in the battleline for the good of their beliefs. General McQuarrie is a decent fellow who assisted in the Hoth battle, amongst numerous other battles while serving the alliance. You might have a hard job picking him out in the film, but the character has been deemed significant enough to turn into an action figure.
A missed opportunity the first time around, when Kenner made a run of over hundred action figures in the eighties. Now it is the turn of toy giant Hasbro to stock up the shelves with countless figures. McQuarrie is a figure whom you might like to consider, thanks to his wonderful Hoth attire. I love the scenes on the planet Hoth, the snowy landscape offering something different to the rest of the locations in any of the movies. McQuarrie wears a big padded hat which makes him look like an Eskimo, it looks warm and snug and his jacket is comfy looking too with a good level of articulation on it. I am impressed with the colour matches on the figure, which look like the ones the officers wore in Hoth.
He sports some delightful boots which are primed for winter weather and he also has sturdy slacks. The figure comes with a small, if not unexciting blaster and a silver collector coin. The weapon could have been a little more engaging, but the figure more than makes up for this quibble. Is he worth getting? For about five pound boxed and a pound or so loose he represents good value for money and is a key rebel, so I would say yes. Use him with the rebel soldiers to fight the Hoth war!