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Back to the eighties, when Star Wars figures were all the rage...we had Darth Vader, Obi Wan and Luke Skywalker, but someone was missing from the all important Kenner toy range. That someone was Grand Moff Tarkin, who was played in the film by veteran horror star Peter Cushing. Tarkin was a softly spoken but evil minded man who helped mastermind the destruction of the peaceful planet of Alderaan. I always wanted a Tarking toy, but it was not until the nineties that a toy finally arrived.
Hasbro have produced a four to five inch figure of Tarkin, complete in all his glory. The plastic figure is a delighful capture of the charcater from the film and is very accurate. Cushing's slimline and weary face has been echoed beauitfully, with his ill looking expression in place. The hair colour and moulding has come off well too, with a very strong likeness. You will be able to move his head, by twisting it round.
Tarkin's uniform is the militant looking green outfit, with very smart pleating and official looking symbols printed on it to show his rank. Offset with a large belt and strapping boots, the figure is a picture of authority and power. I think the body size is spot on here, as the character is quite slight and this shows in the figure.
Tarkin comes with a blaster which he can grip in either hand abd this is a small, if not unexciting accessory. Overall though, this is a figure to please collectors like myself, who have waited years for the figure to be put into production. Younger audiences might not be so drawn to this old man, but older collectors will appreciate the accuracy and design work. Expect to pay a few pounds for a boxed version.