Fearsome desert savages inhabiting the rocky Jundland Wastes, Tusken Raiders, or Sand People as they are also known, are the foremost reason Tatooine colonists do not wander far from their isolated communities. Extremely territorial and aggressive, Tusken Raiders will attack with very little provocation. They show no allegiance to even their native world-mates and have been known to attack Jawa scouting parties on occasion. They brandish a deadly bladed club known as a gaderffii and also carry projectile rifles with which to shoot at passing vehicles. For transportation, Sand People have domesticated the hardy bantha, a longhaired spiral-horned quadruped also found on Tatooine. These nomads purposely travel in single file, to conceal their numbers.
On the desert planet Tatooine, a moisture farmer named Owen Lars buys a pair of droids named R2D2 and C3PO. He leaves the droids in the charge of his nephew Luke Skywalker, but when R2D2 escapes, Luke and C3PO set out in a landspeeder to find him, knowing that dangerous Tusken Raiders inhabit the area. They soon locate R2 on the scanner and catch up with him, only to learn that danger is nearby. R2 tells them that he detects several creatures closing in on their location, and as Luke fears, the creatures are Tusken Raiders. They are quickly attacked, leaving Luke unconscious as the landspeeder is raided for parts.
The Tusken Raiders flee at the sound of a vicious creature, discovered to be a mysterious hooded figure approaching from across the desert sand. Once the figure has checked on the fallen Luke, his hood is removed to reveal an older bearded man. Luke awakens to see that the man is the local hermit Ben Kenobi, who later reveals that he is Obi-Wan Kenobi, a Jedi Knight who had known Luke's father and suspects a great potential for Luke to be strong in the Force. Their chance meeting through this Tusken Raider attack would begin the series of events that saves the Galaxy from certain destruction at the hands of Darth Vader.
Sideshow Collectibles is proud to present the Tusken Raider Sixth Scale figure. Faithfully capturing this nomad of Tatooine with exacting attention to detail, the newest entry in Sideshow's Star Wars Sixth Scale figure line is an outstanding addition to any collection.
The Tusken Raider 1/6th Scale Figure features: Fully Articulated Body with over 30 points of articulation, Tusken Raider Portrait, Respirator, Synthetic Leather Pouches, Highly Detailed Bandoliers, Four (4) Sets of Gloved Hands, Slug Thrower Rifle, Gaffi Stick.
Highly Detailed Costume Includes: Inner and Outer sets of Desert Robes, Cloak, and Fabric Wraps on Feet and Forearms
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So much better than the Hasbro 12-inch Tusken Raiders of old. But then again, those Hasbro Star Wars action figures were meant for kids whereas these are targeted at adult collectors with more spending power, hence also the higher price point.
Sideshow seems to be better at designing non-human head sculpts (which Sideshow calls "portraits"). They look so good and realistic, just like from the movies but their human heads / portraits seem to be lacking in the realism department.
These pre-release pictures certainly look promising and as long as Sideshow keeps this up, it seems like we can actually look forward to the completion of this Star Wars line, whenever that will be.
Sideshow Exclusive: Gaffi Weapon with Gun Stock
You can pre-order this figure now at a reduced price of US$129.99 (down from list price of US$134.99) at BigBadToyStore.com (just click on the link)