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Jaff
08-18-2007, 04:50 PM
I was shocked to pick up a couple of wave 4 figs from Toys R Us today, and one in particular I was looking forward to: Umpass Stay. When getting the fig, I cracked him open only to discover his articulation was a serious problem in regards to displaying the fig. He is posed as if he needs to be on a bike or seat. There is no leg joints, and his torso weight is so much that if you don't have a stand he will fall. His thumbs also jut out to the point that there is no natural look for the figure. The good news is the detail of this fig is wonderful. The paint ap is impressive too. His drum, like Umpass constantly falls like the fig, but the best news is that Ak Rev is coming because they made the drum so that another side could connect with it. You can buy two Umpass' to make a solid drum, and since I want to make a better Jabba diorama I may end up doing this. The fig gets thumbs down from me because it terrorizes me with memories of the arthritic poses of the Saga line back in 2002 and 2003.

bigbarada
08-18-2007, 06:22 PM
I was shocked to pick up a couple of wave 4 figs from Toys R Us today, and one in particular I was looking forward to: Umpass Stay. When getting the fig, I cracked him open only to discover his articulation was a serious problem in regards to displaying the fig. He is posed as if he needs to be on a bike or seat. There is no leg joints, and his torso weight is so much that if you don't have a stand he will fall. His thumbs also jut out to the point that there is no natural look for the figure. The good news is the detail of this fig is wonderful. The paint ap is impressive too. His drum, like Umpass constantly falls like the fig, but the best news is that Ak Rev is coming because they made the drum so that another side could connect with it. You can buy two Umpass' to make a solid drum, and since I want to make a better Jabba diorama I may end up doing this. The fig gets thumbs down from me because it terrorizes me with memories of the arthritic poses of the Saga line back in 2002 and 2003.

That's wierd, I have two of these figures and I haven't had a single problem with either of them standing on their own. The drum holds it own perfectly as well.

I've attached some photos of both figures and you can see that they stand on their own with no problems at all.

I guess I waited too long, because I was just about to post a review stating that this is easily the single coolest (non-vintage) figure released by Hasbro this year.

The lack of knee articulation doesn't bother me at all, in fact, I think knee joints would have just ruined what turned out to be an excellent leg sculpt. The folds in the pants just look incredibly realistic and natural.

Everything else about this figure is just amazing. They took a few liberties with the alien design, since the actual constume just recycled a Barada mask (in the production photos, you can still see the velcro patch that was used to hold Barada's bandana in place in the center of Umpass' forehead)

I guess Hasbro also decided that a musician needs ears. The original Barada mask doesn't have ears so Hasbro had to sculpt some ears holes into the side of his head.

Overall, this figure gets an A+ from me!:thumbsup:

bigbarada
08-20-2007, 02:27 PM
Ugh, I don't like having to post how much I like this figure in a thread with such a negative title, but I know that if I start a new thread, it will just get merged into this one.

Anyways, about the artistic liscense that Hasbro took with Umpass' head sculpt. Initially, I was a little bothered by it, but I don't see it as a big deal because, those features were unique to Barada and this isn't a Barada figure.

Here's a photo of one of the original "Barada" masks. I believe this one might actually belong to Kithaba, since Barada seemed to have more of a greenish tint to his skin (at least in the production photos).

Umpass was created using this mask, so technically, his head details should be the same, but Hasbro might have just been trying to give the figure his own identity. The second photo is a detail shot of the Umpass figure, so you can see the liberties Hasbro took with the alien's design.

Jargo
08-22-2007, 10:38 AM
did the guy inside Umpass' costume have really short legs too? I know his legs are bent here but they seem weirdly short. don't like the ball jointed head thing either. makes it so hard to customise figures.
I do like the look of the figure though and the drum when fitted two halves together looks ok if a little small. really hope hasbro comes up with the percusion sometime to complete the drum kit.

bigbarada
08-22-2007, 03:00 PM
did the guy inside Umpass' costume have really short legs too? I know his legs are bent here but they seem weirdly short. don't like the ball jointed head thing either. makes it so hard to customise figures.
I do like the look of the figure though and the drum when fitted two halves together looks ok if a little small. really hope hasbro comes up with the percusion sometime to complete the drum kit.

I think Hasbro was trying to stay true to the original sketches for the character. If you check out the SE revised version of the Art of Return of the Jedi book, you'll see design sketches for a "girthy," short legged drummer. The character was conceived with Weequay, Nikto and Barada heads, and they ultimately settled on the Barada head for the film.

plasticfetish
09-03-2007, 02:22 AM
Have had this figure for a little while now (behind on updating the photo database), and I've no complaints. It's great for what it is... which is good really, considering that I wasn't going to bother with getting it.

I think bigbarada may have talked me into it. ;)

He does have some problems with standing though, but I think it's more of a typical warped from being bent by the bubble kind of thing. I'll try heating and bending his legs a bit to help that. My drum half stands just fine as is. Looks good... no problems there for me.

I give this guy a solid 7 out of 10.

Engineernerd
09-03-2007, 10:59 AM
Hey all,

It's seems like forever since I had something to review. I actually got a Hoth Han on clearance at Target, that I forgot about. But, I was really yearning for something new.

My wife spotted some new figs at TRU before I did. (I'm a really lucky guy.) To that end I give you the TVFT review of Umpass Stay. I know, there's a thread already, but I thought those of you who haven't seen him yet would enjoy the pics.

http://www.tvandfilmtoys.com/reviews/umpass_stay.asp

Enjoy! New review next week as well!
Engineernerd

Mr. JabbaJohnL
09-03-2007, 12:02 PM
Nice review! That fourth picture down makes him look like he's taking a leak. :p

AmanaMatt
09-03-2007, 05:49 PM
Cool review; this is one of those figs that looks real sharp in packaging. I may pick one up to keep him MOC....the detail in the sculpt it quite good, as are the paint apps!

bigbarada
09-04-2007, 02:06 AM
Why is everyone having so much trouble getting their Umpass Stay figures to stand on their own? :confused:

It's wierd, I haven't had this problem at all. In fact, both Umpass figures that I display loose are some of the more stable Star Wars figures in my collection. They rarely fall over when the desk or table gets bumped or moved around.

Oh, and thanks for the mental image concerning his drumstick accessory:eek: I never saw it that way. I actually thought it looked more like a suppository.:D

bigbarada
09-04-2007, 02:10 AM
I think bigbarada may have talked me into it. ;)


WOOHOO!!:thumbsup:

Glad you like the figure. I still think he's great.

Engineernerd
09-04-2007, 07:22 PM
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Oh, and thanks for the mental image concerning his drumstick accessory:eek: I never saw it that way. I actually thought it looked more like a suppository.:D

Sorry for that, you should hear what Mrs. Nerd had to say about the Mace Windu figure with the stick coming out of his back and the motion he made. It so disturbed me I display him behind some dark plexiglass.

Mad Slanted Powers
09-04-2007, 08:32 PM
Nice review! That fourth picture down makes him look like he's taking a leak. :pNot sure if it's the same picture I'm looking at, but it looks like something more disturbing than taking a leak.


Why is everyone having so much trouble getting their Umpass Stay figures to stand on their own? :confused:

It's wierd, I haven't had this problem at all. In fact, both Umpass figures that I display loose are some of the more stable Star Wars figures in my collection. They rarely fall over when the desk or table gets bumped or moved around.Maybe the trick is to say, "Stay, Umpass. Stay!"

I'll get mine when the case from EE arrives.

stillakid
09-14-2007, 12:26 PM
Why is this figure holding a Corndog?


And... I want to get Part B of the drum to insert into Slot A. How do I know what figure to look for to get the back of the drum? :confused:

Kidhuman
09-14-2007, 03:41 PM
I found a perfect place for him in his squatting position. He fits well on the Cantina Bar stool

plasticfetish
09-14-2007, 05:59 PM
Why is this figure holding a Corndog? And... I want to get Part B of the drum to insert into Slot A. How do I know what figure to look for to get the back of the drum? :confused:Mmmm... corndog.

I guess we're just waiting to see if they'll make >> this (http://www.starwars.com/databank/character/akrev) guy.

Engineernerd
09-14-2007, 06:54 PM
Mmmm... corndog.

I guess we're just waiting to see if they'll make >> this (http://www.starwars.com/databank/character/akrev) guy.

I thought one of the Q&A's said they were making him? Drum would suck if they didn't make the right guy for the other side.

plasticfetish
09-14-2007, 10:49 PM
Yeah, probably... but I've lost track of all those Q's and A's. I'd be surprised if they didn't make him at some point.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
09-15-2007, 03:54 PM
Or we could set up a timeshare thing here where we trade off our drums to other members for a few days. A real community-building sort of thing.

Or not. ;)

bigbarada
09-15-2007, 04:26 PM
I don't like how Hasbro is starting to use the term "hopefully" when talking about releasing Ak Rev with the other drum half.

In any case, I got a second Umpass and completed the drum. This is also the only way to ensure that the paint washes and colors are going to match exactly.

stillakid
09-15-2007, 04:39 PM
I don't like how Hasbro is starting to use the term "hopefully" when talking about releasing Ak Rev with the other drum half.

In any case, I got a second Umpass and completed the drum. This is also the only way to ensure that the paint washes and colors are going to match exactly.


I don't understand how you could just get a second Umpass to complete the drum. :confused: The peg holes/pins to join them wouldn't be heterosexual...they'd be the other way. No?

plasticfetish
09-15-2007, 04:52 PM
In any case, I got a second Umpass and completed the drum.

Yeah, I may do that also, and keep the figure for custom fodder.

edit: Stilla... the peg holes alternate, so they would match up just fine.

Mad Slanted Powers
09-15-2007, 04:55 PM
I don't understand how you could just get a second Umpass to complete the drum. :confused: The peg holes/pins to join them wouldn't be heterosexual...they'd be the other way. No?
Post #2 of this thread shows two of them put together. This picture (http://www.rebelscum.com/photo.asp?image=/TAC/TAC27umpassdrumbk.jpg) from RS shows what the back looks like. Two pegs and two holes in each one which will line up.