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bigbarada
09-29-2007, 07:03 PM
Of all the figures announced for 2007, this is the one that I've been looking forward to the most. In fact, I haven't anticipated a figure this much since Ephant Mon and I still consider Ephant Mon to be the best Star Wars figure ever. So does Hermi Odle measure up? Yes, most definitely.

Of course, the big question mark for this figure is how do the soft-goods really look? A legitimate question considering how spotty the quality of Hasbro's soft-goods have been over the past few years. I can honestly say that I think this is the best soft-goods work that Hasbro has ever done, and it could possibly be the best soft-goods work of any figure at this scale. The material isn't overly 'puffy' looking and it hangs well from the figure and it's tailored in such a way that it stays pretty form-fitting to Hermi. Plus the fabric is the perfect choice for that clumpy, wrinkled hobo look that we want on Hermi.

In fact, it's done so well, that I kind of wouldn't mind if Hasbro tried working the same type of material into a retooling of Ephant Mon.

The sculpting on the figure itself is top-notch with my only complaint being the large gap underneath his movable jaw. Of course, the soft-goods give us the ability to see a "naked" Hermi underneath, which is a mixed bag because he's hideous, but sculpted extremely well.:D

Articulation is good, although no elbow or knee joints. The shoulder joints don't look so great but the robe covers them pretty well. About the jaw, if Hasbro had left it immobile and just sculpted his head really well, I wouldn't have complained. The big gap is a little bothersome, but it's not really a big deal.

For what he is and his miniscule role in the movie, Hasbro really outdid themselves here. Another definite milestone in the Star Wars line.

This figure definitely gets an A+ from me!

Kidhuman
09-29-2007, 08:48 PM
I opened it up today when I got it and it is an awesome figure. I love the soft goods, it works well. The jaw doesnt bother me at all, not the lack of articulation. HE is aweosme and on par with Ephant Mon. Grade A USDA Beef right here fellas.

bigbarada
09-29-2007, 09:26 PM
I really love what Hasbro did with the figure itself. Even though Hermi is just a wad of loosely-packed, drooling meat in the film, they managed to really sculpt some character into the figure. He kind of reminds me of something you would have seen in those old Rankin-Bass LOTR cartoons.

Tycho
09-29-2007, 09:30 PM
I like Hermi a lot, too. I knew this was going to be a great figure!

figrin bran
09-29-2007, 11:34 PM
I was very, very impressed with Hermi as well. This is one figure where soft goods was definitely justified. Just imagine the weight if the coverings were plastic! This is definitely a must own for every SW collector and though for all intents and purposes, Hermi is really ugly, there's something oddly appealing about him that I think would translate well into a Galactic Heroes version. I know that would be a longshot but I'd definitely want one if it were ever made.

Snowtrooper
09-30-2007, 11:41 AM
This is one ugly figure!!! The sculpt is great, the soft goods are done well, and the whole lower jaw gap is not a problem for me. I wish it wasn't painted quite so cartoonish, but thats a really minor complaint on a great figure. A+

2-1B
09-30-2007, 03:35 PM
This guy looks great, I gotta get one. Love your description of him by the way, KH. :grin:

jedibear
10-02-2007, 10:57 PM
great review and photo bigbarada! Your enthusiasm for this guy has me really stoked to find this figure someday...Herme (along with Pre-Cyborg Greivous) are the two must-haves of this wave for me...

Herme is the must have for this SW30 line! Ephant has been standin' alone too long in Jabba's Throne Room...can't wait to get Herme...

Qui-Long Gone
10-03-2007, 10:49 PM
You are all making me sad....I can't find Herms anywhere!:cry:

jedibear
10-04-2007, 12:06 AM
You are not alone sir....

I'm quickly starting the loath the word "legends"...

Droid
10-05-2007, 12:27 PM
I think this figure is fantastic, one of the best of the year, if not ever. I do think he was brown in the movie and wish he wasn't so pink/purple. It may make him more approachable to kids, but I do think the coloring is off.

Jayspawn
10-07-2007, 11:01 PM
Cant wait to find one. Dreaming of finding that huge package on the shelves.

Slicker
10-07-2007, 11:25 PM
Dreaming of finding that huge package on the shelves.Where do you shop? Ron Jeremys "R" U? :p

Jayspawn
10-07-2007, 11:28 PM
Where do you shop? Ron Jeremys "R" U? :p

HAHA! Almost fell out my chair.

*ahem* I cant wait to find this figure. He looks so cool. There that sounds better.

Qui-Long Gone
10-15-2007, 05:38 PM
Finally found Herms!!!


Love it....



Any figure related to Jabba always seams to turn out great....I can't really think of a bad one yet...


Bring on Yarna!

plasticfetish
10-18-2007, 02:55 AM
...yeah, I love this figure also.

Have had him on my desk now for a while. Though a part of me thinks he's a little too cartoon-ish (compared to the "mess" we see in the film), I'm more than willing to applaud Hasbro for making a great toy from what's really just a creepy and boring background character.

He's solid, funky, ugly and fun. I'm impressed with the softgoods. I'm even more impressed that the weapon isn't made from a bendy soft plastic. (What's up Hasbro? This one's perfect. Why not make all accessories like this?)

We've got photos in the database >> here (http://photos.sirstevesguide.com/showgallery.php?cat=5309). Hope everyone that wants him can find him.

Qui-Long Gone
10-26-2007, 09:20 AM
When Hasbro nails a figure it can't be beat....especially as a toy....


but when the F one up, even babies cry.....

jedibear
10-26-2007, 06:37 PM
...yeah, I love this figure also.

I'm even more impressed that the weapon isn't made from a bendy soft plastic. (What's up Hasbro? This one's perfect. Why not make all accessories like this?)



Isn't that great? Like the rifle that accompanies 4-LOM, it's looking like the bendy accessories could be a thing of the past (fingers crossed)...

Yes, this figure is fantastic!

Engineernerd
10-29-2007, 02:27 PM
Alright, I finally managed to track down Mr. Odle. I have to agree he's great figure, probably one of the top two or three standard figures of the year.

Anyway, I did the usual pics and stuff as well:

http://tvandfilmtoys.com/reviews/hermi_odle.asp

Engineernerd

stillakid
10-29-2007, 02:33 PM
Even though Hermi is just a wad of loosely-packed, drooling meat in the film,

Can you expand on that thought in the thread about Star Wars edibles?

Tycho
10-29-2007, 05:27 PM
Engineernerd, those are great pictures! You have a nice website layout by the look for things if that page is any indication.

stillakid
10-29-2007, 06:05 PM
Alright, I finally managed to track down Mr. Odle. I have to agree he's great figure, probably one of the top two or three standard figures of the year.

Anyway, I did the usual pics and stuff as well:

http://tvandfilmtoys.com/reviews/hermi_odle.asp

Engineernerd

I haven't found this guy yet, but from the looks of it, he'll fill in nicely in my Frat Houses of Coruscant U. diorama.

Old Fossil
10-30-2007, 08:26 PM
I've passed on this Jabba's Palace alien TWICE in the past month. Just wasn't impressed with what I saw MIP, and never really cared whether he got made or not. (Cantina aliens are my favorites, not Jabba's minions.) But after reading all the great reviews here, a few days ago I figured, what the heck: next time I see Hermi, I'll buy.

Lo and behold, I found one today at WM; but I ended up having to work a little for Hermi, payback I guess for being a doubter. I steer my buggy around the doll aisle to the Transformer-arched action figure aisle, and what do I see but a scalper, hunched over a stack of TAC figures. Now in my area, scalpers are thankfully about as rare as a VTAC Snowtrooper on clearance; but there he was, Smeagol hunched over the Precious. I could see that the SW pegs had been filled the night before with several cases of pure TAC, not Legends. I paused, sizing up the bubbles from a distance, and actually spied two Hermi's: one, near the bottom of the scalper's stack (which ended up being mostly Concept figures, of course), and the other still on the pegs, a couple of figures from the front. No mistaking Hermi for anything else!

SO I roll forward, keeping my gaze generally on the more distant GI Joe figures, ignoring the SW section as I neared the dude. As I passed him he said, friendly-like, "Oh good, a big empty buggy, just what I need"; but he hardly got the words out of his mouth before I snaked a hand out and slid the remaining Hermi off the peg, plopped it beside my frozen cheesy garlic bread and sour cream, and rolled on down to the Lego aisle, ignoring him the whole time. I heard him mutter something along the lines of "...good thing you... 'cause..." I looked the pitiful Lego offerings over; then, feeling almost ready for a fight, came back down the action figure aisle again, not looking at the pegs but very obviously scrutinizing the Hermi I had gotten. The rat said naught, but I could feel his anger.

Now I will always have a fond memory associated with my Hermi Odle action figure. Plus, the reviews are all spot on: it's one of the highlights of the entire line, money very well spent!:thumbsup: Thanks to all who chimed in here; otherwise, I would've missed out.

2-1B
10-30-2007, 09:50 PM
I haven't seen him yet either but I don't look all that often...I did see Torture Rack Han for the first time today and from a distance I thought the large bubble would have been an indicator. I was wrong. :D

Dark Marble
10-31-2007, 09:32 AM
I finally found a lone Hermi hanging on the pegs at Walmart on Monday. I was going in to get some tires for my car when I found him. Having never found Ephant on the pegs this was really nice to find. It is a great figure for the price.

jedibear
11-01-2007, 10:46 PM
Got my openers of wave five today, including Herme...

He is one of the best figures in quite a while...the cloth goods are among the best Hasbro has ever tackled for this scale of figure...he just looks great!

Engineernerd...always enjoy your pics and reviews...good job!

For those who haven't lucked upon these guy (or any wave five for that matter)...check your area WM's....they are doing a version of "Black Friday" this weekend so they're stocking everything to the hilt. My local one had several cases of the latest "Legends" wave intermixed with Wave 4 and a few of Wave 5 (the best wave of the year in my book) Good luck everybody...

Tycho
11-02-2007, 09:59 AM
..they are doing a version of "Black Friday" this weekend so they're stocking everything to the hilt.

Dang. I might hit my store overnight (Fri-Sat) but I really don't feel like going this morning. It's been depressing for me. I only want Starkillers at this point (or select few from Wave 7) and I might buy a couple Legends things to "up" another Battle Droid army I feel I'll one day use, but...

I'm just not that enthused.

Old Fossil
11-02-2007, 10:29 AM
I'm just not that enthused.

Ditto. I've thought about buying up some of the TAC Stormies I keep seeing here and there, out of sheer boredom. I don't expect to find Wave 7 until December (which is fine) so I've got to figure out what direction, if any, my collection will take until then.

DarthQuack
11-02-2007, 01:53 PM
First time I went to look for him was today and I found him sitting with half of Wave 5 on the pegs. I couldn't believe how big he was.....looks awesome, the soft goods look good as well.

jedibear
11-03-2007, 10:26 PM
Here's my take on this guy...

Of all the strange denizens in Jabba's palace, none looked more disgusting yet mysterious as Herme Odle. In his brief screen appearances, he looked like nothing more than a bulky, slobbering mess covered in rags, quaking and shuddering with the rest of the minions in time with the intense events going on around him.

While many other palace inhabitants have experienced a closer look in the expanded universe, not much is known about this drooling hulk. What was his story?


His Star Wars Databank entry provides some clues:

"Hermi Odle worked as a weapons specialist, helping craft the defenses of Jabba's palace. He spent most of his life on Tatooine after his ship was shot out orbit by an Imperial patrol. He impressed Jabba with his weapons-crafting skills.

Odle had one major nemesis in the palace: Pote Snitkin, a Skrilling gun-runner and skiff pilot. The competition escalated as Snitkin sabotaged one of Odle's weapons, resulting in the death of a prized pet of Jabba's. During the confusion of battle over the Pit of Carkoon, Odle fired a stun weapon from the sail barge, knocking Snitkin unconscious. Snitkin was unable to move away from the exploding sail barge, and thus perished.

The Baragwin did escape the combat zone, eventually making it back to Mos Eisley. There he stole a starcraft of Jabba's, and left the desert planet. His current whereabouts are unknown."

The cardback from this new figure offers a variation on the entry:

"Herme Odle is an expert at crafting weapons and helps fortify Jabba's palace against attack from the Hutt's many enemies. When Jabba attempts to execute the rebels at the Pit of Carkoon, Odle defends the Sail Barge with a stun weapon. However, he accidently stuns one of Jabba's skiff guards, inadvertently helping the rebels."

And now, Hasbro has created a figure that looks beneath the rags and shows us a little more of this palace inhabitant with excellent results. He's one of the best figures of the year...

Not since that other oversized friend of Jabba's, Ephant Mon, have we seen a basic carded figure of this scale. And while Ephant Mon is an amazing figure, Herme ups the ante in the detail, articulation and one of the most effective uses of cloth on a figure of this scale. Using the same high-quality cloth featured on last year's vintage Tusken Raider, Herme's cloak can be futzed and molded around him to help create his unique look. Holes in the cloak add to the function...one on top for one of his ridges and one at "waist level" to tuck a belt-like piece into to help create a better fit.
Beneath the cloak is a thick-muscles hunchback hulk of a body...as close to a troll as we've seen in the SW universe. His arms move well, rotating with a good shoulder joint that allows raising the arms. His legs also move, and his feet are articulated at the ankle allowing for even more posing.
His head is well-sculpted, right down to his beady little eyes and it rotates featuring a working "mouth" that is completely detailed, inside and out.
For a weapon, Odle has a force pike...this one has better detailing and a sharper scuplt than the ones featured with earlier skiff guards.

Hasbro has been great each year giving collectors various Cantina patrons and palace denizens...always providing them with extra effort in their detailing and execution. Herme Odle is a figure that continues that great tradition...and hopefully he will find his way into many palace displays out there...

Bravo Hasbro for a job most well done!