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Reader Review: 30th Anniversary Roron Corobb By Whitewolf

Bespin refugee - October 10, 2007


I'll be the first to admit it. I never liked the Clone Wars micro-series on Cartoon Network. Maybe it was the fact that Star Wars was being done in the same artistic style as Dexter's Laboratory or The Powerpuff Girls. To me, it was silly...and silly-looking. As they say, to each their own, I guess. BUT...

Roron Corobb impressed me in several ways, at a point when I thought he would just be another in a parade of ho-hum figures (especially after the trainwreck I last reviewed---Three-Pee-U, er...Threepio). This may be the unexpected diamond in the rough where Wave 5 is concerned. The name alone, which is a tongue-in-cheek anagram of "Corn on Cobb", was enough to pique my twisted sense of humor and give the figure a chance. I'm glad I did. Hasbro pulled out most of the stops when this figure was sculpted. He has a fairly full range of motion thanks to ball-socket joints in the neck, shoulders, knees and ankles; swivel joints in the wrists; straight-cut joints in the torso and hips; and angle-cut joints in the elbows. Normally, angle-cut joints ruin a figure for me, but Corobb's elbows are molded in such a way that it works beautifully. One thing that is rare about this figure is the fact that he is ambidexterous, allowing him to hold his lightsaber in either hand...or to wield two sabers at once. The lightsaber itself is the same one that was first packed with the McQuarrie Stormtrooper, right down to the color of the blade.

The first thing that old-timers like me will recognize is Hasbro's tip-of-the-hat to the original "Hammerhead" figure (aka: Momaw Nadon), by molding his skin in the same reddish-brown color that the original 1978 figure had. Modern versions of Nadon have always had a ashen-brown pallor instead. Corobb's face is extremely expressive, from his silvery-blue eyes to his two mouths on each side of his head approximated in the expression of gritted teeth. This is a far cry from the heavy-lidded "stoned" expression on Momaw Nadon's face. If I have any one single complaint about him, its that he suffers from "Imperial Officer Syndrome" with the low-hanging tunic. This prevents him from ever sitting down. But he has been sculpted in such a way as to convey that he's a bundle of potential energy...so no sitting down on the job for him, anyway.

The paint scheme is simple, clean and effective. He wears cream-colored robes that look more like a Tai-Kwon-Do outfit than traditional Jedi fare. His thin belt is crisply-painted and adorned with what appear to be silver capsules lined around it, as well as a small brown pouch. The light-colored outfit is a nice contrast to the deep color of the Ithorian's skin. Well done, Hasbro.

Roron Corobb includes:

*Concept Lightsaber
*Collector's Coin #31

For a character that had all of 37 seconds of screen time in a 5-minute cartoon, this is an amazingly detailed and articulated figure. Its just one of those fun figures that can stand alone without really needing a super-indepth backstory to sell it. I have to say that this is my favorite Wave 5 figure thus far, even if he does have a silly name. I recommend snagging him when you come across him.

I give Roron Corobb 4.5 Death Stars.





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