The Good: Amazing articulation, Good sculpt, Good accessories, Great paint job, Good balance.
The Bad: ? None that I can find.
The Basics: A very articulated and neat-looking toy, the Pons Limbic action figure is perfect, which is a surprise for such an obscure Star Wars character!
The more Star Wars figures I collect, the more I tend to appreciate the Cantina in the first (or fourth, depending on the perspective) Star Wars film. Away from the bland recasts of the main characters, there are hordes of unique-looking aliens which range from the wicked to the disturbing. One of the best figures from the Cantina to be immortalized in plastic in recent years is Pons Limbic, an alien called Brainiac in the Star Wars CCG.
For those unfamiliar with Pons Limbic, he was one of many, many aliens seen in the Cantina scene in A New Hope (check out my review by clicking here! ). There, the creature with the massive head with the exposed brain was seen sipping a drink and doing nothing else.
The Legacy Collection is the only place Pons Limbic was made into an action figure and the toy is a perfect one. Pons Limbic is a unique action figure that fleshed out the entire Star Wars universe quite well.
Pons Limbic is incredibly detailed as an alien bounty hunter. The figure, which stands 3 7/8" tall fits in with Hasbro's increased emphasis on flexibility and posability. Pons Limbic was released in 2008 as part of Hasbro's Legacy Collection with the Droid Factory bonus. Pons Limbic appears on the Stormtrooper helmet-shaped card with the rounded plastic bubble.
This toy is a very impressive sculpt, capturing Pons Limbic's massive brain and empty eyes. The sculpt is great and this figure makes Pons Limbic look more impressive than his cameo in A New Hope with his tight frown and furred cuffs. As an alien bounty hunter, he appears in his flight suit with olive pants and boots that appear to be made of leather lacing up his calves. Pons Limbic's skin is yellow and green and his brain pan is highlighted in the ridges with a realistic gray and green. The paint job for the alien is exceptional and his green hands even have yellow highlights to them!
As for the costume detailing, Pons Limbic is an excellent sculpt. He is dressed in an alien flight suit with a diamond pattern on it that makes Pons Limbic look just like he does on the picture on the front of the package! The detailing on this figure is impressive down to the belt buckle which is silver and the cuffs on the sleeves which are folded back and textured and colored to look like fur!
Pons Limbic, awesome alien that he is, comes with only two accessories: a blaster and a table at the Cantina. Pons Limbic's blaster is a custom hand blaster that most closely resembles Han Solo's firearm. The little gun is only 3/4" long, includes a sight and fits in either of Pons Limbic's hands. Notably, he comes with it in his left hand and he has a holster on his left side that the gun actually fits into! While the blaster gun has exceptional molded details, it is monotonal silver-gray and has no painted details to it.
Similarly, the Cantina table that Pons Limbic comes with is awfully clean when one considers how dirty the Cantina looked in A New Hope! The table is two cylinders which snap easily together and the flat-topped, mushroom shaped table 1 5/8" tall and 1 7/8" in diameter. Pons Limbic looks good standing behind it. Note: it is easy to snap together, difficult to get apart for those putting the toys back in their packaging!
This figure was part of the "Droid Factory" line of the Legacy Collection figures and the basic premise was that for every four figures you bought, you'd get a fifth which would be assembled from parts in each of the four toys in the collection. Pons Limbic comes with right leg section of the R2-L3 droid. This is a red and white R2 unit leg with a joint at the ankle.
The four inch toy line was designed for play and Pons Limbic is amazing in that regard. Not only does this Legacy Collection figure have amazing articulation, but he looks good while having increased flexibility! Unlike some of the other figures in the line, Pons Limbic is amazingly well balanced. Because his joints are tight enough to be supportive, Pons Limbic is able to be posed in even ridiculous poses and remain stable.
Like the best figures in the Legacy Collection, Pons Limbic comes with fourteen points of articulation, many of which are not just simple swivel joints. Pons Limbic has joints at the ankles, knees, groin socket, shoulders, elbows, wrists, neck, and waist and he twists at any of those points. The shoulders, elbows AND knees are all ball-and-socket joints and the head is on a ball joint, which allows his to nod up and down as well as look left to right. The Pons Limbic figure has more dexterity, balance and posability than most of the other bounty hunter figures, making him ideal for those creating a full Cantina setting!
For added support, should one wish to make improbable poses with the figure, there are playsets with foot pegs which fit into the holes in either of Pons Limbic's feet.
Pons Limbic is part of the 2008 Legacy Collection four-inch series, a series of Star Wars action figures that was not incredibly common, but Pons Limbic was not at all the highlight of the series. As a result, I managed to find Pons Limbic on clearance while in Michigan and the value was too good for me not to pick it up! Because of the improved articulation of the figure and the probability that this will be the only Pons Limbic figure ever made, this toy is likely to become a good investment figure, though that is in no way a given.
Pons Limbic is BD35 in the Legacy Collection and is one that is ideal for collectors looking for a broad sense of the "Star Wars" universe!
Pons Limbic makes for a pretty wild Star Wars action figure and fans of the Star Wars franchise are likely to want this super-articulated figure to add to their collection!
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