The Emperor's Favorite Grand Admiral and the Smuggler Solo Used to Be.
Feb 6, 2009
HEIR TO THE EMPIRE is the first book in the Star Wars Thrawn trilogy and is significant for several reasons. The book was the first Star Wars novel released after RETURN OF THE JEDI sanctioned by George Lucas. The book was hugely popular and led to not only many other Star Wars novels, but illustrated to Lucas that the world wanted Star Wars to continue (the success of HEIR TO THE EMPIRE was a factor in Lucas re-releasing the original Star Wars trilogy in a re-mastered form in the mid-1990s). HEIR TO THE EMPIRE also introduced several highly popular characters of the Star Wars expanded universe (including Mara Jade and Gilad Pellaeon) who played pivotal roles in many Star Wars stories that followed. Even though these characters have not appeared in any official Star Wars films, they remain so popular that a few years ago Lucas and company began officially licensing action figures of these characters.
This 2-Pack Action Figure pack includes an action figure of Grand Admiral Thrawn, an action figure of Talon Karrde, and a reprint of issue #1 of the Dark Horse comic adaptation of HEIR TO THE EMPIRE. The figures are some of the best Star Wars action figures I have seen produced. A great deal of attention has been given to the detail of these characters from the colors of their eyes, the minutia of their clothing (the correct number and color of bars on Thrawn's uniform, for instance), and the style of their hair. Thrawn looks just as they way I imagined he would and emits feelings of power and fear, mixed with a superior intellect. On the other hand, Karrde looks like the rugged rogue he was before he got involved with the likes of Luke Skywalker and his pals. The figures have quite a bit of mobility with very little awkward movements. Thrawn comes with a ysalamir that sits snuggly around his neck while Karrde comes equipped with a small blaster pistol.
Overall, two impressive Star Wars figures from the Expanded Star Wars universe that both serious collectors, enthusiastic youths, and average Star Wars fans will enjoy.
I haven't gotten Star Wars figures in a while, but when I saw a new version of Thrawn I couldn't resist. Overall, I'd say this version of Thrawn and Talon Karrde are definitely well painted and detailed. Thrawn looks a lot scarier than the 1998 version. Thrawn's jacket comes down over and is separate from the legs. And, of course, there's never been a Karrde before. I didn't really know how to imagine Karrde before, but his goatee and drab vest and clothes I think are a good fit. Unfortunate … more
It's five years after the destruction of the second Death Star. The Rebel Alliance has established a New Republic, but its existence is threatened by the old Empire. Grand Admiral Thrawn commands the remnants of the Imperial fleet and is putting together a plan that will destroy the new government. Thrawn contacts Talon Karrde, a man with valuable information that Thrawn needs in order for his plan to succeed.