For a couple of years now, media has been rather enthusiast in their portrayal of reanimated thing that used to be alive. Oddly, not even the juggernaut that is Star Wars proved to be resilient to the virus, and we got a novel and a couple story arcs in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV show where undead things are featured prominently.
Hasbro released the Undead Geonosian I’m reviewing today late in 2010, and the figure was inspired by the Legacy Of Terror episode that aired about midway of the second season of the show.
Now, the thing about Geonosians is that they look ugly enough when they are alive, but this reanimated corpse version looks actually quite nice, in a creepy sort of way.
The sculpture is compliant with the animated style from the TV show, with the main difference being that the head is larger compared to the body, which makes the facial features easier to see. Also, the carapace seems to be less heavily textured, which lends a cleaner look to the creature.
The Undead Geonosian was clearly designed thinking about customization, as the figure has a number of removable pieces that can alter his appearance to reflect different castes or levels of decay. The basic drone body is very nicely articulated with:
• Ball jointed shoulders.
• Pegged hinge elbows.
• Swivel wrists.
• Floating torso.
• Ball jointed hips.
• Pegged hinge knees.
• Pegged hinge ankles.
Additionally, the wing blades can be moved around a bit, as these fit a central plate that can be plugged onto the zombie’s back. One thing I really like about the ball joints at shoulders and hips, is that the limbs can be taken out easily enough to simulate extended damage, and despite his gangly appearance, the Undead Geonosian turned out to be very versatile and very stable action figure.
The paint application on this abomination are minimal, consisting mostly on a shading wash over the gray carapace bits with eyes and teeth painted white, although the tongue does appear to be a slightly different hue of gray. This Geonosian also sports a gorget painted in a rich bronze hue, with a red jewel in it’s center, but this bit is generally covered by the larger removable plate accessory included.
The Undead Geonosian comes with quite a bit of extra pieces. There are four tattered wings cast in clear plastic, the plate that connects the wings together, the large ornamental plate I mentioned before and one of those sonic blasters Geonosians favored during the Clone Wars. Also included are a plastic display base, a blue die and the Galactic Battle Game card pertaining this character.
Even though I am in no hurry to rush out and buy extras of this figure to form a horde. I have to admit that the Undead Geonosian actually surpassed my expectations.