Tributes to the Kenner Star Wars cantina continues with the 2 3/4-inch Walruden. Before he was known as Ponda Baba or "Buttface," Walrus Man was a green-skinned swim-finned alien Kenner sold that didn't quite match the movie version. With no available reference, toy designers made it look cool based on the available reference material, and got it wrong, and Lucasfilm still approved it. 41 years later, Onell Design pays tribute to it with this remarkable redeco of their own character Pheyden in Walrus Man colors.
This might be my favorite one of these so far.
The standard Pheyden mold comes assembled as usual, molded in bright orange with lots of paint to bring out the Walrus Man in him. The head is a dark green with matching hands, now with glossy black boots to mimic the old swim fins. Arms and legs are blue - a great match - with Pheyden's jaw painted that fleshy color to look like Walrus Man's own unique face. Yellow and black eyes also match the old Kenner look. The only thing that's missing is the blaster.
I love these Onell Design tributes to toys of the 1970s. Walruden completes the Cantina quartet, but there's still room for blue blasters or the blue Sears-exclusive Snaggletooth. The attention to the details really make these goofy tribute figures pop nicely, and the built-in Glyos features - like removable limbs - add to the play value given Walrus Man's arm should get lopped off. Obviously, recommended for fans of Star Wars and vintage 1970s toys.
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