So, to those of you who read my last article and wanted to find out more, welcome back, both of you
My fledgling addiction shows no sign of abating; in fact, it keeps getting worse. Daily tweets from other, much more experienced and knowledgeable collectors, showing some fantastic figures in amazing condition just keeps adding fuel to the fire. This has led me to a dark path, you know, like the one on Dagobah under the tree. But you know what, I kinda like it here.
Last time I talked, admittedly in a roundabout sort of way, about The Last 17 figures, who they were and a little bit of the story behind them. Some of the figures and characters need no real introduction to any fan of Star Wars. Han Solo in Carbonite is, well, Han Solo in Carbonite. General Lando Calrissian is Lando Calrissian after being made a General. Less smiles but a better cape. You’d think having an improved cape would get him to show us those pearly whites wouldn’t you?
The two figures that interested me most were Yak Face and Amanaman. They were the ones that stood out to me most of all on my new poster. (Note to self, really must get a frame and put that up!) I think my eye was drawn to them first on the poster because, and if you disagree please let me know in the notes below, I had never seen them in a Star Wars movie.
Initially I didn’t really like the look of either of them, but they have grown on me. Probably Amanaman more than Yak Face as he has a much cooler sounding name for a start and he looks pretty cool and scary as well. However, it Yak Face or Saelt-Marae as it seems we should call him, is the Holy Grail of figure collecting. These ones are serious money, due to their scarcity and the limited world wide release of the figure.
Let us start with Amanaman.
He stands about 8’ tall, and as you can see is kind of a reptilian, amphibian thing. An Amanin, from the planet Maridun. He works with Jabba as one of his many bounty hunters. Unlike the other bounty hunters, he prefers to use more primitive weapons and does not use a blaster. He has a long staff with him with 3 human heads attached to it, along with various other bones and body parts. He is nicknamed The Head-hunter because of this.
I have looked for him, many many times in the research for this little article and as far as I know these are his appearances in Return of the Jedi. Please, if you spot any more feel free to let me know.
He was with Jabba when R2-D2 and C-3PO arrived, he was standing near Han Solo's carbonite-encased form, just to Jabba's right.
Next he was almost opposite Jabba during the dance scene apparently smoking a cigar as he watched the dancers.
When Leia finally wakes Han from the carbonite he can be seen behind a Gamorean Guard. Well bits of him can be seen anyway.
His last scene seems to be as Luke is sentenced to death by Jabba, stood near the passage leading to the palace dungeons.
As far as I could see he was not on the sailing barge as they travelled to execute their prisoners. I would imagine it would have been a little hot and dry for the big slimy guy. I would have to assume that he survived and is still out there, adding to his staff trophies.
So there he is in all his glory, hidden in the back ground. I am sure he would have been long forgotten had he not been immortalised in figure form, albeit a figure nobody seemed to buy.
Yak Face. Nowadays he is called Saelt-Marae. Back in the day, our figures had much more generic names. Hammer head, Walrus man and many other, probably intergalactic racist names. Since then as the universe of Star Wars has expanded most, even minor background characters, get given real names. Step forward Ponda Baba. Walrus Man as you will always be known to me.
I can find much more information about Saelt-Marae. His age, his wife, his child and various other things that even as a completest nerd I found myself wanting to skip to the end and get over and done with. So, with this in mind I will sum him up as best I can.
Saelt-Marae-Face was a Yakora. He often posed as a simple merchant but secretly he was spying on all the other members of Jabbas entourage. His job was basically to find out any and all gossip for Jabba. He would use his mild psychic abilities to gain peoples trust and pry their secrets from them. Any plots against Jabba would soon be found out. And just look at that face, who wouldn’t trust him?
Once again I have sat through Return of the Jedi many times looking for all Yak Face sightings.
He is there in the back ground when R2D2 and C3PO first meet Jabba.
When all the denizens of Jabbas palace are sleeping he is there in his little corner snoring away.
He is standing on the stairs in the top left of the screen when Leia is caught red handed trying to steal Han Solo back from Jabba.
If you look carefully you can also see him on the ill-fated sailing barge.
He was due his own scene in which he would have an argument with Ree-Yees on Jabbas sailing barge, with C3PO acting as interpreter for the two. This fell to the cutting room floor, and it seems it still there collecting dust. On a positive twist, if this is still unreleased, what other scenes are still out there for us to enjoy at some point?
He, like Amanaman, seems to have survived Jabbas palace. Somehow he survived the explosion of Jabbas sailing barge. He then stole Jabbas financial information and vanished. No doubt selling them to the highest bidder. Let’s just hope nobody hired Amanaman to go after him. Not sure how that head would fit on his staff.
So, that is the story behind the 2 most interesting of the Last 17. Please feel free to let me know in the notes below if I missed any scenes with these guys in.
Until next time. May the Force be with you.