08.11.2010

Empire Strikes Back Dack figure with retro packaging

Dack from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back has taken on near-mythical status with geeks.  When we first meet Dack he demonstrates his boundless enthusiasm with the line:

“Right now I feel like I could take on the whole Empire myself!”

As someone that’s watched the film a few times, this line is quite sad with the foresight that Dack has mere minutes of screen time until his death.

I was in Target last week and came across this amazingly cool Dack figure!  I had no idea they’d finally produced a figure for this hero to expendable pilots everywhere!  It’s even on retro-packaging, including the “Free Boba Fett” offer!  So very cool.

Dack action figure from Star Wars Empire Strikes Back

Here is Dack’s other well known line:

“Luke, we’ve got a malfunction in fire control. I’ll have to cut in the auxiliary.”

So, what can we learn from Dack?  If you ever have a problem with “fire control” while flying, get the hell out ASAP!

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6 Responses to “Empire Strikes Back Dack figure with retro packaging”

  1. Shig Says:

    What I learned from Dack was, “Never, ever sit behind Luke.” We saw Luke in two* aerial/space battles, and both times, the person or droid sitting behind him got nailed. You’d think sticking close to the Jedi golden boy would be the safest place in a battle, but if you ever get between him and the enemy, and you can see his back, you’re hosed.

    *I guess there was also the skirmish following the Death Star escape, but there was nobody sitting behind him. Clever design on the Millennium Falcon may have been the only thing that saved all of them.

  2. Chocotaco Says:

    I guess I like a little more meat on my Rebel pilots.

    Jek Porkins > all.

  3. Andrew Wahl Says:

    Shag:

    Ah, that packaging brings back good memories. Having the free Boba Fett mail-in action figure was the mark of a man back in the summer of 1980. I was all of 10 years old when mine arrived in the mailbox, and it gave me huge neighborhood clout until one of the other boys finally scored one! Good times!

    Cheers,
    Andrew

  4. Butz Says:

    and in the tradition of Kenner making figures for characters with nanoseconds of screen time, check this out (including JS’s blink-and-you-miss-it goatee: http://geekgirldiva.entertainmentearth.com/2010/08/hasbro-makes-jon-stewart-stormtrooper.html

  5. Shag Says:

    Thanks for all the comments y’all!

    Shig – Great observation! They should make a collectors pack of Luke’s dead co-pilots.

    Chocotaco – Somehow I knew that. :)

    Andrew – You actually had the mail-away Boba Fett! My jealous of you knows no bounds.

    Butz – That’s awesome! I hadn’t heard about that. Thanks!

  6. Butz Says:

    yeah – i didn’t have the original Boba Fett either but I do recall mailing away for Bosk.

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