Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Zuckuss (ESB 1980-82)

Zuckuss’s actual name is 4-LOM, since he is the droid and Zuckuss is the alien bounty hunter. This was mixed up in the original Kenner line (as stated in my last post) but corrected in subsequent lines and literature. The figure has a gun-metal gray finish, but the actual character is more of a navy blue with orange rusty highlights.
Zuckuss came with a rather large blaster rifle, and his body was very similar to C-3PO’s, aside from his insectoid head. He came on ESB and ROTJ cardbacks.
Why should you own this figure? Five reasons:
1. As stated before, you must have all the bounty hunters. This is a coolness imperative.
2. He just looks like a badass with those glaring bug eyes.
3. Droids with guns are cool. Death Star Droid? Not so much.
4. Create your own scene where you finally figure who is the better droid bounty hunter: Zuckuss or IG-88?
5. All your non-geek friends will wonder who in the hell this is. All your geek friends will simply appreciate you for it.
4-LOM (as I will now correctly call him) was built by Industrial Automaton, who ripped off many of its design elements from Cybot Galactica’s 3PO series. 4-LOM’s earliest posting was on a luxury liner working as a cabin steward. Eventually, he came to the conclusion that the best way to protect passenger’s valuables was to take them himself. After modifying his own programming, he made crime more enjoyable, and after falling into the employ of Jabba the Hutt, started work as a bounty hunter.
He partnered with Zuckuss many time on bounties, the two becoming friends. After the Battle of Hoth, the two became Rebels for awhile, but eventually went back to bounty hunting after being almost destroyed by Boba Fett.
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