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Published: May 30, 2008 at 1:22 PM
Commander who? OK so I admit I do know a thing or two about a thing or two when it comes to the original Star Wars trilogy, which I guess classifies me as a geek. Commander Praji, however, I don't know. Geek classification revoked! In order to figure out just who this Imperial crony is, I had to pull a Wookiepeia and watch a YouTube clip (start 3:17 in). Now I realize by going to Wookiepeida I'm back to being a geek. In that case, check out my geeky photos of Sideshow's 12-inch Commander Praji in my photo gallery.
Commander Nahdonnis Praji is an Imperial Officer who gets his 15 minutes seconds of fame aboard Princess Leia's Rebel Blockade Runner. Unable to locate the stolen Death Star plans aboard the Tantive IV, Darth Vader instructs Praji to personally oversee a detachment to the planet Tatooine in an effort to retrieve the plans from a jettisoned escape pod. We all know where that leads... my photo gallery.
Sideshow Collectible's Commander Praji figure is our introduction to Imperial officers in their Militaries of Star Wars line. Though he wouldn't be my first choice to immortalize, he's got an interesting back-story and Sideshow has been known to take that into account in their character selection.
The 12-inch Praji figure features the Art S. Buck body dressed in a standard-issue Imperial officer uniform. The detail and tailoring on the uniform is well done. The pants look great and have the widely flared thighs tapering from the knees to the ankles (an obvious reference to the pants worn by WWII-era German officers) while the top is a little stiff making it difficult to locate the slits for the silver tubes. Besides the tubes, the uniform is detailed with a rank insignia.
Commander Praji comes with a pair of swappable hands/gloves and pair of swappable Imperial caps. Praji ships dressed in the gloves and I'll warn you that they are better left on as they're very difficult to fit back once removed. I like the option of the two caps; one fabric and one sculpted. I don't have a personal preference, but I do think the fabric cap looks better in person while the sculpted cap photographs better.
Praji is armed with a stormtrooper blaster with folding stock as well as a blaster pistol, the latter of which fits into the holster on his belt. The simple leather belt is what it is, but I do like the magnetic clasp on the holster, which has thankfully become a standard feature on Sideshow's figures.
My biggest problem with Commander Praji is well...Commander Praji. The choice of this character is obscure considering the pool of Imperials Sideshow had to choose from. What makes things worse is that the likeness of the figure, in comparison to the actor, is poor at best making it even less desirable.
All in all there really isn't much to this figure. He's an obscure character, in a well-done, yet simplistic costume with an inaccurately sculpted likeness. I give Sideshow Collectibles 1/6-scale Imperial Praji a 6.5 out of 10.