Fitz’s Toy Chest #16: Dengar

The Empire Strikes Back expanded the Star Wars universe in enormous ways when it debuted in 1980, from the saga’s first on screen land battle to the revelation of a main character’s parentage.

One of the more subtle, yet equally impactful moments of the film has to be the brief introduction of Boba Fett and his crew of bounty hunters. Fans already knew to expect the debut of Boba Fett, but we had no idea the motley assortment of unsavory characters that would be joining him.

In just a few seconds of screen time an entire underworld subculture was introduced, mysterious and intriguing. No explanation was given, no backstory, not even names, but these new villains’ brilliant designs were seared into my 7 year old brain.

One of those new characters is the focus of this edition of the Toy Chest. The battle scarred bounty hunter with a bandage wrapped head and repainted Imperial armor pieces, Dengar.

Dengar
Company: Kenner
Acquisition Year: 1980
Acquired via: Christmas gift?
Years In Possession: 40

If having a name that if you swap 2 vowels literally spells “Danger” isn’t reason enough to steer clear of this guy, his grizzled appearance definitely is.

Is he human? Is he part robot? Is he…wounded? Why is his head wrapped up like that? Should he really be out working with a head injury? These are all questions I asked myself the first time I saw Dengar. Long before a younger version of the character appeared in the Clone Wars and we were shown that indeed those head wraps are a fashion choice, there were all manner of fan theories and EU stories about his headgear and face scars. Kenner managed to do a pretty decent sculpt of Dengar’s head and wrappings, it’s one of the more accurate looking human figures they did.

The first time I saw this figure was at a friend’s birthday party. One of his gifts from another kid was a package containing 2 Empire Strikes Back figures. One of them I cannot for the life of me remember, but the other was Dengar. I’m able to remember that because I can still hear the kid who gave my friend that present frantically trying to explain to my him “That’s Dang-gar! His name is Dang-gar!”.

Regardless of how he butchered the guy’s name, I was way more interested in these toys than in playing outside with the rest of the kids. It’s a bit pathetic looking back on it, but my action figures really were my best friends. They were usually way more fun than playing with other kids.

Dengar was one of several figures to come with a very distinctive long rifle accessory that was brand new for the Empire toy line. He shares this same rifle design with the Hoth Snowtrooper and his fellow bounty hunter the intimidating droid IG-88. (None of whom actually had a weapon like this in the film)

In fact this rifle to me is one of the hallmarks of the Empire line. When I think of the ESB figures I always think of this gun. It was so cool looking, nevermind that it was so long and the figure’s arms so unarticulated that it was impossible to have him hold it in anything remotely like a realistic position. Raising his arm to aim that thing always looked ridiculous and made it incredibly difficult to get him to not fall over.

Very much like my Han Solo in Hoth gear figure, Dengar’s skin has not aged well. The paint has faded and discolored considerably, and the white parts of his outfit have also yellowed with age. (Growing up in a house with two parents that smoked did my toys no favors and many of them suffer from nicotine yellowing)

So while Dengar had shamefully short time on screen, we were able to fill out his personality with our own imaginations thanks to this awesome figure.

That’s all for this time gang, thanks for reading. Come back next time and watch this middle aged man gush over childish nonsense while refusing to stare into the oncoming train that is old age.

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Episode 090.5: Double Butter Ass

rise of skywalkerIn this episode, the circle is now complete as the fellas head out on the road again cause they’re gonna see a Star War GONNA SEE A STAR WAR together for the fifth time ever in this jumbo sized, extra special, reaction filled, three in one, .5 episode!

In this mega sized Star Wars Special we cover our reactions to Season One of the hit series The Mandalorian, try to understand why folks don’t seem to understand the concepts of building tension or slow burn character based storytelling.

Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker has unfolded and, due to some super wonky time traveling shenanigans, you’ll hear BOTH of our first reactions in one episode for the first time ever…we think…so strap in for one hell of a ride as your favorite unknown podcasters are back with a vengeance!

URL: Episode 090.5: Double Butter Ass
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Episode 080: Dick Van Dikey

MARY POPPINSIn this episode, we are gettin’ our nerd boners primed for Disney+ and The Mandalorian by DEFINITELY not watching a leaked sizzle reel and scene from Star Wars Celebration.

Also, we uncover the 1st image of a beloved dog’s new look from an upcoming movie, talk about how a lot of practical practicality happened at a certain Celebration.

All of that and a mini little late in the game Pimp Spot awaits you in this quick Commentary-esque ep of your favorite podcast that nobody has ever heard of, gang, spread the word!

URL: Episode 080: Dick Van Dikey
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TNB Commentaries 036: Revenge Of The Sith

61ZDSUH2iiL._SY679_Please turn off your cellphones and join us on Coruscant for some baby Jedi slaughtering fun and games in George Lucas’ swan song final film of the prequel era.

For our 36th Commentary, we make the jump to hyperspace…or, rather, 2005 for this fantastic flick starring Hayden Christensen, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, & Ian McDiarmid.

In this rollicking ep of war filled star talkin’, Fitz calls Doom a psycho and is, for once, TOTALLY UNJUSTIFIED, then they also jibba jabba about the movie and the dark history one of them has with it, so…let’s have fun gang?

 

 

URL: TNB Commentaries 036: Revenge Of The Sith
Direct Download:tnbc-036-revenge-of-the-sith.mp3

This has been a feature of TS-D/JA Productions and JJ2E Media 2019

TNB Commentaries 035: Star Wars Clone Wars (Micro Series)

51F7C82EDGL._SY445_Please turn off your cellphones and join us as we head to that galaxy far far away to witness wars with clones, robits, and fancy lightsabers!

For our 35th Commentary, we head back to this year’s Star Wars Celebration to watch & discuss some trailers & news, then we head to 2005 for the 2nd half of the Genndy Tartakovsky micro series starring Mat Lucas, James Arnold Taylor, Tom Kane, & Grey DeLisle.

As you’ll hear, a bored Doom calls an audible and Fitz offers absolutely no resistance, meanwhile Fitz has a mental break down at work, Doom gets douche chills, and they talk about wookiee poo sounds, so strap in & enjoy, gang.

URL: TNB Commentaries 035: Star Wars Clone Wars (Micro Series)
Direct Download:tnbc-035-sw-clone-wars.mp3

This has been a feature of TS-D/JA Productions and JJ2E Media 2019

Episode 067: Insert Title Here

Star-Wars-The-Mandalorian-First-LookIn this episode, after last week’s short episode, the fellas are back to fulfill their contractual* obligations to pollute the internet airwaves with fun and filth!

Doom brings a Joke Corner that starts as a story of childhood innocence that quickly turns into a potential horror movie scenario, then they talk about the recent awesome Star Wars & Scooby news!

Fitz has more Battlefront II fun and frustration, which leads to some sweet video game talk in this short but stacked episode featuring your favorite unknown a-holes!

 

URL: Episode 067: Insert Title Here
Direct Download: tnb067.mp3

TNB Commentaries 015: Attack Of The Clones

EPII_AotC_posterPlease turn off your cellphones and join the fellas as they climb into a speeder and head back to that galaxy far far away!

For our 15th commentary, we make the jump back to 2002 for the 2nd Chapter in the Saga starring Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, & Ewan McGregor.

Fitz remembers controversies and experiences from the release, Doom complains about everything except Obi-Wan, they both swoon over Padmé, and they generally just gush about all of Star Wars…that’s rare, right?

Enjoy, gang!

 

URL: TNB Commentaries 015: Attack Of The Clones
Direct Download: tnbc015.mp3