About a month ago Darius Whiteplume of Adventures in Nerdliness held an online scavenger hunt. The prize? His original Sears Cantina Playset exclusive Blue Snaggletooth! I'll cut to the chase real quick and point out the obvious...I WON!
It wasn't an easy scavenger hunt, a big component of it felt like the challenge was reading Darius' mind to figure out what he was looking for. But the chance to win a Blue Snaggletooth, one of the holy grails of original Kenner Star Wars figures, was impossible to pass up.
Or was it?
Unbelievably, only two people even entered the contest; myself and Reis of Geek Orthodox. Sadly for Reis, he lost. Even sadder, he lost to me. Because I've been sure to remind him on several occasions.
Like now ;)
The Blue Snaggletooth was released immediately following the movie, and is terribly off-model. Yes, even moreso than all the other Kenner figures that immediately followed the release of Star Wars. Therefore this Snaggletooth never saw release outside the initial Sears exclusive Cantina set release. For a toy series that has seen about 438 different releases of even the most obscure background character in the last 30 years, that is no small feat and makes this guy a rather tough find. In fact, until now I had never seen one in person before. That too is no small feat, as I am obsessed with toys to the point of it being a bona-fide affliction.
My "main stream" Snaggletooth has appeared on Toyriffic once before but is currently stored away. I'll have to dig him out for the side-to-side reunion soon. But as you can see, Blue Snaggletooth is unnaturally tall for an...um...Snaggletooth.
He is also shod. By Ace Frehley*
I can't thank Darius enough for this epic add to my collection. Rest assured, good sir Whiteplume, he is in good hands.
*thanks Brian A. for the spell-check!