Thursday, April 12, 2012

Star Wars: Durge

Presenting one of the main-scourges of the Star Wars Clone Wars saga, Durge. Durge is a Gen'Dai - a long lived (4,000 to 7,000 years) race known for three things: non-aggressive tendencies; a dispersed nervous and vascular system accompanying the lack of vital organs; and heightened senses - including the ability to hear a human heartbeat 200m away.

So like the rest of his race, Durge can be hacked, stabbed, dismembered, burned and probably even be quartered and drawn and the worst thing that could happen is that he goes into hibernation to regenerate - which he once did for 60 years.

UNLIKE the rest of his   race, he has an undying need to hunt down and kill people. Which he did quite well as a Bounty-Hunter for over 2,000 years before Anakin Skywalker threw him into a sun because he just wouldn't die.

Durge was made even more deadly after receiving training at the hands of Jaing, a rogue Mandalorian Training Master. Both Jaing and Durge underwent an experimental operation that enhanced not just their armor suits but their bodies with enhanced cybernetics. Mandalorians came for Jaing after the procedure and succeeded in killing him which totally pissed off Durge who swore to get even.

Durge went on to fight against the Jedi in the New Sith Wars where he killed Jedi at a whim.

When the Sith lost, he took different identities and went into hiding till he hunted down and killed the existing Mandalore gaining his vengeance for the death of Jaing. Unfortunately he was captured by the Mandalorians who couldn't kill him either so they just decided to torture him till Kingdom Come.

Close to insanity, Durge was still able to escape but was forced to go into hibernation - literally burying himself for 60 years.

When he finally dug himself out, he had a severe man-on against the Mandalorians. Unfortunately because he had killed the Mandalore, there were not that many Mandalorians left. So he settled for the next best thing, killing anyone, anything with the face of Jango Fett - the base for the entire Clone Army. He also took the time to kill a few Jedi and almost anything that stood in his way.

Durge comes with a nice assortment of accessories: a short-rifle that could be handled in one hand, a pair of blasters that fit nicely into holsters at his side, energy bolas and a very neat looking jet-back-pack that attaches to his back and to his helmet.

We should take the time to point out that there was another Durge released in 2004 similar to this big bad-boy that came with his speeder and traded the rifle and bolas for a lance and a weird looking rifle.

(August 7, 2012 update) Durge's blister card reads "This 2,000-year-old bounty hunter replaces Jango Fett as Count Dooku's right-hand man. A century before the Clone Wars, Durge was captured and tortured by Mandalorian warriors while trying to collect a bounty on their leader. Durge escaped and went into hibernation to recuperate. Shortly after the Battle of Geonosis, Durge awakened seeking revenge, only to find that the Mandalorians were all but extinct. Upon learning that the Republic's Clone Troopers were created from Mandalorian bounty hunter Jango Fett, Durge joined the Confederacy to enact his revenge upon Jango's clones. Along with Commander Asajj Ventress, Durge may be one of the most formidable adversaries the Jedi Knights have ever faced."

What's to like about the Star Wars Clone Wars' Durge?

His armor and the complete package!

As an experienced gamer, I know that standing still and ignoring damage while dishing out a can of whoop-ass like they do in the movies is one of the quickest ways to get killed.

Durge laughs, walks into a room, draws his pistols and shoots everyone from the same spot completely ignoring the incoming damage (Probably doesn't even register that he's been hit). AND if you look to the right, he even looks like Vin Diesel when he does it

Some Mandalorians bear the Mythosaur on their chest-plates like the Mandalorians I used in the Republic Attack Dropship, to indicate or recognize bravery in battle. I think Durge bears the Mythosaur  proudly on his chest to announce to the Mandalorians that "He IS the Mythosaur!" come to kill them all.

Suffice to say, the detailing involved in Durge and Durge's armor is simply exquisite! Everything from the pock-marks, dings and dents, dirt, burn marks, weird tattoos and spiked feet. His armor proudly says that it's been in use and is still in use after almost 2,000 years.

What's NOT to like about the Star Wars Clone Wars' Durge?

Well if you haven't noticed yet, he's a bit of a stiff character. His arm articulation - shoulders - is excellent, but the rest is just not there. He doesn't have elbow, knee or foot joints. Nor can he twist his torso.

Which is a shame but understandable because he's supposed to be an unfeeling Juggernaut. I'm sure if he was real that's what he'd be like anyway - not a guy to shoot from the hip, but someone who will go all the way to raise his arm to shoot. And not someone who will go prone, or take a knee to fire, but stand there and do it - though he doesn't have a problem assassinating people when they're not looking.

Another problem with Durge is his backpack. That jetpack just keeps on popping off because the peg is so small. Easy enough to solve with a piece of paper to help hold it into place. However, the back-pack's air-lines that run to Durge's helmet are too big for the holes there. You can pop them into place and they'll appear stuck, but they are not and something as simple as turning his head will pop them out.

Other than that he's a pretty menacing looking collectible standing taller than most Star Wars figures at a whopping 4.25" - a full half an inch taller than most Star Wars Characters. Durge is still available on Amazon for a US$ 28 (Roughly PhP 1,200 plus shipping).

I think he should be worth more.

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