Sunday, February 14, 2021

Farscape - ZHAAN!

Farscape - Action Figures Series 01 - Zhaan (Delvian Pa'v) - Toy Vault 2000

Farscape was a science fiction space adventure series that aired from 1999-2003. This was a time period in my life that was essentially a television blackout for me. In late college and early career time, I never had cable. Just a television and a VHS collection. But I was still very aware of Farscape. It seemed like a no-brainer that the Jim Henson Company should be involved in a space adventures series. Stargate SG-1, Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, and the various Star Trek spinoffs were a television staple for a solid decade. And right in the middle was the oddity of Farscape. The creature puppets and makeup made it stand out from the pack. I had a roommate who watched it when back home for holidays and I would get all these action figure junk mail catalogs (remember those?) that featured toys based on the show. I only started watching the show this past Fall and coincidentally one of my favorite local collectible shops just got a bunch of the old toys. Perfect timing! Let's check out Zhaan below!

Zhaan is the most iconic character of the series for me. Her blue skin and bald head are unique on their own. But then she has a personality that's half motherly and half seductive. I find her fascinating.

Zhaan's main accessory (aside from her garments) is a bottle of Sleep-Mist.

Although this figure's sculpt is very advanced for its time, her articulation is unfortunately limited. All her joints are simple swivels: Head, Shoulders, Wrists, and V-Crotch hips. That's a total of 7 points of articulation. And again, no ball joints or hinges, just swivels.

I normally really dislike soft goods clothing on action figures. I always think the scale is off and ruins the illusion. It's as if I would wear clothes sewn together with thread the thickness of spaghetti with cloth the density of burlap. But this figure is an exception. There are a variety of different materials that make the overall look interesting. The fit is also decent and displays the sculpt of her underlying form.

Time for a Comparison Pic!


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