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The Ephant Mon figure produced by Hasbro in 2002.
I consider it to be a most useful Star Wars figure.
Please note the massiveness, compared with a standard sized Star Wars figure. And for the same price point, mind you.
Yes, my toy-dusty friends, the Ephant Mon figure is a true gem among gems. And just in case you don’t know who Ephant Mon is, he is one of the background characters at Jabba’s Palace in Return of the Jedi.
But what makes this figure so useful?
Imagine you’re playing Bocce Ball and one of the balls is missing.
Well, the Ephant Mon figure is the same size as a Bocce ball and can be used as a substitute.
And have you ever been working your way through a lolly-pop but needed to put it down for some reason? Just for a moment? You look around but don’t see a surface you want to put it on. What to do? Oh, what to do?
But if you have the Ephant Mon figure handy, there’s no problem. It’s just that simple.
Yes. The articulated jaw joint comes to the rescue!
And what about those awkward times when you’re hanging out with someone and the conversation dies. You both sit there, not knowing what to say.
If you find yourself in that situation, may I suggest pulling out your Ephant Mon figure and placing it on the table? It will be sure to spark conversation. Your friend might ask something like: “Um. Do you carry that wherever you go?” Or: “What is that thing and why did you put it on the table?”
And before you know it, a lively conversation will have kindled.
Still not convinced of the usefulness of this figure?
Then consider yet another example:
Suppose you have a toddler who screams after being put in a crib at bedtime.
Well, the Ephant Mon figure has an unsettling image to younger eyes. Simply hang it over the crib and tell your toddler that it will wake up and eat him/her if any noise is made.
Your toddler will get real quiet real quick.
And oh yeah.
You can also use it for the purpose Hasbro made it.
An impressive addition to your Jabba’s Palace set-up!
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BONUS: Here’s another look at Ephant Mon, as seen in the Return of the Jedi storybook, published in 1983: