One of the most sought after Cinema Scenes produced is Watto's Box, also
the last Cinema Scene produced. For months these were few and far
between, and most collectors turned to ebay to help them fill in their
collections. But like all fine Hasbro toys, these are now showing up
at less than retail, at $7.99. Kaybee Toys is cracking open cases
with these inside, so start hanging out at the local mall if you haven't
found yours yet.
Packaging - **1/2
The cinema scenes are some of the better packaged sets from Hasbro.
These three are held in good positions, with a nice backdrop and
base. They were smart enough to not attach the bubble that holds the
commtech chip to the back scene so there is no damage if you open it up
and put the backdrop together. But who the hell is in charge of
twisty ties? They've gone insane here! The body of Kelvyyn is
even designed to hold a twisty tie in the bottom! You better have
wire snips handy.
Articulation - **
It seems like they tried here. Knowing Hasbro, you would have
expected that the sitting figures would have been sculpted and permanently
in that position, but no. Both Graxol Kelvyyn and Shakka have joints
to allow them to stand or sit. Graxol is pretty much a solid piece
of plastic, but has joints at the waist and knees area to allow the
sitting position. He has four more joints, shoulder and bicep cut
joints. Watto is the same as before, with shoulders, hips and neck,
and Shakka has shoulders, hips and knees.
Sculpting - ***
We've seen the Watto before, only with wings up instead of down. The
sculpt actually appears to be less detailed, but that may be due to a poor
Shakka is decent, although she doesn't rank up there with the other
females of her species. The feet are sculpted at an odd angle, but
she still stands on her own.
Graxol is excellent. Perhaps it's simply because he's so large,
and stands out amongst the other figures that I like him so much.
But this figure is worth picking up the set all by itself.
Accessories - **1/2
The only accessory is the base, but it's a superior base to even the
previous Cinema Sceens. The attach seats are great, and fit each
Value - ***1/2
These figures were worth the twenty bucks they cost originally, if only by
the smallest squeek. But for $7.99 they are a excellent deal.
Overall - ***
As Cinema Scenes go, this is one of the best. Getting two unique
figures, especially a figure like Graxol, makes this set a must buy for
the Star Wars fan. It's too bad that Hasbro ended the Cinema Scenes
- this kind of quality and character selection could have made them even
more popular. Too bad they seem to always wait until it's too late
to release the good stuff.
Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford