Mon Calamari

I have yet to come across Plo Koon, but a few of the latest wave have started popping up fairly regularly.  One of those is Mon Calamari, one of those Star Wars characters with a truly unimaginative name.  These are still selling for $6.79 at Target, although K-mart is another spot they are popping up quite often.

Packaging - **1/2
No changes from the previous figures, and not much else to say.  But you know, that new Survivor show is better than I had thought it would be.

Sculpting - ***1/2
This is a tough score.  It really is an excellent sculpt, both in the face and in the body and hands.  Problem is, we've already seen this sculpt - it's Admiral Ackbar.  Not close, not sort of, it's him.  The only differences here are the weapon, the colors, and some slight changes to the shoes and badge on his chest.  Oh, and let's not forget the helmet.

Articulation - ***
Decent for Star Wars - Calamari has six points, although the neck is pretty limited.  Even without knees, he stands extremely well on his own, and the arms are in a decent pose.

Accessories - ***
Unlike many of the other recent releases, at least we get some accessories here.  The blaster is decent, and is rubber-banded into his hand.  The helmet is actually very nice.  It fits perfectly, and looks terrifc.

Paint - ***
The paint work on head and hands is excellent, and the slightly splotchy look works well for a water based freedom fighter.  The costume is a little plain, but the paint application was good.

Value - *1/2
I paid seven bucks for a figure that is nothing more than a repaint.  It's a good repaint, but it's not worth seven bucks.  I'm a sucker for the aliens, but that doesn't mean everyone should be.

Overall - **1/2
Calamari really is a cool figure - I just wish I didn't already own it.  Would it have killed them to do something other than just paint and a hat to make him different from Ackbar?

Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford

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