|Packaging - ***
Taking its cue from the smaller dolls, this is like a scaled up version
for a single large figure, so it’s an oblong box just over 11” tall
with its top left and bottom right corners cut off at a 45 degree angle.
The front has a big window through which you get a good look at the
figure, while the sides have photos of the doll, as does the back
alongside the smaller versions available in series 2.
It’s a predominantly white box with blue accents, nice clean graphics
showing a distinct animated ‘Clone Wars’ flavour, so nothing
groundbreaking, but a nice solid bit of packaging that will protect the
Inside the box are two clear vac formed trays that the figure is held
between, there are also layers of clear cellophane between the body the
chest rig and the helmet to protect it from any paint rubbing whilst in
transit, and it must have worked as mine arrived in A1 condition.
Sculpting - ***1/2
The basic figure is just a
large weeble, so nothing major to report there in terms of sculpting,
but his chest rig, back pack and helmet are all very well observed.
The rig shows great detail on the armour in both the chest and
epaulettes, modelled and carved with nice deep crisp lines. However I
did notice one detail was missed on this figure that was strangely
included on the smaller one, it’s a relatively small aspect but on the
left chest panel should be two parallel
bars in slight relief, but they are conspicuous by their
absence, especially as the first smaller version had them.
The detailing is still very
strong and carries on round to the jet-pack, and although designed in
deformed’ style it still has all the
components you’d expect., In fact a lot of respect has been
shown to this element making it my favourite part of the whole figure.
The style and detailing coupled with the flat paint apps breaks the
whole thing down to simple geometric shapes, it’s a bit like looking at
a solid 3D illustration. The helmet is in the same style and again has
beautiful deep, crisp sculpt lines, and the sighting scope can also
swivel up and down with a nice smooth motion and feels very solid. So
all in all a cool representation that is unmistakably Jango Fett.
Paint - ****
Like a lot of designer vinyl, simplicity is the order of the day. The
base figure has no sculpting at all, every bit of it’s detailing comes
from the painted graphics that completely cover it. They show his face,
pouched belt, the blue suit and his crossed custom made Westar 34’s.
He has magnetic feet with painted steel toecaps. The painting on the
rig and backpack really is super crisp; every division line is
absolutely perfect. At first I thought some of the panels were stuck on
as separate pieces but they’re not, it’s an illusion created by the
crisp modelling and accurate paint apps. I’ve been scrutinising to see
if I can find any slop at all but I can’t it’s almost ‘too’ perfect,
right down to the alien glyphs on various parts of the jet pack, all
Articulation - **
Strictly speaking this figure isn’t exactly ‘articulated’ but you can
make a few strategic movements here and there.
The body can be placed in
various positions on the feet, the jets on the pack can spin, the
helmet can be turned and the sight-scope can sweep up and down, so
while he’s far from dynamic, at least he can strike a pose!
Accessories - N/A
Nope, nuttin, and this big version has no ‘smaller’ figures nesting
within either. It does however still come apart so you can use it for
storing your various loose parts of Star Wars related ephemera!
Outfit - N/A
Factor - **1/2
I look upon it as a very cool trinket box for your shelf, not exactly a
‘plaything’; it did however draw some comments while I had it perched
on my desk at work, so it’s a talking point at least.
How can you decide what is value for money when it comes to designer
Some of the more obscure fashion related ‘street’ pieces fetch huge
amounts of money as they have squarely crossed the border into ‘pop
art’. I remember when I was first getting into hi-end 1/6th and I used
to drop in on the Kidrobot site
to see the latest releases from Hot Toys, Brothersworker and Medicom
and I was always amazed at the prices some of the pieces demanded.
This however is a more mainstream, ’relatively’ mass-produced piece,
but it’s still in limited numbers compared to many Star Wars related
collectables, and as it depicts one of the Fetts I’m sure it will be
popular. But when all is said and done it’s really a big hollow plastic
egg with a helmet and jetpack, so for $55 it’s not exactly a bargain.
However I guess its it’s all about perspective, to many people a 12”
figure that costs over a $100 would be a sign of madness, whilst to
others it’s a necessity.
It’s a cute bit of whimsy really, more for your die-hard Fett fans or
completeist SW collectors, but it’s beautifully put together, as it
should be for $50+. If it had been more in the $30 to $40 area it would
seem like a much sweeter deal.
to Buy -
Being Star Wars related I thought Sideshow would have it but I can’t
find it anywhere on their site.
Earth have this on pre-order for $ 54.09.
Toys have a selection of Chubby figures.
have the large Vader on sale and an exclusive SDCC small scale Shadow
trooper Chubby .
If in the UK you’ll find it at Forbiddenplanet.co.uk
for £49.99 each and the smaller sets for £7.99.
Or you can hit
eBay where I’ve seen it for $60 to $75.