Jango Fett and Zam Wesell
Everybody is gearing up for the big movie this
year...no, I'm not talking about Spiderman, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter,
or even MIB 2 or Blade 2. I'm talking about the BIG movie this year,
Episode 2: Attack of the Clones. SPOILER WARNING! If you don't want to
know ANYTHING about the film, then stop reading!
Hasbro has released four 'sneak preview'
figures. There's the Clone Trooper, who's role is pretty obvious to
anyone that's watched a trailer. There's R3-T7, a cool little droid.
There's Jango Fett, Boba's dad, who has a very large role in the film.
And finally there is the mysterious woman, Zam Wesell, who's role is still
fairly well under wraps.
Additional variations on each of these will
be coming out of later this year of course, but these first versions give us
a glimpse at the new packaging and figure style. They are popping up
everywhere right now, particularly at Wal-marts, where they are $6.44.
Packaging - **1/2
The new card style here isn't too bad, although I'm sure we'll see a much
more drastic change with the actual AOTC figures.
The bubble is nice and large,
and shows off the figure and accessories well. Nothing to call the
neighbors over, but perfectly adequate.
Sculpting - ***1/2
There's far greater detail here than on the early POTF figures.
This is a carry over from some of the nicer POJ stuff, and it's good to
see this extra attention to detail. Jango is particularly nice, and
you can tell the difference in the photo with the standard Fett.
The only knock I have against
the sculpting is the extreme nature of some of the poses. I had a
heck of a time getting a good position for Jango that he could hold on his
own, and although it was much easier to get Zam to stand by herself, her
pose is pretty dorky.
Although I'm not reviewing
the Clone Trooper here, trust me when I say his pose is the worst of the
Accessories - **
At least we're getting some here. Fett comes with his two blasters,
red flames that can be used either with the blasters or his backpack (see
the photos), and I suppose you could call his backpack an accessory since
Zam comes with her small
blaster and her blaster rifle, and one red flame as well.
The red flames are a really
nice touch, especially since you can use Fett's in more than one
way. But the blasters are all made of an extremely rubbery and soft
material. Most of the barrels are crooked, and I'm pretty sure that
it won't take the red flame on the end of Zam's rifle too long to bend
that rifle down to the floor. The cheapness of the plastic really
hurts the accessories.
One other note - Zam's small
blaster fits nicely into her holster.
Paint - ***
The paint ops are very good on Jango, except for some sloppiness on the
back pack. His body suit and helmet were all very nicely done.
But I'm deducting a little
for the back pack slop, and quite a bit for the slop on Zam's face.
I looked at a half dozen of her figures, and everyone had a problem with
paint overspray from the veil covering her mouth. The line across
her face at the top of the veil is very poorly done, and it's a pretty
Articulation - **
I already complained about the
pre-posed nature of these figures, so picking on the articulation should
be no big surprise.
Jango has hip, waist,
shoulder and neck articulation. He's pretty much designed for some
minor tweaking to get him to stand in one position.
Zam has neck (although it's
very limited), shoulder, waist, hips and one cut joint on the elbow of the
right arm. That cut joint is intended to make more gun poses
possible with both the rifle and small blaster, but the range of motion is
very limited again.
Value - ***
These figures were marked $7.44 at Wal-mart, and at that price I was ready
to slam them on value. But when they rang up at $6.44, I felt a
whole lot better. It's not perfect - these are really $6 figures,
and I can guarantee at other stores they will be $7-$8 - but it's close.
Overall - **1/2
If the quality of the plastic on the weapons and the articulation been
a little better - or even a little more useful - these would have scored
much better. As it is, Jango is still one cool mamma jamma, and a
definite must have for even the casual Star Wars buyer. The figure
isn't perfect, but the design of the character is great.
Where to Buy -
Most Wal-marts are getting in a ton of these right now. On-line you
also have lots of options:
Bliss has the best deal on-line that I've seen, through the
22nd. They are $7.99 each, plus shipping.
Sniper has a good price at $32 for a set of four plus shipping, but
they are sold out right now. Give them a call and check to see if
they have any in.
- Entertainment Earth has a four
pack for $40, but that's fairly steep. They always guarantee
mint cards, if you are worried about that with buying on-line. They also
have the new Jedi
Starfighter in stock for $32. (MROTW Affiliate)
Figure Express has a case of 12 for $75 plus shipping. (MROTW
Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford