Anakin's Swoop

Usually, I do my Star Wars reviews over at Yakface.  But I thought I'd mix things up a bit this week and do one here at MROTW.

This is Anakin Skywalker's Swoop Bike.  We saw him riding off on this bike on Tatooine, heading for the Tusken Raiders camp, searching for his mommy dearest.  This figure goes hand in hand (or light saber to throat) with the figure I reviewed last week, The Tatooine Camp Tusken.

This bike is shipping along with the Dooku and his bike from Geonosia.  I've only seen them at Target so far, and they retail for about $12.  It looked like the case packs were pretty much even, although I can't be sure since I didn't see them open the case.

Packaging - ***
These boxes reflect the slight color changes of the new packaging.  They look fairly good, and at least they take up very little room and are very sturdy.  They'll hold up to shelf wear quite well, and they are using more rubber bands and fewer twisty ties.

Sculpting - Bike ***1/2, Anakin **
This version of Anakin has one of the weirdest expressions to date.  Obviously, they were going for some sort of wild, insane look - instead, he looks like he just walked in on a nekkid Jabba the Hutt.

The body sculpt is fine, but the fly away look of the clothes might be too much for some, and the facial expression really takes this figure way down.  The bike is a different story.  The overall sculpting on the vehicle is great, with tons of detail all the way around.  Scale is very good as well, and Anakin can actually ride the bike and hold the handlebars without too much trouble and without any bizarre physical contortions.

The only real flaw on the bike is the rubber seat belt.  Did he strap one on in the film?  That seems so un-Jedi like.  This one doesn't fit around him very well, and really just gets in the way.

Paint - ***1/2
The paint application on the bike and figure is solid, with some nice detailing and weathering where appropriate.

Articulation - ***1/2
There's more than enough articulation on the figre, but the bike lacks any moving parts.

Anakin has neck, shoulders, elbows, waist, and knees.  He can sit on the bike fine, and has holes in his feet for foot posts on either side.  The bike stands fine on it's own, so finding a good way to display him on the bike won't be a problem.

Anakin's articulaton also works well with his action feature, and none of it is too obvious or ugly.

Action Feature - ***
As action features go, Anakin's light saber attack action isn't bad.  Push the button on his lower back and his upper body twists, swinging his right arm left and right in a nice head-chopping motion.  The button is as big and obvious as you'd expect, and that may turn off the collector looking for a nicer figure, who's uninterested in any action feature.

Accessories - **1/2
Anakin has his light saber, and that's it.  This light saber doesn't come apart either, or if it does, mine is too tight to separate easily.  I didn't want to force it.

Value - **1/2
The figures themselves are less than $5 at most locations now, so $12 for this figure/small vehicle combo is about two bucks too much.

Overall - ***
While this figure isn't as sharp as the Tusken Raider from last week, he's not terrible either.  I wish his facial expression wasn't so wonky - this figure would have scored much better had they managed a menacing visage.

Where to Buy - 
Like I said, I found mine at Target.  On-line:

- Entertainment Earth has the pair (Anakin and Dooku's bikes) for $32.

- Action Figure Express has the pair for $30.

Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford.

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