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
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
Where to Buy -
Like I said, I found mine at Target. On-line:
Earth has the pair (Anakin and Dooku's bikes) for $32.
Figure Express has the pair for $30.