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Captain Antilles

The College Bum, Sean Teeter, is back with another Star Wars review.  This time it's the Fan Favorite #5, Captain Antilles - take it away, Sean!

Hasbro introduced us to the Fanís Choice figures back in the short-lived Power Of the Jedi line. Basically Star Wars fans voted on the Hasbro web site from a small group of un-produced characters in the Star Wars universe for the one they really wanted to become realized in plastic.

The first was Ellorrs Madak, one of the background aliens in the Cantina scene. Next came a deluxe packaged Amanaman Ėthe only Fan Choice figure to have a predecessor in the vintage line. Number three was the near-legendary Ephant Mon who was almost never found on the racks due to very poor execution from the regional shipping angle. The fourth was the McQuarrie concept Stormtrooper, a figure I still have yet to see anywhere on the racks despite having been out since last year. Because of this rarity, these last two command some rather high prices on the secondary market. 

The fifth figure is hitting the shelves now and from what Iíve seen, thereís no problem finding Captain Antilles at the local Target. Of course if everyone remembers, Antilles virtually tied with General Jan Dodonna in the fan poll, so Hasbro decided to produce both figures even though Antilles will be the only one with the Fanís Choice sticker. Janís also showing up in decent quantities as well so you can snag both if need be.

I think a lot of fans were slightly disappointed by the selection of characters listed in the polls this time around, which might explain the number of these guys warming the pegs. 





Packaging - **1/2
At one point in the past I gave this category three and a half stars because the simple blue and gold patterns looked really nice and classy, but in light of what Hasbro has done with their animated Clone Wars packaging, as well as the nice silver and black retro packaging for their upcoming Original Trilogy line, the blue and gold just doesnít cut it anymore. The bubbles also seem to be made with cheaper plastic in some cases, leading to easily dented packages.

This package also has the red Fanís Choice sticker on the bubble. The gold stripe is labeled as ďFanís ChoiceĒ as opposed to ďA New HopeĒ.

Sculpting - **1/2
Itís kind of hard to see Antillesí face in A New Hope since his entire onscreen appearance consists of Darth Vader choking the living crap out of him.

Scale-wise, he appears to be a little too tall to reproduce that same scene with any of the Darth Vader figures out there. The main body looks fine: thereíre plenty of wrinkles in his pants and the pockets on his vest are nicely done. The sculpted holster also works well in conjunction with the vest Ėhiding the captainís side arm.
The hands are okay. One is open wide and the other is sculpted with an extended trigger finger. It looks a little awkward without the pistol in it, but I guess you can pose Antilles scratching his nose with it every now and then. The angles of the arm sculpt really limit his posing to just a couple of positions, and the added articulation doesnít help it much.

The face is kind of strange. His expression just doesnít seem to match up with any action you could possibly place him in. In fact, he looks kind of like Haley Joel Osment. I see dead Stormtroopers . . .

The fact that heís not the most exciting figure to sculpt kind of works against him a bit here, especially since all the other Fanís Choice figures looked pretty damn good on display. Antilles is just kind of humdrum.

Paint - **1/2
Anywhere thereís brown on his body (boots, shoulders, belt, holster) thereís some bleeding to be found. The eyes also appear to be kind of squinty. Thereís just too much black liner used at the lids.
Other than that, he looks pretty close to the source material.

Articulation - ***
There are some interesting things afoot in Captain Antilles. First off, he has eleven points of articulation: a limited ball-joint head, an extendable neck peg, and cuts at the shoulders, elbows, wrists, waist, and hips.
You canít really pose Antilles too much. I would have liked knee joints so he could crouch down with the other rebel defenders, but his legs are stiffer than good bourbon. Thereís a little play with his arms however and you can position them in a good ďat-easeĒ stance behind his back.

As noted on a few other web sites, both Antilles and Dodonnaís arms can pop off, allowing for easy removal of their sculpted jackets. This is great for those of you who love customizing figures, especially since the jacket is identical to the one worn by Dodonna in the war room scenes in A New Hope, except for the insignia color. Hereís a link that Mr. Crawford was nice enough to point my way.

The other oddity is Antillesí neck. It stretches out of his body. I guess this was intended to make it easier to allow a Vader figure to choke him, but it doesnít really help and just looks pretty odd. Guess his full name is Stretch Antilles. 

Accessories - **1/2
Antilles comes with a blaster, a helmet, and a stand. 

The stand seems to be Hasbroís standard filler accessory nowadays. Itís okay, but so far none of the figures packaged with it really need it to stay upright.

The blaster looks nice, but is missing the silver paint ops seen in the movie with the other rebel troops on the Tantive IV. The same blaster is also packaged with Jan Dodonna and Dutch Vander, Gold Leader. 

The helmet is a bit of a mess. Sure it looks the part, but it seems to be a tad huge on Antillesí melon. The paint ops are really shoddy as well: the black on the front is blotchy around the edges and the gray antenna on the side isnít painted all the way to the helmet line. Thereís also a really ugly molding swirl in the front right on a sculpted line. The one I kept on card has a similar one as well. (It doesnít show up that well in the pictures.) 

Since this appears to be the only accessory with this figure that isnít a total reuse, itís a real shame that a little extra care didnít go into it.

Durability/Quality - ***
Heís pretty solid, even with the removable arms. I donít think heís going to suffer too much damage. His helmet strap might however. 

Value - **
I paid $4.99 at the local Target, and only felt okay about it. He just doesnít come with a whole heck of a lot of value when compared to some of Hasbroís other figures on the pegs. Pay more than five dollars and you might feel slightly ripped off. 

Amazon.com briefly had him in at $7.99 a pop. Heís currently out of stock, but more are on the way. They also have some of the other new figures in as well. Cloud City has him for $9.99 on C-9 cards, $8.99 for C-7 & C-8 cards. Planet Action Figure has him in a pre-sell deal with Jan Dodonna, Dutch Vander, and the TIE Fighter Pilot for $34.00.

Overall - **1/2
Fanís Choice status aside, Captain Antilles is a pretty middle of the road figure. When it comes to play value, heís kind of useless. For display he only works as himself for one scene. Luckily he can be customized for other displays pretty easily, and makes a decent enough generic rebel figure Ėjust wish his arms were done with a little less extreme angles on the elbows. On his own heís pretty boring. 
There is no Darth Vader figure currently in production that can wrap his hands around Antillesí neck, and frankly I donít want to see a big-handed Vader with a ďRebel-Choking ActionĒ feature. Although, if one were made Iíd buy it anyway for sheer laughs. So this leads us to the biggest question of all: which Vader figure should one use with Antilles for display purposes, and how can we choke him?
Itís a tough call. The best-looking Vaders for this scene are the Comm-Tech version and the Masters of the Darkside 2-pack version that was repackaged as the Death Star Clash Vader. Both have cloth capes and are pretty close to the New Hope costume design of Vader. The Bespin and Throne Room Duel Vaders have an easier time effecting a chokehold, but donít look as good, especially with the sculpted capes. I ended up attaching the Comm-Tech Vader to Antillesí neck with two of those clear rubber bands every Star Wars figure comes with to hold their accessories in place. To give him some extra height, I used the Comm-Tech chip/stand he came with. Play around and see what you can come up with.


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