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
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.