Packaging - ***
New movie means new packaging, and the
blue is certainly eye catching. The larger bubbles allow these figures
to fit with their action poses. The text on the back outlines each of
the characters in the series, has some text about the particular figure, and
now each of the figures themselves are numbered. Overall it's a decent
looking card, with some nice graphics.
Sculpting - **
The sculpting on this figure is great - if you don't compare him to the
photo at all. He has this dynamic, rough and tough look to him.
But it doesn't match up well with the source material.
The lower half of the face is
too thin, with too pronounced of a chin and neck. It's as if both
these characters are of the same race, but certainly not the same person.
Paint - ***
The paint ops are decent, with clean lines around the eyes, teeth and
clothes. If you want to be picky, it appears that the spots on his
head are far darker on the figure than on the character himself, but that
may just be due to the basic photo.
Also, there's something about
the facial and head coloring that leaves me a bit cold. Unfortunately
I can't quite put my finger on it, but he's not as sharp looking as I
thought he would be.
Articulation - ***
There's 9 points here - it's surprising how you can have that many points
and so little poseability.
There's neck, shoulders, waist,
wrists, hips, and the right elbow. But the neck is restricted by the
hair sculpt, and the left shoulder is only useful for the chopping action.
The most important joints here
are the wrists. Because they are articulated, they can hold the
lightsaber together, as well as separately.
Accessories - ***
You get the usual light saber, although the work on the handle is
extremely good on this one. There's lots of detail, and the shine
makes it look just like metal. UPDATE! After a reader pointed out
that I should look again, I've come to realize that they are metal.
Action Features - ***
There are really two action features with this figure. First is the
aforementioned chopping motion. Lift the left arm and a spring brings
it back down in a chop. It's not a complicated thing, but the spring
seems tight and it works as advertised.
The other feature is the
'force' feature. There's a magnet in the right hand, and one in the
handle of the light saber. Place the hand close - very, very close -
to the handle and it sticks. It also works, and is strong enough to
hold the light saber in the air with just the magnet.
Value - *1/2
If you pay nine bucks for these,
you're getting ripped. Okay, I admit that I bought a few, but I'm
often weak. The smart money is in waiting until next Tuesday, when
these boys are going to be ALL over the place.