Packaging - ***
The packaging isn't too bad, and I certainly like the colors. The
cardbacks and bubbles appear to be very durable, and seem to hold up to
normal shelf wear well. The inclusion of the number of each figure
is also a nice touch with the new figures, and much appreciated by many
Sculpting - Dexter ****,
Plo Koon ***1/2, Tusken Raider ***1/2, Shaak Ti ****
These four figures are simply marvelous. Dexter is one of the
coolest sculpts in quite awhile, and is my favorite of the first 27 new
also shows off some
terrific sculpting work, but I knocked off a half point on Plo Koon and
the Raider simply because they don't stand *quite* as well as the
others. I could still stand them up without a stand, but the foot
position on both wasn't quite as good as the others. With pre-posed
legs like these, it's pretty important to sculpt a pose that stands well.
Paint - ***1/2
On these four in particular, the paint ops were great. I did see
some Shaak Ti's with spotty work though, and with all the detail on her
face it's easy to get a bad one. Be careful when picking her out.
I also knocked a half point
off simply because as much as I like Dexter, the paint ops don't make him
look quite like the 'real' Dexter. His 'jowels' are a darker gray
than in the photos.
Articulation - Dexter ***,
Shaak Ti *, Plo Koon **1/2, Tusken Raider **
As much as I like these, the articulation still isn't all that
great. Most have neck, shoulders, waist and hips, although this
varies by figure.
Dexter has the most articulation, but he has the most
arms. You can do quite a bit with the joints he has. Shaak Ti is the worst, with just shoulder joints.
Plo Koon is decent, and the cut joints at the elbows
really help the otherwise statue pose. The Tusken Raider is weak,
similar to Shaak Ti. At least she has waist, ankle and elbow joints
Quality - **
All the figures take a hit here. When I'm talking about quality on
these, I'm refering to the soft plastics that are the norm now.
It had previously been mostly
the accessories that were being produced in this softer plastic.
With the new figures, that hasn't been too much of a problem, since most
come with light sabers that are still nice and solid.
But the bodies themselves are
getting softer too. It's most noticeable with Shaak Ti out of these
four, and her arms were surprisingly weak.
Accessories - ***1/2
The accessories here are great overall. Shaak Ti's and Plo
Koon's light sabers look great, and the saber section is detachable from
Dexter has a pair of vicious
looking cooking knives, along with a 'saber dart' that you may lose within
10 seconds of opening the package.
The female Tusken Raider has
her gaffi stick (which is a bit wimpy looking compared to the previous
version) and her child. The child looks great, with excellent
sculpting and two points of articulation. He also fits nicely into
her back pack.
Shaak Ti, Plo Koon and Dexter
all come with those silly red or blue blast effects. I really don't
like them, but they are harmless enough.
And let's not forget that
Dexter and the Tusken Raider might also come with a background. It's
not particularly useful, but these two actually have pretty good scenes
compared to some.
Value - ***1/2
Did you pay the Walmart price of just under $6 for these? Then you
got a great, three and a half star value. For a nicely sculpted
figure with a couple accessories that's an appropriate price point these
Did you pay the $7 or even $8
from other retailers? Then you aren't getting that same value, so
you can knock of a star.
Overall - Dexter ****, Plo Koon ***1/2, Shaak Ti ***, Tusken Raider ***
These are good examples of the new 27 figures. The sculpting and
paint ops are great, with decent articulation and accessories. With
the lower price point the line has certainly improved. While some
characters like Dexter will still be stand outs, overall the line has
become more solid.
Where to Buy -
In the 'real' world, you can find these at Walmart, K-mart, Kaybee, TRU,
Kohl's, Electronics Boutique, Meijers, etc. etc. etc. The best
prices I've seen are at Walmart though. On-line:
Earth has a ton of course. You can usually depend on them to get
you minty cards if your a MOMC collector. (MROTW
Maniacs has quite a few, but at $9-$10 plus shipping, they are far
more expensive than your local retailers.
has an interesting deal on some packaged sets that will get your cost down
to $5.99 plus shipping.
Sniper has several bundles listed, but the price comes out to about $8
each plus shipping.