Packaging - **1/2
Been there, done that. But I won't say anything bad about the Force
File cards this time!
Sculpting - ****
I can't fault them on this wave! The Bespin Guard really looks like
the actor - check it out on the Force File card if you don't believe
me! Ketwol and Madak are simply great, with all kinds of excellent
detail in both the head and body sculpts. And even Sabe, who many
will think is the least exciting of this wave, is a terrific sculpt.
thing that never hurts - all the figures stand fine on their own, and
nobody has a bizarre body sculpt. Sabe's arms are sculpted to hold
the blaster in front of her two handed, but it's at least a reasonable
The nicest touch here is the
sculpted holster on the calf of Madak. The blaster fits, and looks
Articulation - ***
It's Hasbro. But it's Hasbro getting better. The Bespin Guard
is the best, with neck, shoulder, hips, waist and cut joints at both
Ketwol is decent, with neck,
shoulders, waist and hips. Cut joints on his arms would have been
nice, or something else with his legs.
is slightly posed, but it's a good pose, and he has neck, shoulder, hips
and waist. Cut joints on the arms would have been nice here too, but
he still stands and poses well.
is decent as well, with neck, shoulders, hips and waist. Nothing
stupendous, but all are at least serviceable.
Hasbro gets points this time for at least including some sort of accessory
with every figure. Madak has his blaster as does Sabe, and the
Bespin Guard is seriously outfited with a removable cape, cuffs, blaster
and club. But the winner of unusual accessory of the year is Ketwol,
with his removable pants.
Ketwol has really short little stubby legs. So to be big and
imposing, he wears stilts. These stilts are part of his sculpt, and
he comes with a pair of rubbery pants that go on over his stilts quite
easily and look great.
And I won't
say a single negative thing about the Force File cards!
The paint ops on all four figures is terrific. The eyes on Ketwol
and Madak are excellent (although some Madak's are coming without the
lines painted in), and the wash on Ketwol's uniform works for a
change. The details, such as pupils and eyebrows, on Sabe and the
Bespin Guard are perfect, and overall the paint colors are bright and
I wish I'd picked these up at Wal-mart for $6, but even at the Target
price of $7 they were worth it.
For me, this is one of the best waves in quite some time. Having two
aliens, even second rate, spliced-in-as-an-after-thought aliens, makes
this wave special, but the great work on Sabe and the Bespin Guard rounds
it out exceptionally well.
Where to Buy -
Wal-mart if you can - Target is getting them by the caseload as well
On-line you have all the usual suspects,
but most won't have them up on their web pages quite yet. The only
one I found was:
Earth has cases for $89.99. If the assortment really is just 12
of these 4 figures, evenly packed, then going in with some friends on this
one is a good deal. That comes out to $7.50 each, not including
shipping. (MROTW Affiliate)