I've already reviewed some of the smaller figures - now Target is getting
in the 12" versions of Attar and Davidson. There is also Daenna
pictured on the back, but she is not currently shipping. I even
asked the Hasbro rep that was unpacking the cases, and she said she had
yet to see her.
The figures come packed six to a case, 4 Attar and 2 Davidson.
Target has them for the relatively fair price of $19.99. I have
heard that some Toys R Us stores are also getting these in, but I haven't
heard of them hitting any other retailers yet.
Packaging - ***1/2
High marks for Hasbro! The packaging is very attractive, and shows
the other characters in the 12" line on the back of the box, along
with decent text on the movie and the particular character. You can
see the figure well, the box is extremely sturdy, and on top of it you can
remove the figure and his accessory without any serious damage to the
package. Nice job!
Sculpting - ***
The head and hand sculpts on this figure are very nice. The head
sculpt might appear to elongated in the top picture, but when you see him
in relation to the rest of the body and the helmet, it works.
The sculpt on the hands allow them to hold the club, a plus in today's
action figure market. Far too many times we're treated to utterly
worthless accessories that can't be held by their owners.
Articulation - *1/2
Well, he has joints. That's about all I can say for him. If
you've been subjected to the Starting Line Up or Star Wars figures for
these past several years, then you've seen this style of Hasbro body
before. And it sucks. That's a highly technical term.
The uniform doesn't help. The arms can't rise above his waist,
and the legs have very little forward and backward mobility. Considering
the quality of the rest of the 12" market, these figures are
pathetic. I realize that Hasbro is trying to save money by reusing
the same body over and over and over...and over. But I'm tired of
them passing this body off as a 'special collectors edition'.
Accessories - **
There's one - a hefty club.
Since I haven't seen the movie yet, I have no idea how true it is to the
source material. I'll assume it is - how hard is it to get a club
right. It fits in his hands, and that's saying something.
However, where's the gun? I'm sure they have them in the movie,
and I have no idea why we got shorted with the figure.
Outfit - **
At first glance, the style of the outfit isn't bad. The helmet,
although soft, fits well and looks great. The armor pieces are sewn
to the body suit, making it difficult to undress this guy. But at
least that way the pieces aren't dropping off every time you turn your
His feet are part of the boot sculpt, although he also has feet hidden
inside the boots. The armor does restrict movement quite a bit,
particularly in the arms and hips.
The oddest part of this costume is the addition of the 'fur'. Attar
is having a bit of a bad fur day, particularly on his arms. They've
sewn fur to the body suit in places where fur would likely show
through. For example, he's furry around the waist, neck line, and
under both the front and back flaps of his, uh, crotch protector.
It actually looks quite good in those areas, slightly hidden and
subdued, but it still gives the impression of a gorilla body. But
for some reason, they decided that he needed the heavy fur around his
elbows as well, and since there is no armor or gloves anywhere near this
to cover up the body stocking, it's quite obvious that this fur is just
sewn on, and not really part of the ape.
Overall - **
I thought the smaller figures were disappointing, but at least the
sculpting helped overcome the other weaknesses. Here, the only real
plus is the sculpting, and it's just not enough to compensate for the
You can't help but compare these to the previous figures from Hasbro,
and I have to say that I'm not any more impressed. The style,
quality and look are on par with their earlier 'collector series' of
Planet of the Apes figures.
Where to Buy -
In the real world, you can find these at Targets and Toys R Us stores
I really can't recommend any place on line right now.
Entertainment Earth and Action Figure Express have them in a special 3
pack, but at $90-$100 for the set you'll be paying $30 a pop for figures
you should be able to find at Target. On top of that, I'm unsure how
they plan on selling Daenna - will Hasbro release her to all retailers, or
will she only end up in these special three packs? Since she isn't
shipping in the regular cases right now, it's hard to say.
Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford