Packaging - ***
The boxes are actually pretty nice - surprisingly nice for Hasbro!
It's sturdy, with a decent design and graphics, and it can be opened and
reclosed without tearing it up.
Only one problem - the figures are really too heavy to hang from a peg
with the flimsy hanger they've provided. If you find them on the
shelf, you'll be okay, but the ones hanging from the pegs are going to get
Articulation - Bupkis
Okay, maybe I wasn't supposed to expect any, but arms and neck aren't
asking too much. He's really just a big pvc, and a hollow one at
Sculpting - ***1/2
If you like the super deformed style, then you'll like these
figures. If you don't, guess what - you won't.
the sculpting here is good, in the style that's intended. There's
lots of detail, with perfect proportion.
Paint - ***1/2
The paint ops are also very good. I didn't see any slop on these,
and the colors are bright and clean. The battle damage on Fett is
particularly well done, and he's probably the most complicated of this set
in terms of paint ops.
Talking Feature - **
One of the big selling points on this set is the talking feature.
Unfortunately, it's not all that exciting.
I'm assumed they
would use the same chips from the earlier talking Fett. Maybe they
thought that would be too cheap...so instead they give him fewer lines.
has three lines, two of which he shares with the 12" talking Fett -
"He's no good to me dead." and "What if he doesn't
survive?". He also says "as you wish", but has no
blaster sounds, unlike what the box advertises. If you've managed to get a
blaster sound out of this guy, please let me know!
has a 'light up' feature. This means there is a tiny red light in
the blaster that flashes in time with the pronunciation of the words.
features are weak, and certainly don't make up for the price.
Most super deformed figures are only about three or four bucks at
most. These are costing nine bucks and more! While they do
have the talking/light up feature, it's certainly not worth doubling the
cost of something like this.
Overall - **
Lots of folks were really looking forward to these, but I think they'll be
disappointed. While the sculpting is good, the cost and weak talking
feature really hurt these. I'm betting that the Fett, Stormtrooper
and Vader may sell okay, but the droids and Chewie are going to pile up on
the shelves fast.
Where to Buy -
I've seen these at Toys R Us for $10 each, or at Meijers for $9. Obviously, if you have a Meijers in your neck of the woods you're a lot
better off buying there. On-line it's a little tough right now -
most stores like New Force Comics and Entertainment Earth are currently
sold out. You should be able to find them here
Figure Express has a case of 8 for $80 plus shipping. No savings
there, but if you can't find them at retail... (MROTW Affiliate)
Time has the set of six for $60 plus shipping as well.
Action Figure has the set of six for $65 plus shipping.