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Medicom Star Wars VCD
Boba Fett

We have a new guest reviewer tonight, Rob J. He's taking a crack at the VCD Fett, a little guy I'm beginning to wish I'd picked up.  Tell them why, Rob!

Ohhh not another Star Wars figure review I hear you cry. As if there werenít enough of these toys gracing the shelves and online stores around the globe eh? Well, I have always been a Star Wars fan but never bothered with the standard figures as there were so many, but then something recently caught my eye.

Trawling across eBay I came across these cute, super deformed versions of my Star Wars Favorites. Introducing the Medicom VCD Vinyl Star Wars figures. From Japan, these cute, caricature versions of your Star Wars favorites are certainly pleasing to the eye. But are they over expensive imports that arenít worth your money, or a must buy if youíre a fan? Read on Ö





Packaging - **
I am caught in two minds over this. There is no doubt in my mind the packaging is well done. Each character comes in his own unique box with a cool design. Boba has his cool logo on the front with the see through parts that reveal him slightly. Here lies the problem if youíre not intending to get him out much. I have no doubt Medicom intends for us to get Boba out and display him proudly on our shelves, because the packaging just does not reveal him enough. It would have been nice to see a flap on the box which you could have lifted to see him in all his glory.

I am a MOCíer and he is staying in his box. So every time one of my buddies comes round I have to open him up and slide him out which, is already causing wear to the packaging. Nice design Medicom but in my opinion, you could have gone for more of the see through thing as for MOCíers this is a real drag!

Sculpting - ***1/2
I think the sculpting of these Medicom Vinyls is what is going to make them so popular. As they are super-deformed they have the normal head and then smaller bodyís which are undeniably cute. Boba is very chunky with his angular yellow shoulder pads, huge gloved hands and big feet sticking out giving you a cartoon feeling straight away. This isnít going to be everybodyís cup of tea, but if you are into Star Wars and the Japanese SD style, you canít go wrong here.

The detail is excellent and not too overdone for this type of figure. He is after all, a cartoony type version and it would look strange to see the same amount of detail on him as say, a Kotobukiya sculpt. Saying that though, nothing has been left out of course as you would expect from Mediom. His little cape, Rocket Pack, rope and aerial (Donít get me started on the aerial) are all in tact. On close examination, Boba has a pencil under his left arm. Who else knew the most feared Bounty Hunter in the galaxy carried a pencil on him!? THATíS professionalism! 

Paint - ***1/2
Very good work here. Being a Vinyl it was always going to be a clean job. I could see very little wrong with Boba from the get go. If I have to be super picky there is the tiniest of bleeds under one of his knee pads but it is minimal. The paint colour is very nice too! Sharp enough to show off all of his familiar points, but not too bright that it looks unrealistic. Although he is a caricature, Medicom have kept him mean and moody with the right colour scheme.

Being such a busy Bounty Hunter and surviving many spectacular battles, (unlike Jango who was a wimp and never had a scratch on him!) Bobaís outfit is full of scuffs and scratches. This is recreated here as there are silver painted scratches on Bobaís Helmet, Rocket Pack, Gun and other body parts. So even if there were a few imperfections in the paint you could just put it down to him having another scrape but this is not the case. Very clean and very well done Medicom!

Articulation - **
Medicom state that this is for ages 15 and up and it is an ďAdult CollectibleĒ. The intent of this figure is mainly to display and therefore his range of motion is limited. Bobaís arms move out to the side and can be rotated a little as can his hands. Helmet can be moved ever so slightly left and right and the aerial on his helmet can be moved up and down but it is FRAGILE. Nothing moves on Bobaís lower half (the poor guy). 

Displayers BEWARE! My Boba was out for a little while as I set him up to take some pics and I knocked him off my 3 foot cabinet only to the carpet. To my horror his helmet aerial snapped CLEAN OFF :o( I have superglued it back on but now it is has obviously decreased in value, and I cannot move it at all as it is stuck fast.

Accessories - *
Boba comes with his shooter. Yup, thatís it folks. To be honest he has all his bits and bobs on him although they are obviously stuck fast on his body! The gun is nice and does just about fit in his hands so you can set up a few cool poses.

Fun Factor - **
VCD Medicom Boba Fett is mainly to display and to be moved too much. I found this out the hard way and although it was an accident, it didnít take much for the aerial to snap. Of course I would not recommend young children to play with this collectible. The figure is great to look at and offers a new and cool perspective to see your Star Wars favorites. However he will kinda just sit wherever you put him and you wonít have the urge to fiddle with him much.

Value - **
I managed to pick the little beauty up for a decent $70 (about £37 if you come from the UK like me). I think it originally went for around $50 but rare stock and it being imported has put the price up with some traders.

Overall - ***
I picked up Boba Fett because it was different to the usual yarn. It stood out for me and gave a new perspective to my figure collection which mainly consists of WWE Classics and video game stuff. People will oooh and ahhh over it for a while because of itís funky cool look and design. There is the downside of him not being very articulated but if you can get past this and understand Medicom made these figs for mainly display, you wonít bee too disappointed. 

I am really upset about the aerial and how stiff it was and did not stand up very well about being dropped on my carpet!! Subsequently I have lowered the value by gluing it back on. However I am still happy with this lovely SD design and different angle that Medicom has come from with this range of toys. They will look great on your shelf and your friends can coo over it when you tell them itís from Japan and you canít get it in your local Walmart! 

SCORE RECAP:
Packaging - **
Sculpt - ***1/2
Paint - ***1/2
Articulation - **
Accessories - *
Fun Factor - **
Value - **
Overall - ***

Where To Buy:
Well I bought little Boba after trawling eBay and I got him at a cool $70 however I have seen some eBay ďStoresĒ placing $175.00 with ďBuy it NowĒ tags on! Thatís just crazy!

CornerStoreComics do some of the VCD vinyl toys (Vader/Stormtrooper and Yoda) although I have not seen a Fett figure on there!


Figure from the collection of Rob J.

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