This latest wave of 12" Episode 1 figures have been out for a few
weeks, but already Target has them clearanced! I picked up this
extra Sebulba tonight for $4.94. The original retail - and what
you'll most likely pay elsewhere - is $20.
The 12" Star Wars figures are some of the most hit and miss
figures produced. There is very little consistency in the line in
terms of quality, style, and sculpting, so it's always impossible for me
to tell in advance if I'm going to like one of these or not.
Packaging - **1/2
For Hasbro packaging, this isn't bad. They've gotten away from the
window curling around on top, always a great place for tons of smooshing,
and the background graphics on this particular figure are really
great. The figure is displayed well in the package, but as always
you have to destroy it to get him and his chubas free.
Sculpting - ***1/2
Many sculptors get used for the 12" line, or at least in comparison
with lines done by other companies. The one that did this work
(Scott Andrews, who does great work) has done an excellent job capturing
the look of the character.
Articulation - ***
Not a whole lot here, though I'm not too surprised. There is seven
points all together - shoulders, hips, elbow (swivels), and a ball jointed
neck (okay, so that's technically 8). I do want to point out that
while it's not oodles of articulation, what's here actually works. You can
pose Sebulba in a number of cool ways, and if you get his back arms just
right and his front feet just right, he can stand perfectly on just his
Quality - ***
Sturdy, well constructed, and not likely to fall apart any time soon.
Accessories - ***
Value - ***
I'm sure they figure twenty bucks was a little steep for a figure this
small, so they threw in three chubas instead of one. Of course,
there's not much to do with the other two, but at least they're
trying. And the chubas are pretty cool, made of a rubbery material
and looking like frogs on the highway a day after their demise.
Twenty bucks was pushing it. It's still not a bad value, just
getting close. On clearance this kicks butt! If you can find
one of these puppies at $5, don't hesitate to grab it!
Overall - ***
I bought one of these at full price, but couldn't resist picking another
up this cheap. In sculpting, this figure is a real winner, and on
top of that the articulation, while limited, works very well.