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Han Solo and Darth Vader
Force Battlers

We have a new reviewer tonight - Mapoo!  He has several Star Wars reviews coming up over the next couple weeks, and we start off with some Force Battlers.  Let's get the lowdown, Mapoo!

Hey kids, mapoo here, and today I bring you Star Wars Force Battlers. This was, for some reason the only Star Wars line that caught my eye this year. I know they are not picture perfect representations of our beloved George Lucas creations, or even super articulated but they are unique, and damn it I like (some of) them. Admittedly, some are rubbish, Chewbacca looks awful, and the Jediís look a bit boring, but a couple were interesting enough to make me get my wallet out and buy them, namely Han Solo and the first Darth Vader.






Packaging - ****
I like this lots. Itís basically a bubble card combo, but itís done really well. Instead of your basic rectangular bubble, itís a lot more dynamic and combine that with the eye catching card inserts and Hasbro are on to a winner in my opinion. The huge bubble also means the figure is shown of well, but the legs are a little obscured by the large insert. On the back you have the usual things, a quick explanation of the action feature, and pictures of the rest of the line. Both are very clear and show it all of quite nicely.

Generally it holds up to shelf wear well, I havenít seen many with much damage, but the corners can curl a little. I cant seeing this being much of a problem though as most will be going to kids who will keep it on the card for about 8.75 seconds. Overall though, it will keep everything safe and it looks good. What more can we ask for?

When you open him up youíll find a plastic tray holding your figure, and something I havenít seen before. Not a twist tie in sight, and in there place a number of little elastic bands (which I have seen) holding him in place using little ďTie- FightersĒ (which I havenít seen before). See the photo if your confused. They donít seem quite as awkward as twisty things, but hands can do magical things so it could just be me.

Sculpt - **
This is a kids line, so the sculpt here is about as basic as its comes, but it still works. Vader is easily the better of the two; but as the character is much more detailed its no surprise. His head and chest are his two stand out points, with his helmet being exactly what youíd want with this style of figure. Itís obviously Vader, but itís still a bit cartoony. The rest of him is pretty dynamic; his cape is billowing of to the side and his chest is chock full of angles. Both hands are sculpted to hold his light-sabre, but as his left arm is set to hold his shield the second hand is pretty unnecessary. Vader also has a cloth cape on his back which hooks over his shoulder pads.

Again Han has a very basic sculpt, but I wasnít expecting a life like rendition here so Iím not too upset. We get Han in his iconic style, white shirt waist coaty thing and his gun holster; all done in the unique style of the line. He has very little detail on his clothing, only a few pockets and his holster stand out, but Iím getting exactly what I expected from the figure, a whole bundle of fun. My one gripe here is his face, it doesnít shout Han Solo too me, sure it looks as moody as you would want, but it could have been better.

As positive as I am about their sculpts, the very basic nature of them means I canít give them a higher score.

Paint - **
This is nice and simple; I genuinely canít see anything wrong with any of the paint on the figures. Nothing. However, like the sculpt, its pretty basic with only the faces and a few buttons and stuff here and there having any small detail work. Therefore I canít give it a higher score (spot a trend here?).

Articulation - **
Vader weighs in with 10 points and Han Solo has only six. Not much you may think, and youíd be right. It sounds even worse when you realize that some of those joints are next to useless thanks to the action features. Vader looses his right hip and waist joints while Solo misses out on using his right arm and leg.

Accessories - **1/2
Vader comes with his customary light sabre, and a somewhat new shield. I donít remember seeing him ever need a shield, but maybe it happened some time in episode 3, I have pretty much blanked that whole experience out of my mind (DAMN YOU GEORGE LUCAS!!!!) . 
Hansís accessories were nearly awesome, and from some angles they are. He comes packed with his storm trooper disguise from Episode IV. However most of it only covers his front. He has two pieces for his legs, one for his chest and his helmet. His arms are already white so no need for armour there. When you put them on and look from the front itís quite good, turn him round and its just silly. He also has a gun that fires out a large red bullet.

Fun Factor - ***
Kids will love them, they are big, Star WarsTastic and have the action features that all kids crave.

Value - **
At £10 a pop they are a few pounds too much but I did get a little of thanks too the joy of staff discount. But id still like them to be cheaper, but isnít that the same with everything. 

Overall - **
I liked the style, but he relatively high price takes half a star of the overall score. They are good quality and most kids will dig them, but Iím pretty sure these will not be for everyone.

Score Recap:
Packaging - ***
Sculpt - **
Paint - **
Articulation - **
Accessories - **1/2
Value - **
Overall - **

Where to Buy - 
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Figure from the collection of Mapoo.

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