Fode and Beed
You either love them or you hate them - the sports announcers Fode and
Beed from the Phantom Menace. Sure, they were pure cheese, but some
folks found them hilarious. Now we have a 3.75" version of the
annoying pair available at most retailers for $6-$7. The are showing
up at Wal-Mart's mostly, but Target and Meijers is getting in on the act
This is the second version of Fode and Beed. The first was
released in a Beast set with Jabba the Hutt, but that version is rather
rare, particularly the U.S. version of the box.
Packaging - **
Alright, I'm growing tired of the package already. Maybe that's just
because there's been a dozen new figures popping up in recent weeks, and
the pegs are filled with these carded figures once again. Hopefully,
the Christmas season will help Hasbro turn a profit.
Another fine example of no accessories. What, we don't even get a
microphone? They could have repackaged that silly mic from the
Cantina singer, but no, we get jack.
Sculpting - **
The sculpt is tolerable, although it's not perfect. This time the
heads are at least on the right sides - as I understand it the heads on
the same figure that had been packaged with Jabba earlier in the year were
reversed. But this reasonable sculpt is ruined by...
Yuck. The color of the faces doesn't match the rest of the body, so
they look completely out of place, and they certainly don't look like the
art work we get provided on that valuable little piece of paper included.
Articulation - ***
Here's a shock - a Star Wars figure with lousy paint and sculpting, but
great articulation. We get ten points this time - one on each neck,
one at the bottom of the neck, one on all four shoulders, the hips and the
tail. Too bad they wasted this articulation on an otherwise poor
Value - *
Once again we're paying seven bucks for practically nothing. Too bad
Hasbro isn't profiting from the ridiculous price point.
Overall - *1/2
I buy all the aliens. That is the only reason I have this particular
figure. Sometimes that particular compulsion makes me feel much like
a man who puts his money through a paper shredder. This is one of
Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford