Marmit Boba Fett
Marmit has produced several exceptional 12" Star Wars figures (along
with other figures). These have included the Tie Pilot, Stormtrooper
and Sandtrooper. The latest in the line is the most anticipated -
Boba Fett. Always a favorite with fans, folks have been waiting for
this figure with baited breathe.
Marmit figures are are half action figure, half model. The
costume has to be assembled on the figure, and takes some effort.
For Fett, the toughest piece was the cod piece - he probably felt the same
way. Make sure you have a hair dryer handy, and be extremely
careful. Take your time putting these together to avoid any
breakage. The armor fits tightly, so that it looks terrific, but
that makes it difficult to put on.
These aren't cheap - at $115 not including shipping, I got off fairly
cheap. Previous figures were under a hundred, and Fett's original
suggested retail was as well, but demand is driving the price up.
Shop around for the best deals.
Packaging - ***
Not a bad package, giving you a good view of all the pieces. It's a
fairly sturdy box as well, and you can remove everything without too much
damage. I would have liked some better pictures of Fett though,
particularly on the back of the package. Additional text would have
been nice as well.
Articulation - ***
Marmit uses their own style of body. The body is fairly thick,
particularly the legs, and all of the parts are held together with screws
so it can be disassembled if you so desire (although it's not
necessary). While the articulation is good, it is missing two major
joints - the elbows are not the double jointed style we've come to expect,
although the knees are, and the neck/head post has very limited
articulation. Some people swap these uniforms on to other bodies, or
supply heads for under the masks, but you shouldn't have to do something
like that at this price.
Sculpting - ****
The sculpt is predominately in the accessories and body armor, since there
isn't any head or face. The sculpting on these items is excellent
though, and if you compare this figure to photos of the Fett costume, you
simply can't help but be impressed.
In particular, the sculpt of the
helmet and breast plate is perfect. Funny thing is, getting the
sculpt right on this stuff shouldn't cost this kind of money.
The accessories, such as the guns and tools, lack detail. Part of
this is the fault of the original, as the tools and guns in Star Wars
weren't particularly detailed either. But that hurts the figure
slightly. Since there isn't a lot of detail, and none of the
accessories are die cast, it's hard to justify the high price point.
Uniform - ****
Yea, it's a little tough to get it all on him, but it's awfully nice once
you do. The hard plastic pieces - the helmet, breast plate, forearm
pieces, hands, boots, missile/backpack and cod piece - are of excellent
quality. The cloth uniform is a little disappointing, since the only
two pockets (in front on each leg) have velcro closures rather than snaps,
but the color is correct.
There are some minor quibbles - the hands don't stay on particularly
well, and since he comes with two sets (gripping set and relaxed set)
you'd assume you shouldn't glue them on. Without a head, the helmet
doesn't fit as well as I'd like, and is probably my major complaint.
But overall the uniform is excellent, including the wonderful half cape in
back, the perfectly sculpted boots, the boot covers, and knee pads.
Value - **1/2
There's no doubt that this is a high quality figure, but I was
disappointed on several pieces. The lack of a head or decent neck
joint, and the lack of good elbow joints surprised me. Likewise,
there really aren't that many accessories - two guns, the wookie braids,
and four tools - so I can't justify more than a hundred dollars.
Overall - ***1/2
I know that many folks will be disappointed that I didn't give this figure
four stars. But the price point hurts him - at $80 or so he would
have been perfect. Still, there's not a better Star Wars action
figure on the market, and you can see a fine comparison on the shelf of
the Hasbro talking Fett to the Marmit version. There really is no
comparison, and if you're a big Star Wars fan, you need to do some
shopping around for this guy.
I've heard that there is a QC problem with the first set of figures,
something to do with the color of the shoulder pads and knee pads not
being quite right. They look fine to me, so Marmit is obviously
quite particular, but these problems are causing a bit of a shortage of
the figures right now. Don't get too excited if you can't get one
too fast, and don't get impatient and pay a ridiculous price.
Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford