300th Boba Fett
It seems like there are far more than 300 figures...but I suppose Hasbro
knows best. The claim is that the original Carbonite Han was 100,
Mara Jade was 200, and this is 300. I believe them.
Boba Fett is an appropriate figure for the honor, since he remains one
of the most popular characters of the entire trilogy. This version
is more expensive than the average 3 3/4" figures, running
$9.99. They are shipping in cases of six, and showing up at Wal-mart
and Target right now. The one's I've seen are .01 for those who care
about such things - I don't know if a .00 version exists.
Packaging - ***1/2
Hasbro is notorious for it's awful packaging. This time they've
certainly out done themselves. I've seen 6 or so on the shelves so
far, and everyone looked in great shape. They seem pretty resistant
to damage, and they display the figure perfectly. Rather than the
usual twisty tie hell, they've formed the interior plastic into a shape
which will hold the Fett in the perfect position. The graphics are
great, and this is a very well designed box to display the figure.
He's clearly intended to stay in the box.
Articulation - *1/2
I'm being a little rough here. The figure has 5 points, and perhaps
waist, although I'm not sure. What it does not have is elbow, knee
or wrist, and that means it is only going to hold this one position.
He's a small statue - a very good looking one, but a statue nonetheless.
Sculpting - ***1/2
This is easily the finest Fett figure produced. The sculpting is
excellent, and the colors are extremely accurate. This is a
tremendous improvement over past figures.
Paint - ****
The sculpt is certainly an improvement on this figure, but even with the
better sculpt, without this excellent paint application it wouldn't be the
same. They've gotten the colors right for a change, and you can set
this guy right next to your Marmit Fett without worrying that he'll feel
Fett comes with a very nice little cloth cape, blaster rifle, handgun, and
rocket for the backpack. The backpack actually has two rockets - a gray
one that is for display purposes, and a black one that fits into the
backpack and can be fired. All the accessories are nicely done, but
there is one problem. Every one I've seen has some level of bending
on the blaster rifle. Because of the stance and packaging, the rifle
is forced too tightly against the shoulder, causing it to bend. If
you can, look for one with the least trouble.
Value - **
The current price of 3 3/4" figures is $6.99 at most retail
outlets. Considering that for $3 more, you're getting a far better
figure, it's not a terrible value. Still, the current figures are
way over priced, so it's not a fair comparison. This figure should
have been around $8.
Overall - ***
Drop the price a couple bucks and this figure would have been near
perfect. I can live without the articulation, but this is still over
priced. For the Star Wars fan, this is clearly a must have.
Below are pictured the three faces of Boba Fett - the original version
on the left, the more recent Power of the Force version, and in the center
the new 300th version.
Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford