« on: June 17, 2007, 02:24 AM »
My quick take on these:
Bossk - Easily the best figure of the line. NO flaws that I can see. And yes, I wanted him bad... the previous versions were sculpted very nice but pretty lacking in articulation.
IG-88 - Kick butt again. Nice height, amazing articulation. I feel he's a little fragile for his own good (though this seems unavoidable given his build), and they screwed up the holster on his back (what the heck gun fits in this thing??? How did this get through?). But overall I give him a 95 for all the articulation and coolness.
Snowtrooper - I haven't gotten an opener of this yet, so this is preliminary... but it looks very cool in the package. I'm going to subtract just a bit for the clone head (this just bothers me for some reason). Let's go with a 95.
Han - This should have been my favorite, but misses the mark a bit for a couple reasons. First, they are absolutely nuts for not including the hood up head. And the hat they did include is the most worthless piece of junk imaginable. But thank god they at least put it off to the side in the bubble... that was really going to piss me off if he was useless for display in package because of the stupid hat. I can get past those pretty easily if the rest is all good. Unfortunately, the head has some paint issues on every one I've seen... I'm not usually too sensitive to head paint. But Han looks like he's been using way too much eyeliner (makes him look oddly feminine), and I really don't like when the hairline paint is messed up and their scalp creeps up into their hair. Still very nice on all other fronts. I give him an 87.
Luke - Hmmmm... tough one. Just doesn't really do it for me much. I was really looking forward to this one. Too thin, really bad head sculpt, and I don't like the color (specks) of his outfit. Some strange looking joints (elbows and shoulders), though not too bad. It's mainly the head and the almost nonexistent waist that kind of spoil this one for me. I still appreciate the articulation, though. 80.
Leia - Couldn't care less about this one, and don't understand why she got lumped in with all the other Empire figs like this. I would have much preferred a Hoth Leia. Doesn't look too hot either... long neck and all. I will say I really don't care if poncho colors are off though... that doesn't bother me at all. I have not opened one of these... I'll go with a 70. I just find it to be a strange choice.
One of the things that seems strange to me is that there seems to be a lot of loose parts on these new ones (Bossk's neck roll, Han's hood, IG-88's bandoleer and tubes and whatnot). I think I would prefer if most of these were actually glued down. This is an easy fix of course, but it makes them hard to play with in the meantime or if you don't want to modify your figures.
I have no problem with the price premium. I will gladly pay for the full package of articulation, and the chance to display in the vintage package for my non-openers. I don't think they cheated on any this year with those damn swivel elbows (Sandperson, many of the original VOTC). Good job... though Target's $12 price is a stretch.
Glad to see HTS has plenty of Snowtroopers. My extras are on the way.
Love this line... let's see Luke Hoth, Leia Hoth, Han Bespin, 2-1B, Walrus Man, Gamorean Gaurd, Han Carbonite, and Luke Jedi. I would dearly love a redone C-3PO and some of the others from the first batch on the wrong cards (like I want R2 on his Star Wars card), but I know those will never happen. I can dream though...