I'm back... Thanks to Jeff for handling my responsibilities here, I appreciate it.
Well, my thoughts on Bib aren't quite as harsh as Tray...
I think he was a figure that, ultimately, needed a resculpt pretty bad and Hasbro delivered an improvement overall. But is he great? Does he set new standards? Does he really rank up with great "Senator-ish" figures like the ROTS Mas Ameda?
Not by a long shot... The robe's incredibly limiting to his arm articulation, but Hasbro could easily have done better with this figure's arms than they gave, and that hurts it... The face sculpt's not winning many fans either, and with it not really looking a whole lot better (at all really) than the POTF2 sculpt, then there's an easy negative really... I didn't mind the face terribly but it could be mmore accurate and less "expressive"...
I can't rate this figure as highly negative because it didn't have a staff... Fortuna didn't run with the staff a lot in the movie really, the dagger's accurate to him albeit a tiny speck of a point, and really that's cool enough for me but yeah a staff wouldn't have HURT... It'd have required a new sculpt though, that's always somewhat an issue. I think a new pistol (they have that sculpted) and perhaps the staff would have made the figure more interesting but I'd have given every accessory back for a figure that took more poses... The way I figure is I can get a vinty repro staff and just pass it off to the new fig.
At the end of the day, I bought Bib to fill a hole I felt was there in the collection... The old sculpt didn't hold up, and the new sculpt's 10x better overall but you get a figure you really don't care much about, and you'll not pick up again once you put it on display unless you're cleaning that shelf. It's just not an interesting figure... Could it have been? Arms that had shoulder joints plus the articulation he has currently, and maybe some extra accessories woudl have helped, but at the end of the day this guy was still gonna suck and pegwarm.
Around me, Bib and Leia Boussh are the pegwarmer's of the wave... Han would be runner-up if it weren't for his obvious customizing potential. Bib and Leia are all you see in many Wal-Mart and Toys R Us stores though.