Hey guys, sorry for the late forum post on it, it completely slipped my mind last night when I did the newspost on our front page... It's traveled pretty far to the bottom by now too thanks to our smokin' newsteam here... THanks guys.
Anywho, this week there's a mini-Review-A-Thon for your reading pleasure... Four figures from the VOTC line. We're looking in particular at the Empire Strikes Back wave of VOTC actually.
Clicky the button, ready the review:
C-3PO represented everything Hasbro could do wrong with even the cheapest of figures, and yet they managed to do it wrong with their overpriced VOTC "Premium" figure line... Yes, we're basically blowing our rant load early by showing the worst of the entire Vintage assortment first (well, first for this wave anyway, but still I'll say right now he's the worst figure of the VOTC and easily the worst C-3PO ever... Even compared to the POTF2 figure IMO).
Lacking articulation is only the beginning of this turd's problems. The irony though? He's probably still the hardest figure of the VOTC to find... Priceless.
Darth Vader took fans really close to perfection on a character that had been long overdue for an "ultimate" version. The iconic villain of the classic trilogy had never looked better than in 2004. While he has his flaws, at the time he was really great and still is a figure worthy of recarding. The Evolutions Vader has replaced him as my favorite, but my VOTC still holds a spot on my shelf kneeling before his master, Palpatine.
Lando is the true intergalactic Pimp, and VOTC's Lando put all previous attempts to shame. It's probably the single best figure in the ESB Wave of these premium figures, but again he's not flawless. Hasbro saw fit to cut a couple articulation corners and how hard is it to make a removable cape on a figure who was seen with and without his stylin' space fashion? Lando could've used some tweaking but he's still one of my 2004 favorites and one everyone should have.
Good thing he's still widely available at many TRU stores.
Everyone's "little green friend" gets two incarnations in 2004, making him probably the biggest paradox for fans... Do you buy one, or the other? They're both good figures, and one's half the price, but the Vintage OTC Yoda sported tons of accessories and poseability unmatched in any Yoda figure (even the prequals where he goes ape**** and needs articulation the most).
Like plastic robes, you have the basic figure, like a vintage-esque poseable Yoda with cloth gear and you have the VOTC figure? He may not be everyone's cup of tea but I'm a cloth fan so VOTC Yoda gets some praise (and a couple complaints) from me.
Check out all the reviews... Share your thoughts with us too, by all means. It's nice to take a look back while I'm in the middle of reviewing the 2006 Vintage Saga COllection of figures, and in detail look at how the VOTC line of 2004 stacked up by comparison... It's also interesting to see that Hasbro made a number of changes in overall quality in 2006, making sure not to cut TOO many corners. Could it be they heard the cries of the fans during VOTC's run? I wouldn't doubt it myself.