Ah, I'm just laughing over here.
OK ok ok, I'll start off with this... I'd take a new Bossk, and only because Trandoshans get ALL da ladies... He's one of my more favored characters, so I'd like a new one with more articulation sure. I can see the point of not wanting one right now though.
It's a good figure for POTF2, it could be a great figure for Saga, that's all I'm sayin'...
Now, onto my Yavin Wave opinions, which is probably my most anticipated wave of figures.
Why you ask? Well, simple, it's ALLLLLLLLLLL army building and customizing fodder. Look at that wave! Awesome.
I'm beamin' with excitement and the chance to gloat a little. heh-TIE Pilot
... Obviously the least interesting considering we've had TIE Pilots galore in POTF2. Not new sculpts really, but not a "bad" sculpt in the first place and then improved with knee articulation. Pretty nifty I though... I have lots. The good news is the NEW TIE pilot doesn't necessarily make the old one look bad, but it's definitely an improvement in sculpt judging by the photos.
I wish they were lighter so I could make out the articulation count, but I'll live with the darker images for now. It was touted as "super articulated" I believe which is nice and gives me hope for a really nice army builder figure. Definitely looks more properly scaled/proportioned by its sculpt in those photos. I love it.... Even though I didn't really have it on my list of things i wanted.-Gold Leader
... AWESOME! Look at it! I wish he didn't have his helmet on in the photo is the only thing. I'd love to see the headsculpt to get a good look at how nice it is. The blaster pistol's a nice addition, and it's nice to see Hasbro sculpting chinstraps on helmets now... It's about time they took a page from some other toy companies that have been doing it for a while now.
If I had complaints, it would be a lack of articulation, and the pose is SLIGHTLY exagerated, but I still like the figure overall. It's within the realm of greatness. Not perfection, but as good as Hasbro generally does. Another grand customizing figure.
Hmmmm, I wonder if those leg straps are molded plastic and just a separate/flexible piece, or if they're cloth? If they're cloth, Hasbro bogarted a customizing idea i had a LONG time ago. If they're plastic, I'll be impressed if they let the figure's legs pose well enough.-General Jan Dodonna
... WOW, another doozie! His headsculpt looks good enough IMO... Captures his intense look of leadership. I always like to think of Dodonna as kind of the Patton of the Alliance. I can't see his bodysculpt to determine if they reused Antilles parts, but they hopefully haven't since Dodonna's a hefty fellow with a fairsized pot bellie. I also wonder if he'll have his waistcoat on underneath of his trench coat.
I'd say his accessories are a bigger disappointment than the figure... Not that I mind getting a blaster, it's great if they use that sculpt, but we all probably were hoping for a tactical map, or even just a little screen of the briefing map or something. Oh well... I'll take a blaster and a nicely sculpted figure of Dodonna for now... The medals are just "eh" to me. OK, but not too great.
I'm still happy to get this guy, and can't wait to use the pieces to make more Rebel Generals.-Captain Colton Antilles
... Ahhhhh, finally.
So to everyone who said they COULD NOT make a removable Fleet Trooper helmet, I laughed out loud at you today when I finally got the chance to take a gander at these new figures.
Hasbro can, and has... They really made a superior product to the POTJ figure overall with Antilles it seems. Sculpt is crisper, the blaster (so far) looks 100x superior to even the prototype blaster the POTJ RFT had, and that removable helmet is damned nice looking. Right down to the chinstrap... Yes, Hasbro even included a chinstrap.
Antilles only real problem is articulation IMO... I don't mind the headsculpt. It's got enough of a dumbfounded look to believe that Vader's killing him, and yet it's also neutral enough to buy the figure in droves and pop his helmet on and have a nice officer corps for your Rebel armies.
The articulation is a bit of a bummer... Articulated knees and ankles would've made him flawless IMO really, and he'd look neat like he's "dangling" with Vader's fist around his throat or something. I mean that custom woulda been a no-brainer.
One other "problem" is his shirt collar's not accurate totally. Antilles had a buttoned collar I do believe, but no biggie... It's a great custom fodder figure, and a good army builder for most people... It's articulated semi-well, has a GREAT to-scale blaster (So much for me making my own) and a nice sculpt overall. I can't wait to buy this guy in droves. This'll be a case I order, no doubt.
So anyway, I got my good laugh in.
I feel vindicated and I'm happy Hasbro gave the removable helmet... A thanks goes to them personally.
Now if I could only get them to make a NEW Rebel Fleet Trooper with all these improvements and some better articulation/pose.
Eh, I'll be happy with Antilles for now...
So that's my initial response right now.
This wave looks great... I'm reading about people saying how "Dull" and boring the characters are, and be that as it may, I think these will be figures that do well... The potential uses for these figures, and the fact people will want multiples, I think that will push this wave pretty well at retail.
Can't wait to pick these up, and I really am much more excited for 2004's figure line-up than ever. I'm happy as a clam right now!