Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Figure of the Day: Day 17: Jango Fett (Pilot)

JANGO FETT Slave I Pilot
2002 Saga Collection Collection 1
Item No.:
Asst. 84851 No. 84909
Number: 0247
Includes: Twin silver blasters
Action Feature: Quick-draw attack activated by pressing down missile
Retail: $4.99-$6.99
Availability: Fall 2002

Bio: The bounty hunter Jango Fett is a shrewd mercenary. Armed with dual pistols and a jet backpack, he is always prepared for dangerous confrontations. Jango is equally as dangerous in space as he pilots his modified starship, Slave I, to capture or destroy anything that gets in the way. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Shelves, we love you.

Commentary: A wildly popular figure, this was the final new sculpt of Jango Fett to be released as of today-- and it was in 2002 that it came out. With working holsters, a quick-draw attack, a top-notch sculpt, and above-average articulation (for the time), this was a great looking figure and a welcome addition to the toy line if for no reason other than it gave you the best figure to use in the vehicle, "Jango Fett's Slave I," which was released earlier that year. While there's no sign of the character's distinctive helmet, everything else is here and represented in top form, from the scars to the battered armor. The figure's mechanism works well, and he fits right in the pilot's seat, just like he should. This is a figure that delivers everything it should, however, the lack of helmet (and the bulky pilot's gear on his head) may turn some fans off due to this being less than the most interesting Jango out there.

Collector's Notes: While vastly popular in some markets, we found others in which this figure simply did not sell-- rows and rows of this figure and this figure only languished in certain regions in Phoenix, AZ in 2002 and we were quite surprised as he sold out everywhere else. This figure can be easily had for his original retail price, if not cheaper.

For a collector on a budget, it's not a bad deal. However, if you only want one Jango Fett, it may be best to get one that includes a helmet. To date, this is the best helmet-free face sculpt of Jango, and as a fairly decent toy, it's worth picking up if you open your figures and are willing to buy multiples of a specific character. After all, one Jango isn't even close to enough.

Day 17: May 23, 2006

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