Sunday, January 7, 2007

Figure of the Day: Day 246: Boba Fett

BOBA FETT Kamino Escape
Star Wars Saga Collection 2
Item No.:
Asst. 84861 No. 84863
Number: 0207
Includes: Helmet, poncho, blasters, blast effects, backpack
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $4.99
Availability: April 2002
Appearances: Attack of the Clones

Bio: The offspring of the resourceful and dangerous Jango Fett, young Boba was trained by his father in the art and skill of bounty hunting. The tragic events that soon befall Boba will give rise to a fierce desire and determination to become the galaxy's most feared bounty hunter. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: The shelf of Adam Pawlus.

Commentary: One thing fans always wanted to see was Boba Fett earlier in his career. But not this early. This really young version of the bounty hunter is armed to the teeth, with tons of accessories that once belonged to Jango, which more or less makes this a quasi-Expanded Universe figure of Boba getting started after the events of the film. (Or maybe deleted scenes stuff.) Either way, it's a unique figure, even if he isn't the armored terror we've all come to love.

Boba's skin color is a little pale, and he has seven points of articulation. It's possible for him to wear all his gear at once, but it does look a little funky. The tunic sculpt is simple, and acceptable for a figure of this nature. Of course, when you get right down to it, it's a pretty unexciting concept-- it's a tween with guns. With a little more armor, or maybe a truer-to-the-movie deco, this could be a really exciting release. But it is what it is-- Boba from the movie, with extra gear, at a low price. For the hardcore Fett fans, this is a must-buy. In and of itself, it isn't too thrilling, and might be a figure to skip if you're in need of space and/or money.

Collector's Notes: Like many figures in 2002, this one did pretty well-- most regions didn't get bogged down in it, but it did leave fans wanting more in a year where Hasbro really dropped the ball by, well, not making enough Clones. With so many other better (and older) versions of the character having been produced as toys, this isn't one I'd jump on if I was just getting started. But hey, if you're gonna collect them all, this is the only version of the Young Boba Fett out there, so you don't really need to worry about it being outclassed by a newer, better sculpt. This is it.

Day 246: January 7, 2007

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