Monday, January 29, 2007

Figure of the Day: Day 268: Jango Fett

JANGO FETT Final Battle
Saga Collection 1
Item No.:
Asst. 84851 No. 84505
Number: 0231
Includes: Blasters, backpack, flame blast, removable head
Action Feature: Spring-loaded flame blast, magnetic head can be "decapitated"
Retail: $4.99
Availability: 2002

Appearances: Attack of the Clones

Bio: The bounty hunter Jango Fett is a shrewd mercenary mysteriously linked to the growing Separatist army and the unexplained assassination attempts on Senator Amidala. His battle scarred suit of armor and muscular frame are physically imposing, and hidden beneath his sleek, domed helmet lies a coarse, pitted face hardened by a life of dangerous work and ruthless operations. Armed with dual pistols, a jetpack and flamethrower, Jango Fett is a mobile arsenal fully equipped for combat. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' toy shelves.

Commentary: Few toys are real toys in the Star Wars line, but Hasbro put a lot of fun action features that don't suck into this particular Jango Fett. Who ever expected Hasbro to make a figure where you could cut off his head? Or that had scene-specific knee articulation? Or a firing flamethrower accessory? I sure never saw it coming, and those of us that grew up on the original Kenner toys were both intrigued and dismayed when Hasbro pushed action features heavily in their line starting in 2002. Thankfully, this was one of the better figures, with incredible paint deco, above-par articulation, and, for better or worse, a scene-specific pose. The sculpting is great, and the look is nearly perfect-- except for the large gauntlet which holds the springs for the spring-loaded flamethrower. This is a heck of a nice figure, if you're a kid or if you're a collector. The fact you can cut his head off may be a little grim for some kids, but hey, if they saw the movie then it's nothing they probably haven't watched on DVD with the freeze frame feature at least a couple of times.

Collector's Notes: Since first appearing in 2002, this figure has gone on to become a staple of Battle Packs, appearing in the Jedi vs. Separatists set in 2005 and the Battle of Geonosis set in 2007. The later releases would be virtually identical, except they generally included one of his two blaster pistols. If you want the figure with both guns, be sure to get the original release. As far as articulation goes, this is probably the best Jango Fett on the market today. Fans are still requesting a super-poseable upgrade of the popular character, and I for one hope Hasbro gets with the program and cranks one out. I'm not the world's biggest fans of resculpts, but Jango is worth it.

Day 268: January 29, 2007

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