Monday, June 25, 2007

Figure of the Day: Day 415: Count Dooku

COUNT DOOKU Geonosian War Chamber
Saga Screen Scenes Collection
Item No.:
Asst. 84997 No. 84980
Number: 1 of 2
Includes: Death Star plans, half of table, other figures
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $24.99
Availability: Summer 2003
Appearances: Attack of the Clones, Clone Wars, Revenge of the Sith

Bio: Count Dooku was a skilled Jedi Master and the Count of Serenno. Later in life, Dooku fell to the dark side of the Force, disgruntled with the corrupt Republic, and became Darth Tyranus, the apprentice Dark Lord of Darth Sidious, replacing Darth Maul and being replaced in turn by Darth Vader. (Stolen from Wookieepedia.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' TV tray. Inset: accessory in Wat Tambor's display stand.

Commentary: There was no shortage of Count Dooku action figures since 2002, and each of them seemed to have one or two interesting facets that you couldn't find elsewhere. This figure's is obvious-- it's the Death Star plans holo. The figure itself has a face that, while Christopher Lee-esque, seems a little too long and a little too... caricatured compared to some later figures. Still, the figure has a hand sculpted so he could hold the Death Star plans in his palm, a cape, and well, aside from standing in the scene, the figure cant' do too much else. The figure's sculpt is on par with other Dooku figures of his day, and he has about 7 points of articulation-- in other words, if you have the Revenge of the Sith release or the Evolutions version (both of which were later reissued) then this one is a step down. Except for the accessory and the other figures in the set, which are the real selling points here.

Collector's Notes: While never released individually, the Death Star accessory was designed to plug in to a small slot on the stand of Wat Tambor. It's all about synergy. Or rather, it was during Attack of the Clones, when Hasbro decided it was a good idea to have toys connect to one another much more frequently than ever before (or ever since). Due to the nature of the plastic in the accessory, over time, it may sag-- as such, you may wish to rotate it or take it off display and lay it on its side from time to time.

Day 415: June 25, 2007

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