Thursday, October 4, 2007

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 516: Boba Fett

BOBA FETT Battle of Carkoon
Saga Collection Basic Figures
Item No.:
Asst. 85770 No. 87052
Number: 006
Includes: Stand, Flames, Blaster
Action Feature: Push down rocket for quick-drawn action
Retail: $6.99
Availability: January 2006
Appearances: Return of the Jedi

Bio: A fearless, cunning and ruthless bounty hunter, Boba Fett delivers the carbonite-frozen Han Solo to Jabba the Hutt, when Luke Skywalker and friends attempt to escape the jaws of the almighty Sarlac, Fett must use his rope-firing wrist gauntlet to capture the crew. His jet backpack accidentally activates and Fett rolls into the clutches of the Sarlacc, where it seems as his bounty hunter days have come to an end... (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' toy shelves.

Commentary: As the third (or fourth, if you count variants) attempt at a Carkoon-specific Boba Fett, one would assume this would be the best. It's pretty great, as it combines some good parts of older figures, adds in some good deco, and fixes an eyesore from a previous release. The overall figure is decent, but what it is in actuality is two previous figures with a new rocket in his backpack. From the waist down, the figure is the 2004 Vintage Boba Fett figure, which means it has a normal pose, ball-jointed knees, ball-jointed ankles, and normal hips. The waist joint is nothing special, and from the waist up, the figure is the 2003 (and 2004) Boba Fett with the quick-draw attack. The end result is a figure that looks good in dioramas, is a decent toy. The sculpt is good, the deco is excellent, and that little flame stand is fun to futz with-- however, if you were a die-hard collector, you more or less had the parts of which this figure is the sum. Snag it if you're a Fett fanatic, otherwise you can probably give this one a miss.

Collector's Notes: This figure shipped throughout 2006 and was not hard to get. Seeing as many fans saw it as a step back, it remains fairly easy to get for a good price, especially in light of the more collector-friendly Saga Legends version hitting stores now. It's a neat figure, but it didn't really advance the science of toys or collector-friendly figures ahead much, it just cobbled together some good parts of two toys to make a decent, but not fantastic, new toy.

Day 516: October 4, 2007

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