COUNT DOOKU The Clone Wars
Revenge of the Sith Evolutions & 30th Anniversary Collection Commemorative Tin
Item No.: Asst. 85553 No. 85727
Includes: Lightsaber, optional Sith Lightning hands
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: Fall 2005+
Appearances: Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith
Bio: After thousands of years, the Sith reveal themselves to the Jedi. Witness their evolution with these Sith figures! Darth Maul attacks the Jedi, revealing that the Sith are still a threat to the galaxy. Then Count Dooku, a former Jedi, comes out of hiding as a Sith Lord to attack the Republic. Finally, the Emperor, who should be fighting to save the Republic, is revealed as the most powerful and menacing Sith of all! (Taken from the figure's Evolutions box.)
Image: Adam's toy shelves.
Commentary: Darth Tyranus, better known as Count Dooku, received a surprisingly large amount of figures given he had one costume over two movies for about a grand total of maybe 40 minutes of screen "life." From his introduction to his demise, he was seen as a strong man with a firm focus and the ability to destroy those who dare oppose him. (Well, some of them anyway.) This figure represents the most articulated of them all, with a soft goods "skirt" and cape allowing him to sit and enhanced articulation which allows him to sit in nearly any pose. His face is much meaner and more focused than other releases, and he has that full range of motion you'll want in your duel dioramas. His cape has two colors (a nice touch), and overall, this is probably one of the best-overall versions of the character. His outfit is simple, but he can do pretty much anything you would want. The normal basic Revenge of the Sith version is also excellent, and between the two, you could probably cobble together a perfect figure any way you see fit. They're both good for different reasons, but this one is probably the most fun to play with and has the best cape-- so be sure to get one. As Hasbro seems to be intent to rerelease it once a year, this should not be a problem.
Collector's Notes: This figure has been available on the market in numerous different ways. The first release was in the Evolutions set with Darth Maul and Emperor Palpatine in 2005. In 2006, he was released in a boxed set with Anakin Skywalker, a Clone Trooper, and Jango Fett. The first release is getting reissued in late 2007/2008 in new packaging. So if you want it, you have no excuse for missing out on it.