Thursday, January 15, 2009

Figure of the Day: Day 937: Count Dooku

COUNT DOOKU Wal-Mart Exclusive Comic Version
30th Anniversary Collection Comic Packs
Item No.:
Asst. 87504 No. 87792
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: Lightsaber, Anakin figure, comic book
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $11.87
Availability: May 2008
Appearances: Dark Horse comics

Bio: The Separatists have kidnapped Chancellor Palpatine and are fleeing Coruscant with their hostage. Boarding the enemy vessel, Anakin and Obi-Wan battle their way to the Chancellor and are challenged by Count Dooku, who is eager for another lightsaber duel with the two Jedi. Dooku defeats Obi-Wan, but is overpowered by Anakin when the chancellor urges young Skywalker to use the power of the dark side. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' desk.

Commentary: Hasbro struck gold with its comic pack line, taking new figures and new comicy versions of old favorites. The problem is that some of them are overwhelmingly dull, like Count Dooku here. He's different than the standard release from the basic 2005 Revenge of the Sith figure, but you might not notice that at first. It's worth noting that his beard is all white, his colors are darker, and his cape liner is much, much more dark and red than the basic carded version. There's not much else to mention here that hasn't been said about the basic figure, showing that Hasbro kind of missed what made comic pack figures interesting. This is, of course, new deco and accessories or wildly distinctive decoration. This figure is a great Count Dooku if you just want one, as it has good articulation and a decent likeness. But for comic fans, there's really nothing special here. Move along.

Collector's Notes: The roll-out for this figure, and his wave of exclusives, was more than a little strange. Depending on where you lived and shopped, it could pop up at any time over several months. For all I know, your local stores may still have these.

Day 937: January 15, 2009

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