Thursday, January 22, 2009

Figure of the Day: Day 942: Jango Fett

JANGO FETT with a real poncho, or maybe a Sears poncho
30th Anniversary Collection Basic Figures
Item No.:
Asst. 87500 No. 87459
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #3057
Includes: Poncho, holsters, blasters, helmet, backpack, greaves
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $6.99
Availability: November 2007
Appearances: Attack of the Clones

Bio: When Jango Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi meet, the Jedi's questions and the bounty hunter's replies are civil and bland. But beneath the surface of this polite conversation runs an undercurrent of suspicion and menace as they size each other up, both anticipating that they will meet again under less agreeable circumstances. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' desk.

Commentary: When a character is introduced in a film and killed within two hours, what do you do? There are toys to sell, so Hasbro took a while to get to different versions of Jango Fett. This particular one takes a cue from the various quick-change outfit figures from Kenner and Hasbro over the years, in which you have a fairly mundane Jango figure with snap-on armor, guns, the poncho, and the whole deal. In some respects it's neat, but he's still got his boots on when you take off the other parts of his boots. Which looks weird. It's like Bruce Wayne having on Batman's gloves-- it ain't right. Out of his armor, he looks like an average guy with boring pants and a blue shirt, giving you one of very few alternate outfits for the galaxy's favorite bounty hunter's dad. The poncho fits, but is a little baggy, and it's a royal pain to remove the holsters and belt. It's such a pain that I'd suggest buying two of this figure with one permanently dressed in his armor and the other permanently not, so you can best avoid breakage of what I presume will be a fragile accessory as time goes on. I really do expect the belt parts to bust here-- they're tight.

So it's an OK figure. I think Jango fans will like it as their 3rd or 4th Jango, but if it was their one-and-only it kind of sucks. Get a real good, armored one and this one only as an extra.

Collector's Notes: First released in late 2007, the figure was repackaged in "Saga Legends" 2008-style packaging. It's still shipping, as far as I know the figure has had no significant changes.

Day 942: January 22, 2009


Ben Carthage said...

Between this guy and the first 'Clone Wars' Obi-Wan, I think Hasbro proved that snap-on armor is just a really bad idea.

Lou G said...

I think you guys are kinda missing the point. As a collectible, snap on armor is not that great, but as a toy, it's lots of fun to put some of that armor on other chararacters

Anonymous said...

I liked this version...there are some good posing variations: all armor, no armor/no poncho, poncho. Nice casual Jango (which we need) but with nice extras.