Item No.: Asst. 84887 No. 84934
Includes: Lightsaber, bike
Action Feature: Lightsaber swinging action
Availability: Winter 2003
Appearances: Attack of the Clones
Bio: As the battle rages between the secessionist forces and those of the Republic, Darth Tyranus wards off his enemies and escapes on a Geonosian speeder bike, hoping to elude capture long enough to flee the planet. (Taken from the figure's box.)
Image: Adam Pawlus' desk.
Commentary: Hasbro didn't release a lot of figures with the name Darth Tyranus, for whatever reason they opted to go with Count Dooku. Which is arguably cooler, except for the fact that it has been adopted as a term for dropping the bomb per Venture Bros.
This figure does indeed seem that someone took a Count Dooku. Sure, it has knee joints, but the figure is basically worthless without the bike. If you don't have him seated on his vehicle, he looks like... well, look at the picture. This figure was one of the most poseable versions of the character as of its release, but the shorter cape, the iffy 2002-style head sculpt, and the raised-up skirt don't do it many favors. Really, Hasbro probably could have just stuck the figure on the bike permanently. Dooku's sculpt is acceptable, but the sculptors at Hasbro have done so much better that this isn't a particularly essential figure. Heck, the basic carded version with sith lightning from 2003 is probably a lot better. As such, pass on this one unless you totally want to vehicle... which you probably do.
Collector's Notes: This set didn't stick around for long, but that's OK because most people didn't much want it. Between this and its casemate, Anakin and his bike, Dooku is the better product. By a longshot. The Anakin that came with a bike is arguably the worst figure ever made based on the character of Anakin Skywalker.
Day 1,050: June 23, 2009