Revenge of the Sith Collection 1
Item No.: Asst. 85174 No. 85202
Includes: Cape, staff
Action Feature: Squeeze legs for battle attack, removable cloak (and head)
Availability: March 2005
Appearances: Revenge of the Sith
Bio: General Grievous is surrounded by droid bodyguards. They protect the commander of the droid armies with impenatrable electrostaffs as the Republic forces attempt to stop this dangerous and deadly enemy. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)
Commentary: When the General Grievous' Bodyguard figure first hit, fans were already expecting a revision. That should tell you something. An actual honest-to-goodness update of the movie figure never happened, although a "battle arena" version was released which was a step backward. This first release is as good as the movie mold ever got, although a repaint of it in a creamy color would hit before the end of 2005.
Considering what Hasbro was trying to do, the figure is pretty decent. Squeeze-legs-for-action for Star Wars were normal-ish at this stage, plus they crammed in a decent amount of arm articulation-- the wrists, elbows, and shoulders have a good range of movement. Aside from that, you've got the head and hips, there's no leg movement in the knees or ankles plus there's no waist. Given the movie wasn't even done yet, the sculpting and design is excellent here. It'd be nice to be grittier or meaner, but it's a pretty great plastic replica of the movie design. You could do worse. We've since seen updates to his weapon, but the figure itself hasn't ever been released with a cloth cape or leg articulation like a few of us wanted. I suppose there's no real demand for it these days, but it's something you can probably expect the next time Hasbro does a couple of Revenge of the Sith-themed assortments.
Collector's Notes: This figure has been released with different accessory configurations and in different colors, but those are different enough that we're treating them as such. If you want one Grievous Bodyguard, this is as good as any as of now.
Day 1,054: June 29, 2009