Friday, July 24, 2009

Figure of the Day: Day 1,073: Holographic Count Dooku

COUNT DOOKU Holographic Transmission
The Legacy Collection Basic Figures
Item No.:
Asst. 87535 No. 89605
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #BD21
Includes: Lightsaber, cape, droid part
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $7.99
Availability: September 2008
Appearances: Expanded Universe

Image: Adam Pawlus' desk.

Bio: The former Jedi is in league with the Trade Federation and cyborg General Grievous to propel his galaxy-wide revolt. Dooku communicates with his allies via a hologram transmission to coordinate the next steps in his quest to overthrow the Republic. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Commentary: If I were to bet on anything, it's that pretty much every major character will get some sort of spirit or holographic rerelease eventually. It took Count Dooku a few years, but here he is in all his blue glory. Repaint waves are now required by law to have a bright blue figure, and Hasbro made this one out of parts from two existing releases. The cape comes from a 2003 screen scene figure, while the rest of him is based on the 2005 Evolutions figure. Particularly notable is the "skirt" piece, which is blue cloth-- something I've been whining about seeing for years, and this is the first time Hasbro tried it. In the past they opted not to because they said it wouldn't look good. I think it looks great, but that's me.

I don't see the need for a soft plastic cape over a cloth one, but it's here to complete the look of the figure, as is a lightsaber. The lightsaber with a holographic figure generally serves no purpose other than to give the poor child who receives this as a gift because their parents or aunts didn't think about how boring it'd be, and of course, now it's in blue. You could do worse, I suppose. This is a character where a holographic figure makes sense, and he pretty much rounds out the list of important Jedi and Sith that really needed such a figure. Until we revisit the purple ones and make them blue, that is.

Collector's Notes: A one-timer, so far he shipped during Wave 3 and that was it. As such he currently only exists with 5D6-RA7 parts. Specifically, the right arm. I don't expect this to be reissued, ever, so you might as well get one.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,073: July 24, 2009

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Nope. This one's a dud. It's Dooku in a tutu.