Thursday, October 11, 2007

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 523: General Grievous

Revenge of the Sith Sneak Preview
Item No.:
Asst. 85172 No. 85382
Number: 1 of 4
Includes: Blaster, cape, lightsaber
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $5.99
Availability: Spring 2005
Appearances: Revenge of the Sith

Bio: General Grievous is a brilliant military fighter and commander of the droid armies. He was trained in lightsaber combat by the Sith Lord Darth Tyranus, making him a particularly deadly opponent for the Jedi. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam's toy room.

Commentary: Sure he's short, and yes, he's the wrong color, and no, he can't stand up too well. But he's the first General Grievous, designed before the movie was done and before anyone really got to see him in action. With swivel wrists, ball knees, and some of the typical articulation, it'd be a good figure-- but not great. The cape tends to fall off, and the same sculpt has been used for several other, better painted versions of the figure. As such, the main reason to get this one is because it was the first release. The sculpt is very good, as the figure looks mean, has a great cape, very good deco, and pretty much all the parts you'd need for a good toy. Unfortunately, by not standing well or holding together perfectly, it stops being fun real quick. As a display piece, if properly propped up, it's great. As a carded figure, it's a good item. But as a toy, and your only Grievous? Keep looking. Hasbro still has a lot of room to improve this one.

Collector's Notes: A nearly identical (but slightly dirtier) figure was rereleased in the Jedi vs. Sith Battle Pack in late 2005. It's a fairly solid figure but, sadly, is not the perfect, taller, super-poseable, cloth-caped figure people wanted.

Day 523: October 11, 2007

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