The Clone Wars Basic Figures
Item No.: Asst. 94736 No. 32845
Includes: Stand, lightsaber, firing staff, missile, dice, card
Action Feature: Battle Axe Fires Missile
Availability: August 2011
Appearances: The Clone Wars
Bio: Savage Opress is magically strengthened by the witches of Dathomir and trained by Count Dooku in lightsaber combat and the ways of the Dark Side. Dooku send Opress on a mission to kidnap the king of Toydaria, but when the Jedi intervene, Opress wields his double-bladed lightsaber with devastating results. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam's kitchen.
Commentary: I got both Savage Opress figures on the same day, which is good because the shirtless one left me wanting more-- and this armored version basically delivered what I needed. The two share a lot of tooling-- the legs and forearms seem to be the same, with different torso, heads, and biceps between them. The reason I like this one so much more is that the face sculpt is slightly better with its closed mouth, and his articulation is improved due to how he was sculpted. The shirtless one has a plastic lower robe, while this one has a cloth piece-- so if you want, you can get him to sit.
The sculpting is pretty clean, without too many excessive details. Hasbro went for a more streamlined appearance with limited textures, aslthough he does have a notable branch design on his... er... loincloth thing. The horns on his head are long and sturdy, and his boots are quite menacing-- someone's going to get kicked in the chest with these. He has few problems standing on his own, if you pose him right it shouldn't be much of a problem.
As to his gear? He has a firing axe missile thing, which looks better than it functions, plus a lightsaber. The saber is inspired by Darth Maul, Asajj Ventress, and Count Dooku's weapons with a few elements from each. I like it-- it would make a nice full-size roleplay toy some day. I assume most people who watch the show are actively searching for this one, and let me tell you it's worth it. The shirtless version is OK but not nearly as cool, which leads me to believe Hasbro knew what they were doing and decided to make the less desirable version more common as, well, you'll probably go ahead and buy the other one anyway if you ever saw it. Due to the villain's Maul-ness, he is one of the show's brighter introductions and will be making some sort of return-- so there's all the more reason to get this one.
Collector's Notes: Two Savage Opress figures hit basically the same week, but the shirtless one shipped in three different assortments while the armored one appeared in but one. So right now, this is the more scarce of the two. I fully expect to see him in droves early next year, because why miss the opportunity?
Day 1,691: December 7, 2011