Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,016: Jango Fett

JANGO FETT  Geonosis Arena  Battle
Discover the Force/Movie Heroes Battle Packs
Item No.:
Asst. 37822 No. 37826
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: Blasters, backpack, helmet, stand, game cards, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Battle Droid
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $22.99
Availability: January 2012
Appearances: Attack of the Clones

Bio:  The Geonosian arena is rocked by an intense battle. On Geonosis, secret factories are churning out hundreds of battle droids and super battle droids for the growing Separatist movement. Obi-Wan Kenobi fights Geonosian warriors and battle droids that overflow into the arena, as Jango Fett takes on the Jedi and clone troopers. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)

Image: Adam's photo hole.

Commentary: Before Hasbro decided to make all-new, simplified molds of many characters they decided to rerun a rather old release with Jango Fett last year.  The core figure is from 2002, with slightly altered deco, a different jetpack, and a hole in his right wrist.  The original 2002 Kamino Escape Jango Fett body had a claw attachment on the wrist which made for a more compelling toy, which is important as the figure itself is nothing special and a hole begs the question "so what is missing here?"  With eight points of articulation, it was a good figure back in 2002 when the price point was a mere $4.99.  As 33 1/3% of a $23 set, it's nothing special.

The face under the helmet has been decorated quite cleanly, with the sculpted scarring clearly visible around his sharp eyes and eyebrows.  The mold has probably never looked better than this release, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's any fun by modern standards.  He can't fit in the new 2013 mini Jango Fett Slave I vehicle very well, so the main reason to track down this release is just to say that you've got them all.  Other releases of this mold should be sufficient, as cleaner paint apps are probably not a reason to re-buy the mold after several other releases as Jango (and a couple as other Mandalorians) over the past ten years.

Collector's Notes: On clearance, this set is arguably worth your money.  For ten or fifteen bucks, it's totally acceptable.  Is anyone else more or less amazed Hasbro is still getting mileage out of 10+-year-old molds when most toy lines crash and burn in a year or two, tops?

--Adam Pawlus

Day 2,016: March 6, 2013

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