GENERAL GRIEVOUS Movie-Style
2013 Darth Vader Lava Line Look Mission Series Utapau
Item No.: Asst. A5228 No. A5919
Includes: Lightsabers, Obi-Wan Kenobi figure
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: July 2014
Appearances: Revenge of the Sith
Bio: Obi-Wan Kenobi and General Grievous face off in an explosive duel on Utapau. Their Lightsabers clash together again and again as they battle. Grievous flees, fearing he may lose the fight, but Obi-Wan pursues him, determined to stop this powerful enemy once and for all. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
Availability: Click here to buy it at Entertainment Earth now!
Commentary: As someone who died almost immediately, General Grievous gets a lot of love. Hasbro refuses to stop milking Revenge of the Sith's principal characters as they seem to get redone nearly every couple of years, plus Grievous had a lot of screen time in the last animated series. As such, it makes sense a cheaper, kid-friendly but still very tall version of the cyborg general would get made eventually. At about 4 1/2-inches tall he's easily one of the biggest and most imposing figures in the line, towering over even Darth Vader. He has 5 joints and no special features like splitting hands or anything like that. Even more shocking, he doesn't have holes for foot pegs on display stands. And this figure needs a display stand unless you keep him in his "sweet spot," and even then it seems it's only a matter of time before gravity causes his ankles to sag under his own weight and flop over.
I would not say this is the best, or worst, or even most average Grievous. In terms of pose and personality it's pretty decent - he towers over my other figures and his two lightsabers fit in his hands fairly well, although the right one is a little loose. Since there is little in the way of articulation Hasbro can instead focus on sculpt, and they did a bang-up job. I just wish they put a few extra bucks in improving the head paint masks, because a bad head on this figure looks positively silly. When it's good, though, it's quite nice and the 2-pack looks wonderful when it's all sealed up too.
Collector's Notes: Target got these pretty early, so the good news is that they're out and about. True story, someone at work once was on the phone and slipped and said "Genital Grievous." Hilarious.
Day 2,093: August 8, 2014