Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,425: Boba Fett

BOBA FETT Bounty Hunter
The Clone Wars Basic Figures
Item No.:
Asst. 94736 No. 21466
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #CW32
Includes: Vest, jetpack, twin blasters, stand
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $6.99
Availability: September 2010
Appearances: The Clone Wars

Bio: Haunted by the death of his father, Boba Fett continues his training as a bounty hunter. He learns the skills of this dangerous trade from the Trandoshan hunter Bossk and the ruthless Aurra Sing. Jango's son is determined to follow in his father's footsteps as a powerful bounty hunter, and is eager to fight the Jedi who defeated his father. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' current and hopefully only temporary toy shelf.

Commentary: It's amazing that The Clone Wars has made a dramatic shift from under-articulated kid-friendly figures into stuff so good it would make your 1995 self's head explode-- in particular if you're young enough to not remember 1995. This Boba Fett is unique in that it's the first individually packaged version of the figure to not include any form of helmet, while keeping much of the rest of the outfit's signature armor. Boba's knee pads and chest armor are all here, as is his trademark backpack. He's armed with Jango's twin pistols, and a great mean facial expression the likes of which you rarely see on the movie toys. Boba Fett keeps the super articulation you all know and love but adds a twist with a new hip joint which allows the figure to both bend at the waist and for the leg to swivel at the hip. If you're a stickler for being able to get the most motion out of your toys, this figure will likely amaze you with its amazing range of motion while not incorporating bulging joints or awkwardly shaped crotch pieces. Remarkable stuff.

The paint job is superb-- no problems to speak of-- and the outfit itself is pretty simple. He has a grey jumpsuit speed suit on with some armor bits here and there, so there's not a lot of detail to worry about here. It's a good thing Hasbro added the extra armor, because without it Boba would be a pretty plain looking figure. The complete package is really cool, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't also want an animated-style version of the hunter's classic helmet too.

Collector's Notes: This figure seems to be taking its sweet time in achieving pegwarmer status, so if you see it you might want to just buy it.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,425: November 30, 2010

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