Thursday, April 16, 2020

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,682: Cara Dune (The Vintage Collection)

CARA DUNE Another Gem
The Vintage Collection
Item No.:
Asst. E5912 No. E8088
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #164
Includes: Blaster pistol, rifle
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $12.99
Availability: March 2020
Appearances: The Mandalorian

Bio: Carasynthia "Cara" Dune was a human female Alderaanian who served as a shock trooper in the Alliance to Restore the Republic and the New Republic during the Galactic Civil War. A seasoned warrior, she was an intimidating brawler and a crack shot. (Stolen from Wookieepedia. Packaging has no bio.)

Image: Adam's photo lab.

Availability: Click here to buy it at Entertainment Earth now!

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Commentary: I was bristling at the idea of a mini Cara Dune since I had a perfectly good 6-inch one... but it's a good figure.   It's almost criminal that Hasbro really cracked the code of how to make gorgeous figures at this size just when everything seems to be reducing their footprint in the future of the toy business.  I know I say this a lot, but it's true - this is one of Hasbro's best figures.

Articulation is the new standard with bend-and-swivel wrists and ankles, a great mid-torso joint, a double-neck joint, and better-than-average elbow articulation.  Hasbro really nailed bare arm joints in a much better looking way than before, which is great,  because she has tattoos to show off now.  I had zero problems posing the figure and getting her standing with a gun the very first time, which is unusual for a lot of these toys.   The teal armor is gorgeous, and the shoulder pads don't get in the way of her arm movements. 
The face sculpting is good, the hair is perfect, and the facial printing at this size is ridiculously good.   It looks a lot like Gina Carano, with a teeny-tiny Rebel symbol on her face that almost looks like a mole.   I'm amazed Hasbro pulled it off.   The boot detail is good, the colors pop well, and there's a knife sticking out of her boot. It's non-removable, but it's there, and it's cool.  Even the blasters are painted nicely, and the rifle seems more durable than the larger counterpart.  

With thigh cuts, knees that bend and swivel, and an amazingly good range of movement that helps the figure balance, this is one of my favorite figures now.   You should get her.   And I hope Hasbro builds out more figures from The Mandalorian in this scale, because collecting these as a line is way more rewarding than enjoying a tiny handful of releases.  You may have missed this figure at retail - the Clone Troopers from the case are usually left behind briefly.  I'd recommend ordering online if the price is right, because you'll be sorry if you miss this one.

Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.  

--Adam Pawlus

Day 2,682: April 16, 2020

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