Thursday, May 18, 2023

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 3,030: Hunter (The Vintage Collection)

HUNTER The Bad Batch
The Vintage Collection 3 3/4-Inch Action Figure
Item No.:
Asst. E7763 No. F7330
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #268
Includes: 2 blasters, knife, backpack, helmet
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $16.99
Availability: April 2023
Appearances: The Bad Batch
Bio: I think I'm a clone now. Every pair of genes is a hand-me-down. (There is no bio.)

Image: Adam's photo lab.

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Commentary: While there are some disappointing figures in this wave, Hunter is excellent. It you got The Black Series Hunter [FOTD #2,787] it seems it's pretty much the exact same design, with slightly different joints and it seems to be missing a couple of paint applications. The 6-inch figure had some red vertical tripes around his armor underoos, the 3 3/4-inch does not have them. Otherwise? Just as good.

My only real complaints about this figure are whiny. One, it took a couple of years to get this figure - he was on The Clone Wars before COVID, and he's the only member of the team we've had so far in this scale. Two, he's got more gear than he needs. You get the commando rifle, the tiny clone pistol, a helmet, and a knife - and there's still no holster for the pistol. There's also a swell backpack, and I wish it could pop open to store the blaster. Each of the accessories are good. The figure's paint job is good. The articulation is good. Presumably we'll see this mold used to get other clones, a new Delta Squad, and so on.

I love the sculpt - it's just like the big one, with an expressive face, a great helmet, but there's one big difference. His armor doesn't have sculpted dents - there are some silver painted scuffs, but the armor itself lacks teeny tiny dents. That's a good choice. The joints all move smoothly, with a great cut in the elbows so he can hold a blaster with both hands. The hips are greatly improved with an excellent and smooth range of motion. You can store the knife on his wrist, and he can hold the blasters. Most amazingly, though, the helmet fits really well - not too snug, not too lose. This feels like a figure engineered by someone who understands how a consumer will interact with it, and you should be able to make good use of him in vehicles, playsets, or even just on your desk. The grays and reds all look fantastic. His facial expression and painted detail look like a cross of the animation and real life. This is one of those figures that goes on your top 10 list of the year.

Unless you hate The Bad Batch you should buy this figure. It's great. I wouldn't be surprised to see Hasbro reissue it in a multipack at a later date, but if they don't, fans will be chasing him for years. Kids will want him, fans will want him, collectors of course will want him. He's a major character and one of the best-made figures in the size. Get it, it's worth it.

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

--Adam Pawlus

Day 3,030: May 18, 2023

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