With this set of figures I will finally (mostly) be caught up with my Star Wars reviews (except for a couple of figures anyway). Mostly I am behind because of the rush of GI Joe and Marvel Universe figures over the past few months. Still Star Wars had some impressive releases and although some like to point and laugh that Star Wars releases too many Hans, Luke's, and Vader's, in comparison to Spider-Man, Iron Man, Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes this year there have been much fewer releases. Also there is a mix of newer or long needing updates of characters that other properties have ignored.
Dak seemed like the most useless pilot in the Rebellion. "Oh, Luke, we have a malfunction in fire control." Gee thanks for telling me that as I am charging headlong towards an Imperial Walker. Even Luke at one point looked like he was going to turn around and smack the crap out of Dak. Still he died thus leaving his useless arse in the annals of Star Wars history along side such luminaries as Biggs and Porkins.
So automatically any Dak figure has a certain level of suck and this one is no exception.
Of course this figure comes with the overused rebel pilot body that we have seen something like 273 times in the past few years. Glad to see it is still holding up. Dak also comes with a gun for some reason, I suppose so he can shoot his own controls or something cause he never used any kind of offensive weaponry in the movie. Pretty much he just said "It's broked" when Luke was trying to fight. In fact, it seems Luke didn't accomplish anything until after Dak was dead. Another funny thing is he has the same diaper on his head Luke's speeder pilot had last year which is kind of weird since I don't think either one are seen with this diaper on.
So if you are like me and just want the authentic character in the cockpit of the brand spanking new Snow Speeder, grab Dak. He really only sucks cause he is another in a long string of pilots. If you have managed to avoid most of the pilots of the past few years then you might appreciate him more. Otherwise take one of the 425 you already have and use it as co-pilot. Only an anal-retentive Star Wars nerd will noticed the difference, but they will notice.
Lucas's attempt at a second Boba Fett failed miserably. Sing was in Episode 1 for like .001 seconds on the theory that if Boba Fett was so cool being in Empire Strikes Back for 10 seconds, Sing would be 100 times cooler with less time for Lucas to screw her up. At this point though Rum Slegg is more popular since he was in the film .01 seconds and thus got more attention by avoiding the Sith cameras.
Sing also has an annoying tab on top of her head that is supposed to be an antenna but looks more like someone pulled her out of the molding too early and left a flash on the head. Thankfully it can be removed easily by a pair of nail cutters with barely the marks being left behind.
Again Hasbro claims kids hate articulation and yet gives certain Clone Wars figures full articulation. Funny thing is the full articulation goes to the figures that look like they might not be redone while the popularized characters who will get multiple figures seem to have lacking articulation in the first shot and only get improved. If this is not greed on Hasbro's part as some claim it is not, then it must be one of those mysteries in which if you understood the answer you would either go mad from the knowledge or the Universe would cease to exist, or both.
So for me this figure is one I got cause I wanted a more complete set of Bounty Hunters. Not all of them but mostly the main ones from all the movies. Really she is one of the few bounty hunters that appears in Episode I so I just felt she was necessary on that ground alone. Unless it comes out that someone else seen for .01 seconds in Mos Espa was a bounty hunter as well, I pretty well got those characters covered I think.
For other fans, I think it will depend on your view of both Bounty Hunters and The Clone Wars cartoon. While I like expanding the ranks a bit others do not. So whatever your feelings are will probably dictate if this figure belongs in your collection.
Few people realize that Ewoks have magical powers that bless their spears and such with the ability to pierce even the strongest of armors. It's an offshot of the Force that allows Midiclorines (yes I spelled it wrong, cause the word sucks) to surround the stone and wood weapons and separate the molecules of any substance. The greatest practitioner of this power is Wicket because George Lucas loves Warwick Davis (but in a brotherly way).
On creepy thing about this figure is the eyes, they seem to follow you, not sure how that is possible but he does. He also comes with a switch able hood in case you want to mimic Wicket's look in the Ewok cartoon (Why you would want to I have no idea, but hey). Still it's nice to have options with a character. Like all Ewoks, Wicket looks like a cat without his hood. Strange to say the least.
Wicket is one of those characters I never bothered with for the longest time. Truthfully I hate Ewoks, I thought they were attempts at cuteness that were unnecessary. Also, I have always felt the outfits they wear LOOK like outfits. Most of the flaws in the Chewbacca costume were hidden by his long hair. In a couple of scenes in Return of the Jedi you can see the seam between the legs and crotch which just throws the movie off. The Ewok adventure was worse as at a few points you can actually see the zippers in the back of the costumes.
Admittedly though Wicket is an important character and that is why I got him, and truth be told I like the figure better than I thought I would. He has a good mold and while he could stand a bit more articulation, he isn't terrible in that regard. Even though I hate the Ewoks, I would still recommend this figure if for no other reason he is cooler than his concept, at least in my opinion.
So no joking here, I have a special affinity for R2-D2. He was the first Star Wars figure I ever got. Because of that I kind of consider him a starting point of my Star Wars collection and I also tend to get suckered into buying several variations of him. Honestly though I do think this is one of the better R2's put out in a long time for several reasons.
The Drink tray he comes with has removable drinks which is kind of cool. I suppose R2 could serve Stark a cocktail. Also his scale is a bit closer to being actually what it should be with the other characters. Almost all the previous R2's have been a bit oversized and this one is the closest. R2's gadgets are a major thing and this time he has the little taser thing that he used to shock people in ROTJ in his chest. He also has a sensor scope that can be subbed with the handle of Luke's Lightsaber (also included). While he can't actually launch it, really it is one of those things that works just fine as is.
Even though I am borderline on R2-D2 burn out, I think this figure rocks. I say grab it even if you feel you have enough of him, he is something special that didn't get noticed, in my opinion.
So that mostly catches me up with MOST of the Star Wars figures I have purchased of late, I have a few more but they will be reviewed shortly. I wanted to cover the main bulk of them though.