Hasbro's Revenge of the Sith Action Figures
By Lando Da Pimp
On Friday night a friend of mine called up and said to get my ass down to K-Mart because they put the Revenge of the Sith figures out early. I finished my Jack and Coke and drove down to get some Episode III goodness. When I arrived I discovered all of the figures were at an outrageous price of $7.39! Because of this, I only bought three figures Padme, OB1, and General Grievous.
This could possibly be the first pregnant action figure. If I am wrong let me know. Here is the problemthe figure isn't pregnant! The cloth shirt is made to appear that she has a belly, but if you look under it; no belly! It's a nice way to fake the pregnant look, but I also question if it was to avoid actually sculpting a pregnant body. Remember the problems Wal-Mart had with the pregnant Midge doll? [Ed Note: Or the spoiler is that Padme faked the pregnancy to keep Anakin around and actually adopted.]
The new figure sculpts have number of unique articulations. Padme has 10 points with three points on her right arm. [Ed note: no articulated uterus] She is also packaged with a lava rock display stand, probably because she doesn't stand up very well. This is probably the best Padme figure released so far.
There really isn't that much difference between the Episode II Obi-Wan and the Episode III version. The Jedi gear is exactly the same, and according to what I have seen in the trailer, his beard and hair are starting to grey. This figure is missing that, making it almost pointless to buy it if you have the Attack of the Clones Kenobi.
What the figure has in common with the Episode II figure is the action lightsaber slashing attack. When the figure's legs are squeezed together the figure's waist twists to the left allowing the right arm to swing freely.
Kenobi is packaged with a inactive lightsaber and an empty right hand that is interchangeable with the right hand holding the lit lightsaber. What is really curious is why the inactive lightsaber is not the same as the lit. [Ed note: like Padme, he was faking the posession of a lightsaber to keep Anakin around]
This is already the second General Grievous that I own. This one is a big disappointment. The preview figure is well designed and it stands up unlike this version.
The newest incarnation of Grievous is to showcase how he wields four lightsabers. Grievous' arms split in two providing him with the ability to swing the different lightsabers he collects from the Jedi he kills. I wish that a stand were included to help the figure stand up as it is impossible when he is holding the four sabers.
My first look at the Revenge of the Sith figures is a disappointment with the exception of the Padme and Grievous preview figure. K-Mart had both of the first two waves (except no Anakin!) but I was really not into buying all of them. Most of the figures wear the same clothes they wore in Episode II. How many Yoda, Mace Windu, and R2-D2's does a person really need? I think that I will only focus on buying the newer characters and the older characters with different clothing.
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