Medicom Toys' Star Wars Kubricks Series 7 (ROTJ)
The staying power of the Star Wars franchise is truly amazing. The fact that new generations of fans are introduced to it constantly and still find it interesting after 20 years never ceases to impress me. The toy world has ridden this wave of popularity from the start and we have had some real stinkers because of it. However, there are always a few gems in the mix and the toys aimed toward the older collector are where most of these are found. Enter Medicom's newest line of Star Wars Kubricks. Freebento.com was all over these and thought we'd dig them too...they were right.
While Empire Strikes Back stands as my favorite movie from the series, Return of the Jedi holds a dear spot in my heart. This is the movie I really remember seeing in the theater as a kid and so it made a lasting impression on me. Because of that fact alone these toys are exciting. But thereís more to it that that. With each Kubrick series Medicom seems to be getting better at their craft. These toys have tight paint applications and line work and the characterization is spot on. And the inclusion Anakinís Jedi spirit just blew me away. Letís take a look at each one for a bit.
"Grunt, grunt... Squeal!!Ē
The Gamorrean Guard's sculpt is awesome. The studs on his chest piece are raised as are all the details in his outfit, not to mention that face! It's a near perfect rendition of the soon-to-be-Rancor meal's face. However, as nice as it is I'm always a bit disappointed with Kubricks when they have sculpted faces. The thing that really pulls me into these minifigures is how they so perfectly capture the essence of the character with their blocky form. But that could just be me. The paint application is especially nice on the Guard with the leather shirt looking all stained and sweat through. Pretty gross, but hey it's a Gamorrean Guard!
"A little higher...Just a little higher!!"
Again, the sculpt is great on Lando in his Skiff Guard disguise. I love the teeth on the helmet and the chest it totally sculpted for detail. His face is just great with a determined to kick your butt look when his helmet is off. But again, this series knocks it out of the park with the paint applications. The chest plate looks to be oxidized and old with a green tint. Very nice. He comes with his staff ready to be pulled from the Sarlaac pit with it and Han's returning vision.
"Someone who loves you."
I'd list a spoiler alert here, but if you haven't seen Return of the Jedi, you wouldn't even be checking out this site. Princess Leia is in her stolen bounty hunter outfit, Bousch, complete with removable helmet. Medicom thought she'd look silly bald so they included some hair to stick on her noggin when it's off. This one is a fan favorite and so I'm glad to see it, but it's not as slick as the others. But it's very true to the character and Leia's face looks great.
These ever silent Royal Guards are meant to be seen, not heard because if they say the wrong thing around the Emperor they're toast. I remember when I was a kid thinking these were awesome. So silent and they had a mystery about them. I'm digging this toy too. I wish the helmet and the cloak's reds matched and they can't do anything but stand with their arms down at their side, but they still have an awesome design.
"Tell your sister... you were right.
This is the crown jewel of this series. I just love when something is so simple and so perfect. Cast in translucent blue, Anakin never looked better (yes, even in Episode II). The details in the face and front of his cloak are very clean white lines. He looks so content and pleased to see his hold friend Ben again... I wonder if he felt a little weird and couldn't look him and Yoda in the eyes when they met up again in the after life.
"Go get your ride and take her back to base."
Here we have the unexplainable white Biker Scout. I just don't know how they thought this would blend into the jungle of Endor... Or maybe that's just how proud the Empire was. They weren't concerned about camouflage, kinda like the Red Coats. Anyway, enough of that. I love how exact the details are on the helmet and the pouches are great too. I really wish his pistol fit into his ankle holster though.
All in all, this is a really solid showing. I'm impressed with the line up: not a main character in sight (except Leia in her Bousch outfit). These are really great toys and stand out in the sea of Star Wars for quality and collectibilty.
Shoot on over to Freebento.com and pick these up. It's been a long month, you deserve a little something. They also have a good many Japanese imports and some hot Designer Vinyl.
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