“The finest recreations of the iconic Star Wars heroes and villains are back with incredible detail and premium features to commemorate each epic tail in the Original Trilogy: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. And, as a tribute to the dedication of Star Wars fans everywhere, we are re-releasing elements of the original packaging that harken back to the creation of Star Wars action figures, which began over 25 years ago with the Original Trilogy. May the Force be with you!” – Excerpt from the package back.
Sometimes you like a figure so much that it’s hard to be totally objective and admit that it isn’t as good as it could be. For me, TBS Boba Fett is one of those figures. It is a fun and very good figure, no doubt about it, but there are some things that keep it from being the best it can be. I think my biggest gripe is the bulkyness of this Fett figure. The problem lies mostly in the arms and the shoulder area. The arms, or perhaps it’s just his wrist gauntlets, seem oversized and a little too chunky. The left wrist gauntlet looks especially huge due to the seemingly inaccurate size of the flame-thrower section. The shoulder armor that goes around the neck is molded separately this time and is glued in place. The problem is that is seems to be a little too big and the attached wookie scalps are also out of scale
But enough griping! This figure sports some nice innovations like the separately sculpted hoses that are connected to the right gauntlet. The hoses are flexible and the only downside is that they make it a bit harder to bend the arm at the elbow. The separately sculpted belt is back, and this time it’s in it’s proper Return of the Jedi configuration unlike the ESB configuration Carkoon Fett had.
The helmet looks good but I think the antenna could be slightly longer. This Fett also sports a soft goods cape but this one is tailored and sewn so it stays folded in a certain way. Fett’s backpack appears to be an all new sculpt and fits into his back via a peg. The detail on it is nice and sharp but I’m wondering if the little booster rockets are a little too bulbous? Other nice details are the realistically wrinkled jumpsuit complete with finely detailed seams and textures, and the best looking boots a Fett figure has ever been sculpted with.
Fett has fourteen points of articulation: ball-jointed neck, ball-jointed shoulders, ball-jointed elbows, wrists, waist, hips, ball-jointed knees, and ball-jointed ankles. I suppose you can also count the swiveling viewfinder on Fett’s helmet if you want. The reason this category isn’t getting a perfect score is because a few of the articulation points are hindered by the sculpting. The worst offender is easily the right elbow.
One of the hoses connected to the gauntlet doesn’t have enough slack to allow a complete bend in the elbow possible; luckily, you can adjust the hoses in a way that will allow you to bend the elbow, but it can be a bit of a hassle to get the pose you want. The hip joints are another area of restriction due to the separately sculpted belt. Thus, you can’t bend forward at the hips very much which will make it hard to pull off a kneeling or sitting pose. Other than those quibbles, finally having a fully articulated Boba Fett is a blast!
You get Boba Fett’s BlasTech EE-3 rifle. The sculpt is similar to the one that came with Pit of Carkoon Boba Fett in that it isn’t as detailed as the one that came with 300th Boba Fett. But perhaps most irritating is the fact that the rifle Boba Fett uses in Return of the Jedi looks completely different than the one he uses in Empire Strikes Back and Hasbro didn’t do their research to figure this out.
Paint is always an important category for Boba Fett because of all his armor, markings, and battle-damage. This Fett certainly doesn’t disappoint with everything seemingly painted the correct color. Some people feel that the antenna on Fett’s helmet should be black at the end of it, but after watching the ROTJ DVD, Hasbro may have gotten this right…it’s kind of hard to tell though.
The jetpack also seems a little on the duller side color-wise, but if you want a bluer blue or a yellower yellow, then you can use the jetpack from the Episode II Sneak Preview Jango Fett. Jango’s pack fits perfectly on Boba’s back and the details are just as good. If there’s anything to complain about it’s the fact that this Boba Fett doesn’t have enough battle-damage; the real deal has more paint chips and wear and tear on his armor.
You know the deal. Recreated vintage look in a nice clamshell case. While the card front is not a perfect recreation of the vintage version, it is close enough and will bring fond memories of the originals if you are old enough to remember them. The card backs don’t continue the vintage feel, but at least they show an original carded vintage figure so you can see how far action figures have come. The clamshell does a good job of protecting the packaging inside and looks pretty snazzy to boot.
Star Wars Boba Fett is a figure you have to have if you are any kind of a Fett fan. Despite some problems with bulkyness, this is a very posable and ultimately the funnest Boba Fett figure made yet. It’s simple: Boba Fett + Super Articulation = Awesome Figure.