Toy Review: Galactic Heroes – Slave I Cinema Scene featuring Boba Fett

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Awkward nerd confession time: I’m not a big Star Wars or Star Trek fan. I wasn’t until the DVD releases a few years ago that I finally sat down and watched the original trilogy in order. Up until this, I had seen Return of the Jedi some time in the late 80s (all I remembered was being at a BBQ where they roasted a whole pig and seeing ewoks), then I saw Empire Strikes Back when it was rereleased in theaters in 97 and finally saw A New Hope shortly after. It wasn’t until my sophomore year of college that I finally saw all three of them, in order and in their original editions. Yet even without even seeing the movies, I knew two universal truths: Darth Vader is awesome and Boba Fett is even cooler than Darth Vader.

Boba Fett flies away from Cloud City with the carbonite-frozen body of Han Solo on board. The notorious bounty hunter has finally captured Solo and is on his way to Tatoonie to deliver his bounty to Jabba the Hutt and collected his money. Fett flies his highly modified and heavily armed Slave I, a ship known and feared by fugitives throughout the galaxy.

Whew. Someone in Hasbro’s copy writing department loves run-ons. But this impressive Cinema Scene pack marks my second foray into the Galactic Heroes line. It would have been my third if my friend hadn’t bought the last Death Star Escape, but that’s beside the point. The main point is that the universal truth is still true: Boba Fett is beyond awesome.

Galactic Heroes started out as a Playskool line as a way to hook little kids on Star Wars, and it worked. It also hooked older kids on toys for little kids and spawned a whole new style of toys that encompass pretty much everything I collect. But what started out as cute versions of people’s favorite heroes and villains soon turned into something else. In Super Hero Squad, the change is very apparent with the second release of Doctor Doom in his castle and Boba Fett follows a very similar trend.

Boba Fett is sporting quite possibly the most elaborate sculpt I’ve ever seen on a figure this size, even the Iron Man movie figures don’t compare. His clothes are wrinkled, his armor is dinged and battered, and he’s covered in pouches (but not in a horrible 90s comics’ way). But an excellent sculpt can easily be ruined by bad paint, and Boba Fett avoids this. By being cast in gray plastic, all of his details are sculpted and not just painted on. His shoes have a wash; even the missile launcher on his left wrist is painted. But the most impressive, and unnecessary, paint application has to be the symbol on his shoulder, which I’m assuming is in Mandalorian. You can’t find paint this good on 6-inch scale figures!

Boba Fett only has two points of articulation, just both arms. But both arms are limited by his jet pack. Boba Fett’s gun is a great piece of sculpting too. The butt of the gun is hidden by the arm, so from one side it looks like a pistol, and the other side looks like a full rifle. It’s amazing work. If anything, this figure is so well done, that he almost looks too detailed for a Heroes-styled figure. Yes, I’m almost complaining that this figure is exceptionally amazing.

The other “figure” in this set is more of an accessory, Han Solo encased in carbonite. This is supposedly a new figure as well, though carbonite Han Solo has had versions released before. This version of Han is much thinner but for one main reason: to fit in Slave 1. The sculpt looks good though the thinness of it makes it feel a little cheap, plus the back of it has a gingerbread man shaped indent in it. Like Han managed to escape somehow.

The big piece of the set is Boba Fett’s ship: Slave 1. Originally owned by his “Father” Jango Fett, Boba Fett’s ship was unique in the Star Wars Universe when it first debut. Armed with more guns than every needed, Slave 1 is a fierce ship. The ship is slightly stylized to fit in better with the Heroes look, including stubbier proportions. The paint on it has also been simplified but it still works as a mess of grays, browns and greens in nothing that resembles a pattern.

Thankfully, Slave 1 is lacking any sort of missile launchers or action features except for one subtle one. Part of what made Slave 1 so dangerous was its maneuverability, since it could fly horizontally or vertically. To help with this, the wings rotate and when they rotate, the seat inside moves as well! It’s very well done and a neat little feature. The guns on the nose of the ship also move independently of each other and use ratcheted joints so they can work very well for display purposes.

Speaking of display purposes, this pack may feature some of the most innovative packaging I’ve seen in a long, long time. The large package looks great but the real gem is when you open it, you realize the cardboard backdrop is completely removable and also folds out! It’s a complete landing pad at Cloud City! As someone who has been keeping all of inserts from the Super Hero Squad multipacks, this really blew me away. I know for kids, it’s getting harder and harder to get playsets and the fact that Hasbro turned their packaging into one is an excellent use of resources.

While I’m not a huge Star Wars fan by any stretch of the imagination, I know good character design when I see it and well done toys when I play with them on my coffee table and this set exemplifies both. For collectors, it’s a fantastic piece that is well designed and thought out without being too expensive. For kids, Boba Fett is the perfect toy, even if they don’t know who he is. He looks awesome enough that they’ll play with him and this is a great way to begin initiating them into Star Wars.

Written by jestergoblin

February 17th, 2010 at 12:03 am

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