Star Wars Galactic Heroes Review: Count Dooku and Commando Droid

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I hate Hasbro sometimes. In my quest to complete buying only Galactic Heroes who look cool, I somehow end up buying the same character twice. I mean, Christopher Lee is both Saruman the White and Count Dooku! How can I say no to that?

The first Count Dooku figure I got wasn’t terribly exciting. He wasn’t bad; he just didn’t do a whole lot. This time around, he’s fully powered up and to show he means business, he’s no longer wearing his hood! While the two figures look very similar, this Dooku is a brand new sculpt. A brand new sculpt that just so happens to not be much different at all.

Dooku’s new head doesn’t scream Christopher Lee to me, but manages to look like a great caricature of the actor. His dark robes look good and still evoke the imagery of a Jedi. Dooku’s right hand is crackling with force lightning and his left is clutching his oddly bent hilt for his lightsaber. Like Darth Maul, Dooku’s blade is translucent red this time around! Dooku’s articulation has also doubled since his last release – two whole points! Both wrists only, otherwise Dooku doesn’t move much.

The paint is crisp and clean without slop. His left hand does look weird, like parts of his fingers are missing given how you can’t tell where his energized fingers stop and the lightning begins. But the dynamic of the red, translucent blade and the blue, translucent lightning looks fantastic!

Paired up with Dooku is one of the Battle Droids. The walking slap-stick routines, Battle Droids could have been the most terrifying aspect of the prequels. Emotionless robots that communicated digitally and operated as a single destructive force would be awesome. Instead, we got robots that went “Roger, roger!” and could be fooled by a small child.

But somehow this Commando Droid figure looks more menacing than any of the other Battle Droids. The simple change of giving him angry eyebrows does wonders for the awkwardly colored droid. Brandishing a blaster, the robot looks like he should be in an army. The sculpt is intricate without being too over the top. His joints all look like joints but the droid only moves at the shoulders and neck.

The paint isn’t exciting, but it is well done. The copper details on the color that I can’t appropriately name for his body contrast well while his black gun, red button and white eyes stand out against the weird color.

Dooku is a fine upgrade and the translucent red lightsaber is a big part of that. But I’m surprisingly drawn to the Battle Droid. He’s just a good looking robotic solider that could be anything from an army builder to a robotic assassin from beyond the stars. It doesn’t matter, but he looks mean and ready for action and I like it.

Written by jestergoblin

October 16th, 2010 at 12:00 am

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