The Black Series: Boba Fett

January 2, 2014 at 12:02 am | Posted in Star Wars, Toys & Collectibles | 1 Comment
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The most sought after and hardest to find figure of The Black Series thus far is without a doubt the 6-inch Boba Fett. As part of Wave 2, Boba Fett is identical to the San Diego Comic Con and Star Wars Celebration Europe II exclusive figures, except for the packaging and the exclusion of Han Solo in carbonite. For looks, the Boba Fett figure is pretty awesome. The one thing that he falls short of is articulation.

For consumers, the 6-inch Boba Fett can be hard to find. As is, Target and Toys “R” Us stores are the best retailer stores to find him at, otherwise you can try picking him up online.

Fett comes with a non-removable shoulder cape, a detachable rocket pack (non-firing), his EE-3 carbine rifle, and a Sacros K-11 blaster pistol (first seen in the Star Wars Holiday Special) that can be holstered.

Here’s Fett with his Sacros K-11 blaster pistol, not to be confused with his father’s WESTAR-34 blaster pistols.

Close-up of his holster.

Fett has had many wrist weapons over the years including Czerka ZX miniature flame projectors, Dur-24 wrist lasers and a Kelvarex Consolidated Arms MM9 mini concussion rocket launcher. With the amount of molded details on this figure, it’s possible all of them are represented.

Fett’s Mitrinomon Z-6 jetpack which can be removed.

As neat looking as the figure is, the 6-inch Boba Fett is not very posable. There are certainly a lot of points of articulation, however the design inhibits the full use of those articulated points. For instance, on the front of the figure there are some hard plastic pouches located at the top of his legs. These pouches prevent his legs from being rotated forward.

Because of this design flaw, you cannot put Fett in a kneeling posture, nor can he perform a forward kick, and it totally prevents any kind of proper seating posture if you want to put him in a chair. It also hinders running poses.

As if that kind of leg restriction wasn’t bad enough, you can’t pivot his feet forward any as they are designed only for backward rotation. Even worse, the design of his butt prevents his legs from moving backwards.

It may be a little hard to see, but the shape they went with prevents the leg from moving backwards. Instead of going back, the articulation point angles the legs to the side.

I’m seriously considering buying another figure for modification as it might be possible to carve out some of the butt piece in order to increase his range of movement.

Here is a side view illustrating the amount of backward movement his legs have.

It’s about 10 degrees.

So, you can’t move his legs forward or backward very much at all. What can you do with him? With a little help from Greedo as a comparison, let’s see how he handles the chair test.

The flex pose.

Kneeling.

When it comes to posing, Fett just can’t compete with Greedo.

Except for handstands.

Fett is also pretty good at ballerina moves.

That got me thinking outside the box and at other dynamic poses like ground Fett.

And air Fett.

Yet even with all of that, I still can’t help but feel that Fett is one of the worst articulated figures of the series so far. Part of this is because of my experience with ThreeA toys which are extremely articulated and highly crafted. It’s also a very viable comparison since ThreeA cofounder Ashley Wood designed a 6-inch Boba Fett prototype figure which he showed off at San Diego Comic Con 2011.

Check out Rad Toy Review for more pictures.

Here are some comparison shots of Hasbro’s 6-inch Boba Fett with one of ThreeA’s 1:12 scale figures. In this picture, I tried to put Boba Fett in his best kneeling position.

Here’s Fett trying to do a karate kick.

And a relaxed pose in the infamous chair.

While Hasbro may advertise a high number of articulated points, their range of movement is nowhere near the same as ThreeA’s products. One looks lifelike, the other looks stiff and awkward. Add to that the degree of paint apps and soft goods material that ThreeA provides, and you have a figure that goes above and beyond what other toy manufacturers achieve. Just imagine what that ThreeA Boba Fett would have been like!

No review would be complete, however, without a look at the customization options since it’s really easy to do head swaps on these Black Series figures. Sadly, Fett fails utterly in this category. Like the Sandtrooper, he has an oversized neck joint, so the only figure his head is compatible with is the Sandtrooper. What you end up with is this.

You get giraffe neck stormtrooper.

And no neck Fett.

In the end, Boba Fett is a cool looking figure. For head swapping customization, he’s worthless. For posability, he’s severely limited. It’s a less detailed, slightly articulated statue. Find one if you can, but I’d advise not paying beyond MSRP. He’s neat, but not really exceptional.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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