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JediTricks
05-18-2007, 03:52 PM
IG-88 is pretty good, not a fantastic toy perhaps but a nice collectible. It may look below like the good is outweighed by the bad, but most of the good are really strong points while only a few of the bad points are anywhere near the same level.

What's right about IG-88:
At 4.8 inches, he's slightly taller than POTJ IG-88;
He's got a lot of articulation;
He's got a fantastic silver color with a very nice subtle rust-wash;
He's got a good number of accessories (rifle from earlier IG-88, stormtrooper blaster, knife, removable bandolier), all of them well-colored and none overly rubbery;
The bandolier has a holder for the knife on the back;
He's got a ton of detail, way more than previous IG-88, and much of it is in separate pieces;
The blasters are black yet have a significant silver paint weathering (dry-brushed, I believe) which looks outstanding and I'm now jealous for all my other stormtrooper blasters;
He can stand upright easily.Articulation:
Swivel mid-head,
swivel neck,
universal-jointed upper torso (bends forward-back and rotates at the bottom),
standard shoulders,
rotation upper arms,
universal elbows (hinged and rotation at top),
standard hips,
swivel upper thighs,
universal knees (hinged and rotation at top), and
universal feet (hinged and rotation at top).What's wrong about IG-88:
He feels somewhat delicate due to thin limbs and loose separate detail pieces everywhere;
The head still seems a little under-detailed;
He's tough to keep standing in action poses without help because he's so tall and top-heavy;
His left hand isn't terribly good at holding accessories because it's warped open due to holding the blaster in-package;
His hips are too wide, looks like the beginning of thunder-thighs;
For all his articulation, they left out the tilting head and the movable area where the upper arms meet the shoulders;
There's a slight gap in the middle of his head where the separate halves move;
The bandolier has these 3 disks (grenades, I suspect) which look removable but aren't;
The bandolier also has a holster on the back which should work for the right gun but doesn't accommodate anything he's got;
The rotation joints at upper elbows and upper knees seem redundant since the upper arms and legs rotate independently;
The top of the hose on the upper left leg keeps popping out of the waist;All in all, a pretty cool figure, not perfect but I'd say this is close enough. He certainly blows any prior IG-88 figure out of the water, that's for sure. The separate detail pieces go a long way for the look, although I'd say the coloring of everything here involve is what takes it to the endzone.

Hasbro for some reason decided to clear-band the figure into the tray, I think this is the first vintage-style to do so and I don't care for it, it seems like it takes away from that vintage feeling where you can open a figure and get it right out of the bubble without fuss, but nothing seems adversely affected by the clear-bands so I'll forgive. Kenner's picture on the card front looks great, sharp and good color, but is flipped so the head details are backwards, the bandolier is on the wrong side, the guns are in the opposite hands.

pbarnard
05-18-2007, 04:41 PM
The question is will this one droop over time when loose like the PotJ version does?

mabudonicus
05-18-2007, 04:46 PM
I would imagine the bands are necessary, if he ended up lying in the package the wrong way in a warm environment, he could probably end up looking like a total curly mess, which would make him sell worse I'd figure

Been a while since your last review man, glad to see ya back on- tho I miss the rating system ;)
:beard: Iso & Baws
IG-88 was just a series of tubes in the actual movie

JediTricks
05-18-2007, 05:14 PM
The question is will this one droop over time when loose like the PotJ version does?My POTJ version never drooped over, so I couldn't say for sure. Despite the top-heaviness and thin legs, I don't think this one will because of its slightly widened stance (due to the thunder thighs).


I would imagine the bands are necessary, if he ended up lying in the package the wrong way in a warm environment, he could probably end up looking like a total curly mess, which would make him sell worse I'd figureCould be the case, but I'd prefer an over-tray instead. Also, because he's held in that specific way, the separate torso pipes (it's a single band of them around his midsection connected by only 2 small hoses) is misaligned by a 5th of a turn, but only a purist would even notice that, and I'm not sure anybody'd care.


Been a while since your last review man, glad to see ya back on- tho I miss the rating system ;)I'm surprised anybody's noticed, that means a lot to me actually. Maybe 6 months back I found myself writing reviews where every time I went to say anything I'd slip down the rabbit hole into this ridiculously overwritten mess that I couldn't see a way to edit. The Optimus Prime review I did earlier this week kinda got me thinking about how to write shorter - since that is likely the LONGEST review I've written in 3 years, but felt more satisfying. So I wanted to post "minireviews" about the figures I found last night, and even that got away from me, which is why there's no rating system. :p


IG-88 was just a series of tubes in the actual movieHe's Senator Ted Steven's understanding of the internet? :D

JediTricks
05-18-2007, 05:26 PM
By request, the grading system breakdown:

Packaging: 3/5
Odd to see the same Vintage TSC packaging, only this year's mail-in stuff is gold instead of silver (and the tabs are generic). The heat-sealed collector case really bothers me though, takes this down a LOT.

Sculpt-Design: 4.5/5

Articulation: 4.25/5

Paint-Deco: 4.75/5

Accessories: 4.5/5

Overall: A-

Slicker
05-19-2007, 06:20 AM
Jesus! I didn't know these were out already.


This sucks soooo much. I'm so far behind it's not even funny anymore.

JediTricks
05-19-2007, 04:31 PM
They're basically trickling out, it's expected that they'll hit on Memorial Day weekend. You should get the Navy to set up a program like the GI Bill, only they buy you all the figures you want instead of saving for schooling and loans. ;)

bigbarada
05-26-2007, 03:14 PM
I got this one today along with the Bossk (decided to save myself the headache and just order them online). Another amazingly detailed figure, but I just worry about the sturdiness of the whole thing. Is he just going to collapse to the ground like a lifeless mess once the joints get too loose to support his weight?

So far, there're no problems at all, but I want to refrain from moving him around too much just in case.

He looks great though! Again, Hasbro really outdid themselves on this figure.

Kidhuman
05-27-2007, 09:50 PM
Picked him up today. A great figure. I love the articulation on him. The only gripe I have is that his right leg is a bit loose and popped off. I snapped it back in and he is good to go. HE does have issues standing up, but i dont care, nothing a stand wont fix.

AmanaMatt
05-29-2007, 12:02 AM
I am glad you guys love these as much as I do - based on what Hasbro told me at CIV, we should expect at least two more waves, then we'll see based on the survey (same as at Rebelscum)

My Ig-88 stands well enough - the legs are so tight I had to 'break them in' but mine has a real loose right arm (elbow)

Here is a comparison - I am just happy with the corrected scale. This version seems to stand evenly - most previous versions were a bit lopsided.

bigbarada
05-29-2007, 12:22 PM
It's IG-88's little brother! How cute.;)

It's wierd to think of the POTJ figure as outdated, until you remember that it is almost 7 years old. Hasbro really has come a long way in terms of figure quality.

El Chuxter
05-29-2007, 12:26 PM
But have they come $3 more in terms of....

Ah, never mind. I'll just pass on all these overpriced figures and stop talking to the brick wall. ;)

bigbarada
05-29-2007, 12:43 PM
I'm finding myself looking forward to the vintage-style figures the most each year now, mainly due to the higher quality of the figures. Because in a couple of years, I'm not going to care that I paid $3-4 more per figure.

Kidhuman
05-29-2007, 08:18 PM
With all the money I am saving on these legends waves and rehashes, I dont mind putting it towards the Vintage figures.

AmanaMatt
05-29-2007, 10:04 PM
With all the money I am saving on these legends waves and rehashes, I dont mind putting it towards the Vintage figures.

That's it for me - I only buy a fraction of what I used to, mainly due to many figs getting released over and over.

figrin bran
05-29-2007, 10:46 PM
It's IG-88's little brother! How cute.;)

It's wierd to think of the POTJ figure as outdated, until you remember that it is almost 7 years old. Hasbro really has come a long way in terms of figure quality.

heck, it's 100 times better than the Titanium IG which was only released last year.

Jaff
06-01-2007, 01:38 PM
This is the IG I have been dreaming of since the POTF line was released in 1995. It is the definitive fig of this character and the best Vintage to date. It is perhaps my most favorite fig of all time because I'm a big IG fan.

Old Fossil
06-05-2007, 10:59 AM
IG-88 is definitely one of the highlights of this "vintage" wave. I love how he towers menacingly over the other bounty hunters. The only tiny complaint I have is the back holster issue, as JT mentioned... his weapons don't fit it, rendering the feature with no practical value aside from eye candy. Which, incidentally, is fine for me in this case.:love:

AmanaMatt
06-05-2007, 11:10 AM
IG-88 is definitely one of the highlights of this "vintage" wave. I love how he towers menacingly over the other bounty hunters. The only tiny complaint I have is the back holster issue, as JT mentioned... his weapons don't fit it, rendering the feature with no practical value aside from eye candy. Which, incidentally, is fine for me in this case.:love:

I found a real easy way to get a gun to fit - (cut the end off), but I like how he looks like he is now armed to the teeth

JediTricks
06-05-2007, 05:24 PM
I found a real easy way to get a gun to fit - (cut the end off), but I like how he looks like he is now armed to the teeth
NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! You cut the gun apart?!? How could you? You monster! :p

I really like the gun, especially that one with the extra silver paint, I couldn't bear to mutilate it.

AmanaMatt
06-05-2007, 10:16 PM
NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! You cut the gun apart?!? How could you? You monster! :p

I really like the gun, especially that one with the extra silver paint, I couldn't bear to mutilate it.

Ye of such little faith!!!!! :pleased:

I used a generic one from one of my stormies! Ig-88 has his original gun - intact!!!!

JediTricks
06-06-2007, 09:39 PM
You still ruined one of those guns. :p

AmanaMatt
06-06-2007, 10:10 PM
You still ruined one of those guns. :p

...and I loved every minute of it :thumbsup: I am a MONSTER!!!! :ninja:

Jargo
06-07-2007, 06:57 PM
I know he's a split second background character but I love the effort put into this figure. I wasn't going to buy IG-88 but the pictures make it seem bad not to. I think I can cheat and put him in Jabba's palace. same with 4-LOM when he arrives. they need to give Dengar and Zuckuss this extra quality now.
It's weird but of all the bounty hunters Bossk and IG-88 are the ones that always stuck in my head. and I still think an army of IG droids would have looked better than battle droids. much more menacing.

Old Fossil
06-07-2007, 08:26 PM
they need to give Dengar and Zuckuss this extra quality now.

Others have mentioned Dengar as needing the "vintage" treatment, too, but I just don't see that. I bought two of them when he was released back in... what was it, '03 or early '04? Hard to believe that sculpt is three or four years old, it's so darn good. We're talking a figure with ball-jointed shoulders, swivel elbows, a swivel wrist, waist and hip articulation, and a paint job that puts much of the current TAC line to shame. The only improvement they might be able to make over the old Saga sculpt is knee and ankle joints, but if anything Dengar had even less screen time than Bossk. (At least in ESB.) If it's the card folks want, well, Dengar's vintage cardback was rather underwhelming IIRC.

I just can't see the need to give Dengar the vintage treatment and sell him at 10-12 USD. They COULD reissue him as part of Saga Legends, but I don't think he even made the list.

Zuckuss, though? Heck yeah. Soft goods, baby, soft goods!

figrin bran
06-07-2007, 09:47 PM
While a VTSC Dengar would have better articulation in the knees and ankles, there's always the possibility that the sculpt wouldn't be as good as the Saga one.

AmanaMatt
06-08-2007, 01:35 AM
While a VTSC Dengar would have better articulation in the knees and ankles, there's always the possibility that the sculpt wouldn't be as good as the Saga one.

I love the last Dengar we got - the articulation is decent, and the paint job does rock.....I do think his facial expression is a bit over the top, and he could use SA articulation - I do believe he is missing his holster and gun too...

Jargo
06-08-2007, 08:20 PM
they could do so much with Zuckuss, aside from soft goods long coat, there's his breathing aparatus. a sculpt that allowed you to remove that and have a Gand figure as though breathing his normal atmosphere. you could create an army of them. or a clan or whatever. most of his articulation would be hidden like the tusken raider but the dude is a huntsman. an active stalking hunting dude. he should have lots of posability. I've still got my vintage zuckuss with his thief of baghdad costume under the robe. compare that the POTF2 version and there's such a leap in accuracy but it could be better. not least for the fact the POTF2 version has that spli sides robe thing which looks great for effect sculpt wise but it limits that figure so much. and the breathing aparatus is sculpted onto the cloak/robe/coat. not good.

so bring on the Zuckuss hasbro.

jedibear
06-16-2007, 10:33 AM
Finally found one of these (& an opener)...

Great figure! Thanks for the comparison shot, AmanaMatt...it really illustrates the incredible leap in quality with this new version.

I really like all of the separate parts...they really add to the look. the added articluation is really great too, but I will be keeping this one on a stand for display....I do think that with those thin limbs, we will end up with some warping over time.

One thing that struck me about this figure with all the separate parts was...I got hit with funny thought after posing him for display...don't know if it was intentional or not on the designer's part, but he really does have a strange, warped "Wizard of Oz" Tinman vibe going on with his look that I nevr really noticed until now with all of the previous version looking so "stiff" and upright. Maybe having the added articulation and being able to pose him a little askance helped me see that. Whatever it is...it's cool!

Still, it's an excellent and worthy re-do of this cool looking character!