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SirSteve
12-30-2011, 08:05 AM
You can view the page at http://www.sirstevesguide.com/content.php/573-Hasbro-Star-Wars-Fighter-Pods

JediTricks
06-06-2012, 08:07 PM
I went looking for any thread about Fighter Pods, no such luck. Doesn't surprise me. Anyway, I found a 12-pack on clearance yesterday at Target for $3.28, "As Is" packaging so they covered the UPC, but there wasn't anything wrong with it that I could detect. $3 down from either $13 or $16, I figured I'd give them 1 shot.

This was the CW Jedi Starfighter set, it displayed 10 figures, the Jedi Starfighter, 2 black pod shells with secret rare figures within, and 4 more empty pod shells. The figures were:
Luke ROTJ holding saber
Unmasked Vader ROTJ holding helmet
Emperor ROTJ posed to shoot lightning
3-leg R2-D2
Snowtrooper
CW Anakin
Ep 2 Padme in post-arena garb
Oddball in phase 1
Cmdr Cody
Capt Rex (phase 1)

and secret rare figures:
Kneeling Stormtrooper
TIE Pilot

Really? The rare figures are army-builders?!? I'd love to see the thinking behind that. And how likely is it that they randomized those out in the other iterations of this set? I doubt that likely.

The Jedi Starfighter is nothing to write home about, it's thin and hollow, has its cockpit removed so it can hold a fighter pod shell instead, and the fighter pod acts as a central wheel - rolls nicely but so what. The only colors are gray plastic and yellow paint. Firing the pod from it produces no excitement I can detect, it simply drops down and that's it. The pod only fits in one orientation, which could be confusing for little kids.

The figures themselves are a bit more rubbery than I expected, and very small. They have decent paint, although there's more slop than photos had previously suggested - Luke's chin and neck are all painted black, it's weird. The sculpting doesn't really seem terribly exciting, they're chibi but they lack personality, they're in poses but aside from the Emperor the poses aren't dynamic or interesting, they're just kind of random. The scales are pretty off, Padme and R2 are the same height as Vader and Luke. The recognizability is down to their outfits most of the time, Luke's face and hair doesn't look a darned thing like him.

I have to stress again the lack of personality, it's the personality that got me with Playskool/Galactic Heroes, and that's the magic which is missing from these, so they're just small, and I don't see any point at all to them. They aren't fun to play with, they don't display well together, they don't interact well with the vehicle.

The pod shells are essentially round with a peg on the "south" pole and a fatter peg with a hole in it for the "north" pole; the halves are mated, one side being female and the other male, they screw together in a quarter-twist that locks, some pods lock nicer than others, and some are too tight to open easily which suggests a problem again for kids. The pods are sculpted up so much that even the clear pods obscure who resides within. The figures are so much smaller than the pods that they just rattle around inside, and 11 out of 12 of the figures I got easily doubled-up in the pods (the set comes with 6 pods and 12 figures, the only reason Luke didn't fit was his lightsaber is far from his body, if I didn't mind bending it he'd be within as well).

The pods are designed to be stackable, with the south peg being a tight fit for the north peghole. The north peghole is the same diameter as the hole in the bottom of each figure, the intention being to mount the figure onto the pod. The marketing suggests a spinning-top play pattern out of this, but the light weight of the figure and pod made them virtually useless to spin free as a top.

So that's it, I can't think of anything else to say about them because I can't think of how they're in any way a toy. They're not fun to play with on their own, the pods aren't usable as a spinning top, the interaction with the vehicle doesn't add anything of value, the sculpting is ok but lacks personality and charm, the paint doesn't impress as much as the price suggests it needs to, and they're not exciting. They're basically tiny things meant to be looked at briefly, and they're not terribly good at being that either.

sonofsokol
06-10-2012, 10:46 PM
They're basically tiny things meant to be looked at briefly, and they're not terribly good at being that either.

We got some a while back to hide in Easter eggs on Easter morning. My 7 year old had been wanting to buy some for a while, and I found the big pack with the AT-AT and snow speeder on sale at Target or something. The kids were really excited to find them in the eggs and lined them all up. They lost interest in them that same day and I still occasionally will find one here or there around the house. Honestly I think it is my cats that have carried them around the house. For my kids (three boys: 7, 3, and 1), these had less staying power than the Mighty Beanz. They maintained interest in the beanz long enough to buy a few extra packs and even the Darth Vader and Millennium Falcon collector cases. My boys don't show any interest in buying any more Pods at all. I guess I was surprised how little they seemed to care about them.

JediTricks
06-19-2012, 12:28 AM
We got some a while back to hide in Easter eggs on Easter morning. My 7 year old had been wanting to buy some for a while, and I found the big pack with the AT-AT and snow speeder on sale at Target or something. The kids were really excited to find them in the eggs and lined them all up. They lost interest in them that same day and I still occasionally will find one here or there around the house. Honestly I think it is my cats that have carried them around the house. For my kids (three boys: 7, 3, and 1), these had less staying power than the Mighty Beanz. They maintained interest in the beanz long enough to buy a few extra packs and even the Darth Vader and Millennium Falcon collector cases. My boys don't show any interest in buying any more Pods at all. I guess I was surprised how little they seemed to care about them.Ouch, that's a bad sign because I think they're right in the target audience age zone (3 and 7, not 1), and it's exactly what I thought it'd be. I do like the idea of your cats carrying them around though. :D

I wonder how much of the Mighty Beanz's appeal over Fighter Pods is merely being a thing that moves in an unusual way.

sonofsokol
06-19-2012, 01:27 AM
I think that may be part of it. I also think that they prefer the beanz because they make noise. As strange as it sounds, they like to get 3 or 4 of them in their hands and shake them to make a nice annoying rattling sound. Tons of fun...

bigbarada
06-26-2012, 05:25 AM
I got one Fighter Pod figurine back at the beginning of the year when TRU was giving away a free single-figure mystery pack when you purchased like $10 worth of Star Wars toys. I was hoping for Bossk, but instead got the Clonetrooper... blah. The little pack came with a pod and I really cannot conceive of any way that this would have been a fun toy for me when I was a young kid.

The little figures are so tiny that I doubt I would get any satisfaction at all from collecting them. I think a good percentage of action figure accessories are larger than these figures. Heck, if my Star Wars action figures collected their own Star Wars action figures, then they probably wouldn't be much smaller than these things.

Just to beat this dead horse a little further, I have the Vedain and Kithaba mini-figures from the old Action Fleet Skiff toy, and the Fighter Pod Clonetrooper barely reaches their shoulders and that's only because of the fin on his helmet. You know it's bad if they make your Action Fleet mini-figs look tall.

Overall, I look at the Fighter Pods stuff in the toy aisle and I can only think, "Why is Hasbro wasting their resources on this crap?"

I still wouldn't mind getting a Bossk though, I guess.

sonofsokol
06-26-2012, 05:00 PM
Hey BigB: If I recall, we actually ended up with 2 Bossks in the packs we bought. If/when I am able to find one, I would be more than happy to send him your way. I am sure you would get more enjoyment out of him than they have. I'll let you know if I have any luck locating one.

JediTricks
06-26-2012, 10:23 PM
Weird, they look alright in pictures, but in person they're such a "meh". I didn't realize they were smaller than ActionFleet figures, that's really dinky for how expensive these are.

Oh, I saw more of the Jedi Starfighter set I got at Target, not on clearance anymore, and they all had different figures so I guess I was wrong about one part.

bigbarada
06-26-2012, 10:58 PM
Hey BigB: If I recall, we actually ended up with 2 Bossks in the packs we bought. If/when I am able to find one, I would be more than happy to send him your way. I am sure you would get more enjoyment out of him than they have. I'll let you know if I have any luck locating one.

If you can find it, that'd be cool. My Bossk figure needs it for his collection. :) Just let me know what you want for it.

sonofsokol
06-27-2012, 11:57 AM
I couldn't find one yesterday, but there are still a plenty of places where he could be hiding. I'll PM you when I find him.

bigbarada
07-02-2012, 11:24 AM
Thanks for taking the time to look for it. I was half expecting a message like "I finally found the Bossk! My cat pooped it out yesterday, do you still want it?" :D

I went ahead and just picked up one of those 4-packs from Walmart yesterday. They were only $6 and the one I got came with Bossk, Porkins, Jabba and Kit Fisto. Other than Kit Fisto, it's pretty much winning selection. These guys actually look pretty cute sitting on top of my computer monitor. Maybe I'll just buy one or two more....

sonofsokol
07-02-2012, 11:57 AM
I am glad you got Bossk. I really like his sculpt. Its funny, as I was searching for Bossk, my 7 year old wanted to help and it got interested in these again. He took all of them that we found and lined them up on the top shelf of his book case where his little brother and hopefully the cats can't get to them. Over the weekend he found a few more. Of the figures I know we had we still cannot find Bossk, a red Emporer's Royal Guard, and one of the 2 Jango Fetts. I think these work as cool little display pieces, but they just don't have any play value. I am digging some of the series 2 figures and ships that are now releasing...

bigbarada
07-03-2012, 12:02 AM
I saw the AT-AT Driver and that's one that I'm definitely interested in. I would like to see some more Jabba's Goons, like a Gamorrean Guard, Squidhead, Kithaba and some other Skiff Guards.

EDIT: Wait a minute, did I just mention looking forward to a new figure and even posted a wish list after I totally dissed this entire line in my first post? Ugh, I'm hopeless...

El Chuxter
07-03-2012, 12:22 AM
I'm guessing they're trying to bite off the appeal of Squinkies. Those things are really popular with the kids in my daughter's class. Personally, it boggles my mind that they can sell them because they're such an obvious choking hazard.

JediTricks
07-03-2012, 03:00 PM
I saw the AT-AT Driver and that's one that I'm definitely interested in. I would like to see some more Jabba's Goons, like a Gamorrean Guard, Squidhead, Kithaba and some other Skiff Guards.

EDIT: Wait a minute, did I just mention looking forward to a new figure and even posted a wish list after I totally dissed this entire line in my first post? Ugh, I'm hopeless...HA! Yeah, you are a hopeless collector. ;)


I'm guessing they're trying to bite off the appeal of Squinkies. Those things are really popular with the kids in my daughter's class. Personally, it boggles my mind that they can sell them because they're such an obvious choking hazard.Oh, they're clearly going after the Squinkies market, even though these are I think 2 or 3 times the cost per figure as Squinkies. Are Squinkies popular with the boys too, or girls only? I see a lot more girl-themed ones than boy-themed.

I suspect that they are so small that they are considered swallowable rather than chokable, a choking hazard is defined I believe as something small enough to be put in the mouth but large enough to lodge in the throat, while something something small enough to be swallowed into the stomach is no more a choking hazard than any food.

bigbarada
07-04-2012, 01:32 AM
I actually saw some kids going through the Fighter Pods sets with their mom this evening. They were pretty excited about the sets and kept going on and on about how cool they were. They ended up getting the new series 2 sets and one of them had the Prototype Boba Fett. I was going to pick that one up but decided to let the kids have first dibs on whatever was there first.

Beast
07-13-2012, 09:32 PM
I'm glad I'm finally not the only one with a sick obsession with these things. Heh. :)

I still need to finish Series 1. And now Series 2 is already upon us. Happy to see a Jar Jar in that set.

And I can't wait for he Imperial Shuttle with Grand Moff Tarkin. Woot!

Mr. JabbaJohnL
07-14-2012, 12:33 AM
Some of the new ones are pretty cool, like Jar Jar and so on. If I want any of these characters, I can remember that I have 87 versions of most of them on a shelf at home. :p

I got the AOTC clone pilot free when I ordered Darth Maul's Force FX saber from Hasbro Toy Shop. They're cute and fine for what they are, I just can't start another collection.

El Chuxter
07-14-2012, 02:18 AM
Just 87? You're clearly either not talking about Vader, or you're not a completist. :p