I've got a bunch of South American POFT2 bootlegs. And for any of you that have ever come across these, man are they made EXTREMELY poorly.
That's not to say that silvery, rehashed R2 is made poorly. It's the packaging. It reeks to high heaven of being made with 21st-century manufacturing costs in mind.
Yes. . .afterall, it is a 'giveaway.'
Like the bootlegs. . .the cardstock is weak, thin, easily bendable. The bubble is probably molded from the cheapest plastic (second to the actual bootlegs). I fear that if I sneeze in its general direction, the bubble will cave in. And you most certainly should not be within 200 yards of any heat source, such as a lit match.
I really appreciate the throwback design - the monotone cardback. However, I will also point out that that two-color (B/W with a spot) is FAR FAR cheaper than multiple color print jobs. But let me say. . .Toy Fair Vader and R2 are probably my favorite carded/display figs in recent memory.
So, all in all, I really dig the fig.
But I can't help not to think that Hasbro's number one and two goals were:
1. Make a ton of money during a promotion by giving away...
2. ...The cheapest manufactured toy possible.