Best thing to do is to get right to it (and no they aren't out yet - I got them early from a friend).
Lama Su / Clone Boy:
Lama Su is fine, nothing exciting. Got Taun We? Lama Su is the same thing - only taller.
Clone Boy - no moving legs, and no swivel arm articulation at the elbow like Boba. He can turn at the waist, head, and shoulders (moving arms up and down like figures always should).
Her legs don't move at all. Her arms are articulated like Luminara - basically the same thing - but her cloak comes off. I think she'd be hotter if she wore her hair a little longer like the British-accented hottie that played her in the movie. (I liked her at Celebration 2 - British-accent girls are such a turn-on, their voice just has that regal sensuality, it's like...whoops. OK. Uh, back to figures. ) Well, Barriss would look like she has longer hair pulled back like Padme Arena Battle, but she actually just has short hair. Anyway, her base stand is cool, and has like a crushed battle droid in it. You can't pose her "at ease" at all though. The sculpt is hot though and her form is very pleasing to the eye though. I don't know what's up with the "heart" in her belt buckle, but it is definitely a heart. Was that in the movie? Her Jedi robes were closed almost every time we saw her. Oh well, she can be my valentine! (but she's not my favorite figure amongst these).
- our first real comics and books EU (AND MOVIE!) figure since 1998! This is a good figure! Pretty much other pictures that had you guys complaining about her shoulders just showed that some people taking the pictures didn't care to pose her correctly, the way her shoulders can turn to look better than what you saw. Or they wanted to show you how she is articulated. "Like Aurra Sing" best sums it up. In addition, her left arm has a swivel at the elbow. (the Force magnet hand - and no, they never bothered to paint the magnet blue to blend with her skin tone! That sucks, especially since blue girls are the bomb!) Other things are sculpted nicely while we're on that, and her waistline is what those that appreciate such things dream of. Her little pelvic / butt guard thing is soft plastic, so if she could sit down (in a vehicle) or whatever, it'd be pliant. However, only her right leg seems to want to move like a regular figure. Her left leg has a swivel joint riding high on her thigh. It's only so useful, to make her swinging her saber and stepping into an attack to her left, perhaps? But since the cut is so high on her thigh, her left leg, which also seems to be articulated at the hip, seems impossible to move (into a sitting position for example) without pulling her leg off, from 3/4 up her thigh - and I'm not going to chance it not being easy to reattach, plus I don't really think I'm going to pose her sitting anyway. But why make articulation that doesn't work? Last but not least, Aayla has Amy Allen's pretty face, but with a stern "Jedi Warrior" look on her face, and her headtails are in the action motion you've seen them sculpted in, though I do like Twi'Lek girls' headtails hanging down like straight, long hair, myself. I really like this figure though, and her character, so I wouldn't mind a resculpt. I'm probably going to get like 10 of her when I have the chance. Everyone's going to like this one for the most part.
BTW: you can pose Aayla kind of relaxed, but this way she looks more like one of Jabba's dancers, who might 'relax' in a dancer's stretch, kind of standing spread-eagle. It's a sensual kind of relaxed, I'd suppose. :happy:
Oh - her stand will connect to Bariss' if you want it too. I wonder if Coleman Trebor's will too. They could be planning something very cool!
Well, this is the worst R2D2 in the history of the line since oh, well, 1978 If you have a chance to purchase R2 from the Droids cartoon line, get it before you buy this! That being said, you could enjoy buying this. His paint scheme is almost as cartoony... Moving on, his 2 main legs do not move at all! They are molded to his body (I think most of you could see that from the pictures already anyway). But since he's posed standing perfectly still, or shut down, this is a good figure to use in a diorama of Padme's bedroom, since he looks like a guard sentry. The head does turn 360 degrees though, and the 3rd leg is retractable. Pushing it in make R2's rocket jets come out of his legs. (but you know, when R2 flies, he puts his legs behind him, like Superman, or SuperDroid, or whatever - and this R2 can't, so it's not even accurate!) Pushing the rocket jets back in, causes his 3rd leg to pop back out. Meanwhile, they're not even pained silver like the pictures we've seen! They are blue from R2's blue striping on his legs! The rocket struts should at least be silver! Whatever... the rocket blasts attach under the rocket boosters and they are just another shade of blue. Maybe you can also buy a matching bed spread as this figure will make you not want to wake up again to see it! (sort of) Under the 3rd leg, the magnetic piece comes out and pulls the string with it. The magnet attaches to 3PO's head so R2 can pull his head by remote...umm...in between his legs. The other end of the string comes out through one of R2's dome ports (like one is a sensor scope, one is for Luke's lightsaber, etc. on "the real R2" - this figure has none of those redeeming features. But you use the very small piece to grip while pulling the string through R2. Maybe by sticking the magnet end onto the fridge you can have hours of fun making R2 crash headfirst into the icebox...but I don't see how this is "flying." Anyway, on his back you can entwine the extra string, but I think it is better to feed it through the little hole in R2's dome and stuff it all inside of him. The real droid didn't have "a string," but this one almost needs one it 'leaks' so much! I recommend him only for a stationary scene like Padme's bedroom, or turned off, on the Naboo Starship. He might also be a good fit in the big X-wing. I don't know. It's just that "you thought R5-D4 was bad??????????????????)
This figure is awesome! It blows the 300th edition Fett away! He's so poseable! Only the right knee bends "funny" - meaning below the knee pad, but it doesn't really seem noticeable. His left anke is also poseable. The jet blast adds on very well, and holds him good. This is a must to add to the skiff battle scene vs. Luke!!!! The missle does not look bad. His action feature is totally unobtrusive. His arms are loose though, but they lock if you want him with "hands up" - like he's the one that's captured, for example. Since he's bent at the elbows, like shooting from the hip style, he doesn't need his arms to lock halfway up (90 degrees to his body) - he's shooting that way anyway. Both arms have swivel elbows, so unlike the 300th Fett he can be posed holding his rifle to either side. The colors are a bit bright and cartoony for my taste, but his dents are still there, and vintage collectors will probably like the nostalgia brought on by his color scheme. The rangefinder on his helmet might move a little, but I'm not sure if it's supposed to, so I'm not messing with it. Fett is one of the really good figures you can look forward to this year! He's one of my favorites I got today, along with Aayla, though the two compare like apples and oranges, since collection 1 has gotten so different from collection 2, except.....
This is the figure I've been waiting for! I totally dig Anakin! A great head sculpt and no agonized expression on his face! You can totally pose him relaxed with 10 points of articulation - everything but the knees. You can pose him so you don't see the droid hand, but it is not removeable, and you'll break something if you just try to pull it off. If my Anakin was supposed to have a magnet in his hand, I doubt it - his lightsaber is not magnetic and the blade is not removeable. - It's also strangely really small compared to the other saga line lightsabers. The cloak looks good as well - even when you try him out in a totally relaxed pose. I still want a cloak that hangs on him like Darth Vader's cape does, but this figure is a winner and my favorite of all of them.
Having seen this year's opening lineup that I've personally held, have, and have played with, I'd say look forward to:
Padme (Droid Factory)
Imp Officers # 2 & 3
Rebel Fleet Trooper 2
The Jedi Analysis Droids are ok - nothing special, but cool, like Barriss, Lama Su and the Clone Kid.
And R2D2 sucks! (like a happy meal toy) - Obi-Wan does, too!
I forgot Owen's swoop with Anakin.
I wish I could forget Anakin! A button on his back and a screaming face makes his personal pleasures complete. It's as disgusting as Obi-Wan Acklay battle - but worse - with a headsculpt that make you want him if you're trying to complete your Battlefield: Earth or MIB collections - no - that's being too kind! I don't know how this stuff gets past quality control or Lucasfilm's approval???
The swoop is sweet though. I think the front steering vein might be a little too small for scale, but the bike is a totally new sculpt and the detail is fantastic. If the knew 10 pt articulation Anakin had 12 points, I'd put him on it instead! *you can't add the cloak though - it'd have to be specifically sculpted, or softgoods.
Anyway, for the swoop, the toy would be worth it... the figure leaves a lot to be desired.
That's my take on them. Any questions?