Well I received my OTC cases the other day and figured I'd do a review of the Cloud Car Pilot. Usually if I review a figure I opt for the cliff-notes version but I figured I'd give this guy a write-up in the format JediTricks uses.
As most of you know the new OTC style of packaging is really Hasbro's most impressive job to date. The picture behind the figure makes for a great backdrop, in the case of the CCP we get a closeup of half of a Cloud Car and behind it a few of the buildings in Cloud City. The figure name is now on a sticker that closely resembles the vintage silver framed style and is on a raised/angled portion of the outside bubble. The bottom left side of the bubble displays the name of the episode the figure is from and on the right side is the figures name, a list of the accessories, and his OTC number. The pose is nice with one hand on his blaster, which is halfway in the holster, and the other on his comlink. The base/stand is packaged below his feet and is only visable at an angle because it's covered by the OTC logo and character picture. The whole thing comes off really nice, I can't find fault in anything.
The headsculpt is really nice on this figure, his eyes are an appropriate sky blue and his facial features are a bit boney creating a rather unique look. Only his face is exposed because his flight suit covers the rest of his head once you remove the helmet. His outfit is nicely textured with lots of wrinkles present and he has one of the better belts I've seen on a figure in a while. Instead of the holster strap wrapping around and attaching to the front and back of the belt there is actually a small hole on both sides of the body just below the belt that it plugs into. It looks seamless and is only noticable upon close examination working perfectly. The blaster fits in the holster nicely and there is even a small hole in the belt so the comlink can attach as well. This works exactly like the EP1 Naboo Obi-Wan and Qui-Gonn's saber hilts did when attached to their belts.
The CCP has a very nice neutral pose and because of his great articulation putting him in different positions is a breeze. If we do eventually get a Cloud Car for him to sit in his flexability should allow him to fit nicely. He does have a permanently bent right elbow similar to that of the new TIE Fighter Pilot but it looks nice and doesn't hurt the figures overall look.
The paint application is very well done and represents the pilots from the films well. The flight suit is sort of a dirty white/cream color creating a bit of a weathered look. The orange and yellow parts of the suit have nicely defined lines with no visible bleeding onto the white portions. The eye paint is well applied and really gives the figure a bit of character. The Blaster is the standard black but the comlink is grey so it will blend into the belt when attached. The helmet is clear plastic thats been painted on the outside similar to the X-Wing Pilots with removable helmets. It looks good with a nice grey border around the eye sheild.
There are 12 points of articulation on the CCP: neck, shoulders, rotating forearms, waist, hips, knees, and rotating calves. The articulation is all well placed and really puts his pose ability well above average. Whether the knee joints were necessary or not for him to be able to fit in a future Cloud Car it is nice to have the option to position him seated. The only thing keeping him from a perfect 5 out of 5 is the lack of elbow joints, which I feel all pilot figures should have.
The CCP comes with 3 accessories (not including the base/stand): Helmet, Blaster, and a Comlink. The nicest thing here is the removable helmet. It fits nice and snug and sports a clear lens allowing you to clearly see his eyes through it. The Blaster is unique, I can't think of a figure it's been used on before and fits perfectly into the holster. The Comlink is a little bigger than most fitting nicely in his hand and looks great attached to the belt.
Overall Grade: A
Out of the 7 new OTC figures this is the one I was looking forward to the most and he doesn't disappoint. A Great addition to any collection and just one more reason for Hasbro to finally make a Cloud Car.