Whether he shot first or not, you'll still probably buy him last.
I change my mind every so often when it comes to buying a figure. (Okay, it happens pretty often really.) There have been plenty of times when I’ve thought... no, I’m not going to bother with that one, but then later I get it and like it. The new VTSC (Vintage The Saga Collection) Greedo figure is exactly one of those. I have a bunch of Greedo figures and they’re all decent, even the super buff POTF2 version is cool, so I was in no hurry to buy this one. Greedo has always been a favorite of mine though, and as far back as I can remember, I’ve been a fan of the rubber fish face and the super cool futuristic track suit. Frankly, as a kid I’d always thought that there should have been more Greedo in Star Wars. (Maybe he deserves his own TV show? Huh? How about it Mr. Lucas?) So, I felt obligated to buy one of these spendy, highly "collectible" vintage inspired Greedo figures... and yeah, as it turns out it’s great!
First, how’s the packaging? The "vintage" style packaging is nice -- it’s great to look at, or it’ll fill you with nostalgic joy as you tear it apart. Latter runs of these have switched from a protective shell that’s taped shut, to a new "tamper proof" bubble that’s been crimped shut. It makes it next to impossible for anyone to steal the UGH (Ultimate Galactic Hunt) sticker that’s included, but also makes it totally impossible to open the protective shell without destroying it. They want you to buy two of them anyway, so I suppose it’s surprising that they didn’t do this earlier. (I’m not a big fan of the tape, so I do think it’s a good thing.)
How does the figure look? This is another one of those figures that suffers when it’s sealed up. You can’t get a good look at it until you’ve freed it from the bubble, and once you have, you’ll see that it’s a fairly simple figure, but it’s handled extremely well from top to bottom. The head sculpt is great. Big buggy black eyes, fishy mouth, bumpy skin, funny ears and antennae, all done with a nice subtle two tone paint job. The body is handled just as well. The details are simple, the paint is again subtle but effective, and overall, there’s nothing for me to complain about.
I mean... I could try to complain. I could say that I think the fuzzy vest is odd. Which was true at first, but after playing around with him for a bit, I find that the cloth vest is cut really well, and it sits on the figure just right. (Looking at the film, I see that Greedo’s vest does in fact seem to be made of a similar material. Some kind of velour perhaps.) Truth be told, there’s nothing about this figure that looks wrong to me.
So, how does the toy feel? In all, this is a solid and well built figure. It’s made with good firm plastic. It has joints that are all nice and tight -- that bend where they’re supposed to without falling apart. Again, no problems here.
What about play value? Aside from detail, articulation is supposed to be what these modern "vintage" figures are all about, and Greedo doesn’t disappoint. There’s plenty of parts that bend and twist -- neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, waist, hips, knees and ankles -- with plenty of ball joints just where they should be. So, the figure looks good, it’s well built and it has all sorts of articulation that isn’t ruined by any kind of silly gimmick or action feature. Add it all up, and you’ve got a 3 3/4" action figure with perfect play value. I mean it, really... this Greedo figure is cool, and easily as fun to play with as any of the others from this new group of vintage inspired figures.
Would I recommend that you buy it? I like this figure very much. It does its best to make itself worth the inflated $10 (or as much as $12 in some places) price. Yes, I certainly recommend this one, and think it’s a shame that most people seem to be leaving it hanging when given the choice of figures to buy from these five. So again, grab it and if one day there’s a live action TV show about the adventures of a bounty hunter named Greedo, then we’ll already have the best possible figure.