IG-88 is pretty good, not a fantastic toy perhaps but a nice collectible. It may look below like the good is outweighed by the bad, but most of the good are really strong points while only a few of the bad points are anywhere near the same level.
What's right about IG-88:
- At 4.8 inches, he's slightly taller than POTJ IG-88;
- He's got a lot of articulation;
- He's got a fantastic silver color with a very nice subtle rust-wash;
- He's got a good number of accessories (rifle from earlier IG-88, stormtrooper blaster, knife, removable bandolier), all of them well-colored and none overly rubbery;
- The bandolier has a holder for the knife on the back;
- He's got a ton of detail, way more than previous IG-88, and much of it is in separate pieces;
- The blasters are black yet have a significant silver paint weathering (dry-brushed, I believe) which looks outstanding and I'm now jealous for all my other stormtrooper blasters;
- He can stand upright easily.
What's wrong about IG-88:
- Swivel mid-head,
- swivel neck,
- universal-jointed upper torso (bends forward-back and rotates at the bottom),
- standard shoulders,
- rotation upper arms,
- universal elbows (hinged and rotation at top),
- standard hips,
- swivel upper thighs,
- universal knees (hinged and rotation at top), and
- universal feet (hinged and rotation at top).
All in all, a pretty cool figure, not perfect but I'd say this is close enough. He certainly blows any prior IG-88 figure out of the water, that's for sure. The separate detail pieces go a long way for the look, although I'd say the coloring of everything here involve is what takes it to the endzone.
- He feels somewhat delicate due to thin limbs and loose separate detail pieces everywhere;
- The head still seems a little under-detailed;
- He's tough to keep standing in action poses without help because he's so tall and top-heavy;
- His left hand isn't terribly good at holding accessories because it's warped open due to holding the blaster in-package;
- His hips are too wide, looks like the beginning of thunder-thighs;
- For all his articulation, they left out the tilting head and the movable area where the upper arms meet the shoulders;
- There's a slight gap in the middle of his head where the separate halves move;
- The bandolier has these 3 disks (grenades, I suspect) which look removable but aren't;
- The bandolier also has a holster on the back which should work for the right gun but doesn't accommodate anything he's got;
- The rotation joints at upper elbows and upper knees seem redundant since the upper arms and legs rotate independently;
- The top of the hose on the upper left leg keeps popping out of the waist;
Hasbro for some reason decided to clear-band the figure into the tray, I think this is the first vintage-style to do so and I don't care for it, it seems like it takes away from that vintage feeling where you can open a figure and get it right out of the bubble without fuss, but nothing seems adversely affected by the clear-bands so I'll forgive. Kenner's picture on the card front looks great, sharp and good color, but is flipped so the head details are backwards, the bandolier is on the wrong side, the guns are in the opposite hands.