Pre-Cyborg Grievous....another great figure from the best wave of the year...
Inspired by Warren Fu's concept artwork for "Revenge of the Sith" and from his segment in the "Visionaries", the design and look of the character's pre-cyborg incarnation fits rather well into the fashion pallet developed by Trisha Bigger for the prequels...in fact it would be interesting to know if she had any input in the design.
As with Bigger's work, Fu has managed to take a bit of various historical and ethnic cues in the look without any of it turning the design into caricature. Like the best Star Wars designs, it looks otherworldy and timeless while still looking somehow "familiar" from all the influences. A little middle eastern, a little tribal, a touch of african and more blend to create the truly intimidating warrior, Qymaen Jai Sheelal.
Another cool aspect of the design is how it contains some interesting visual hints as to what he becomes. His cyborg creators take several cues from his "current" form for thier creation, from the tall, lanky, overpowering form to the tribal-symbol adorned cape to the bone mask...it creates an intriguing look that only adds to his mystique.
The cardback text reads:
"A fearless warrior, Grievous is one of the greatest military soldiers of his people. As is the Kaleesh custom, he wears, during combat, a bone mask passed down from his ancestors. His outstanding military record catches the attention of the Banking Clan, who want to use his expertise for their growing Seperatist movement."
For more, check out "Visionaries" from Dark Horse...
Now, the figure.
He's a tall figure...stands well unassisted...fair articulation at the knees, hips, and waist. A ball jointed neck/head. One area lacking in the arms...he can't hold his weapon with both hands without looking awkward. The helmet/mask is removable, the cape and chest shields are as well. He features a short sword that fits securely in a sheath on his back. The rifle is a combination of hard plastic and soft rubber (the barrel). The paint apps are good (not great) with a little slop on the chest plates and leg wrappings...but not enought to ruin the overall look. The one area where it counts...the eyes...are sharp and well done.
I really appreciate Hasbro creating a figure of a cool character that covers a truly different aspect of him...it looks great.