I have been so excited to get the new Clone Wars Grievous figure. For about 2 years now, I've been trying to display the first CW Grievous in a fairly basic standing pose and every few weeks he falls over. Plus, he's not particularly good at posing in general since he has such limited articulation. So this new one really seemed like the one to deal with all that with its tons of articulation.
Imagine my surprise when I unpackaged him just now and, after his shoulder pads went flying this way and that, his entire body came wiggling out of the card like a gummy bear. And not even a stale gummy bear, a fresh one straight from a Bavarian factory. The clear-bands really don't do this figure any favors either, but he's so pliant that it's merely a short-term issue. The real issue is that, despite the myriad of new joints, this figure is quite possibly the softest basic figure of all time and cannot remain standing for more than a few minutes at a time. His foot-claws have already bent from just standing the past 10 minutes on my desk (leaned against something to remain standing). Grievous is now the ultimate wilter.
- the battle damaged head is a keen idea, but not really damaged enough IMO;
- he's got a removable chest plate to reveal green guts;
- the hands are angled, but since they're symmetrical, they can be swapped so they are angled up or down depending on your preference, they are packaged down;
- Grievous 1 has more range of motion on his head, but that head is smaller than Grievous 2's head, which is closer to proportion, you can swap them but Grievous 1's is too loose on Grievous 2's neck;
- I think mine has 2 right feet based on the camber of the left foot, but it doesn't matter since there's zero chance he'll be using those feet for long;
- at full standing height, he's notably taller than Grievous 1... for now, until the gummy bear legs warp totally under;
- knee articulation has impressive range, the faux double-joint look they put plenty of effort into emulating would probably not have more range than this single joint;
- elbow range, on the other hand, is surprisingly lackluster;
- there's more rotation joints on this figure than expected, almost everything, so sad he's wrecked by the gelatin soft candy body;
- he has 2 "severed" replacement forearms, but in the "Lair of Grievous" episode this figure is from, I believe it was his legs that were lopped off - oops;
- the lack of weathering Grievous 2 stands out pretty badly, especially considering how simple yet effective it is on Grievous 1;
- they swapped the blue and green saber hilts, they're the same molds as last time but swapped colors, and now no accent paint, just silver, how arbitrary is that;
- did I mention the shoulder pads fly off at a blink? Yes? Well, it bears repeating, and his chest plate isn't on that well either;
- Hasbro Photography made a very odd error, plugging his shoulder pads into his collar right up against his neck, and it's intentional I think, the mini-catalog shows Grievous in a battle scene the same way;
- if Grievous were actually a gummy bear, his flavor would be "pretentious".