I picked up the Ep 2 Clone and the Skiff Master Weequay at Target earlier this week. Although I had seen both of those figures several times at TRU, their insane pricing held me back from ANY interest in the figures, and I had entirely written off ever buying them really, but seeing these 2 new figures at Target while I was in a buying mood netted sales (nothing could have gotten me to part with $9 for the Barriss Offee they had though, I don't care if she is a wave 7 figure, she's BORING).
Weequay is exactly what I expected, and I really don't think he's worth $9. That's not to say he's a bad figure, but $9 for this? C'mon! There's no surprises except that I didn't realize he had such an elongated head in the back, but no delights, nothing that works better than it looks like it would. It's an ok figure, but it's nothing more, and to be honest there's no "ok" figure in this line worth $9, even if he is long-awaited from the OT. Head movement isn't great, the shoulder joints are bulkier than I'd like, and because of those shoulders and the way the belt is handled, it gives the figure an unintentional hourglass shape rather than having the jacket flow around the arms like it should. The brown color of the jacket is also slightly off, and his shoes are super boring, and his arms are a touch too long, and his head seems a touch too smooth at the top. Those are issues that wouldn't have bothered me 2 years ago when the figures were a more reasonable price, but the little stuff bothers me more and more now that I am being selective because each figure is a massive ripoff.
The Clone is way better than I expected. The helmet looks SO bad in the package because it's sitting too low, the head inside is higher up the neck and the helmet at proper height looks much, much better that way - I would suggest putting a spacer into the helmet to ensure it doesn't drop back down. The helmet doesn't have the side notches painted, but they are sculpted; it does however have the identity marker at the back of the fin painted red (just the tip of the fin basically, but that's how it was in the movie). Both weapons have painted details, although I'm not sure they're accurate, they do look good, they class up pieces we've seen before. The body is all new, and way better than that crappy one we've been suffering for nearly a decade. This isn't puffy and round and bulky, it's sleek and tight, and the shoulders use internal hinges instead of external ones. The shoulders stick out a touch more than the movie design, but it's a far better cry than what we had. The only issue I have is that the elbow armor is sculpted high up, above the joint, when really it should be part of the lower arm if it can't be in the middle. Jointing is great, especially the new torso joint that is closer together and yet has better motion. The hip joints stick out only a little bit, they aren't ugly the way the recent Stormtrooper and ROTS Clone hip joints have been, here the armor is sculpted higher so the area looks natural, but it still has motion - FINALLY! The ankle joints are a touch too high up, but they still work fine. I would like to see a way to get the upper arms slightly closer to the body for a cleaner standing pose, but it's a really minor thing. The white plastic looks good, and unlike the recent troopers I just mentioned, the helmet matches pretty well to the rest of the figure in color and texture. The helmet doesn't have the lower collar/ring/lip, I don't think that'd be possible on a removable-helmet version, but I don't like that lower collar anyway. Aside from the side notches on the helmet, the stomach panel is missing paint for the tiny dots, but again, it doesn't feel like a big deal here. It's taken them long enough to get these things right, but I'm glad they're starting to pay attention to this stuff on Clones and R2 bodies. That said, at $9 a pop, I doubt I'll buy much more of this figure, I don't love the sad-puppy helmet design and I have a bunch of the older ones, it's just to the point where the value is really cutting razor thin even on a good figure like this.