Well... I just received a Zutton and picked up an Eeth Koth today. I can't even begin to tell you what a little masterpiece the Zutton is. The sculptor really did a great job on this little guy. He's got all of that fine articulation and some really great accessories. I've been fiddling with him for the last hour. There is so much playability here. I really enjoy the fact that I can put this guy into pretty much ANY situation and it will look good.
On the other side of the coin... there is Eeth Koth. Sure, great detail, but what can you do with him? Nothing really. he's of some bicep articulation, but what good does that do? His robes suddenly defy gravity in the worst way. He has no leg articulation... which is fine, because if he DID... it would be useless anyhow. Just to be a goof, I substitued his lightsaber for Zutton's drinking glass. Very funny stuff here, folks! "Damn you!! I want a free refill!!!!" I took the glass away- "Why you...!! If I get my hands on you..."
It's amazing that these two figures can exist in the same line and be so completely different in every way! It was really because of this that I began to understand why I really don't care for the new figures in the AOTC line. Some are one pose statues, whilst others are able to be used anywhere. The Zutton is a toy. Plain and simple. Eeth Koth is a statue... almost to the point that he is like a miniature maquette. I feel that there should have been a little more consideration in "choosing up sides", if you will. I think that the main characters should have come in two separate versions. One that is scene specific and another that is a true poseable action figure. Sadly, we are left with two completely different products that are meant to co-exist in one line and, for all accounts, one collector's display area. We, who choose not to set up scene highlight dioramas, are left with figures that are so far out in left field, that they look rather silly next to the last 24 years worth of action figures.
I suppose people would view things differently or understand my point better if we had only gotten the original Jedi council figures all sitting in chairs and in sitting position alone... because "that's what they did in the TPM". Now we have them all in fighting stance, because "that's what they did in AOTC". Well... my imagination is NOT the movie and the movie is NOT my imagination. I have been collecting for 24 years to "go beyond" the films, if you will- not just stay within the confines of another's imagination and storyline.
The radically posed ones should have been dedicated to one line and the rest to another. Now, if only for myself, I am starting to see it all the more clearly.