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I had originally planned to review a MOTU Classics figure today, but Boba showed up in the mail yesterday and I couldn’t wait to get his review out for everyone to see. The San Diego Comic-con 2013 exclusive Boba Fett is technically the first figure release of the new six inch Star Wars Black line. If this figure is any indication of what the Black series is going to produce, then this is going to be one of the top contenders for “Toy Line of the Year”.
For the first time ever fans are finally getting a nicely detailed and super articulated six inch Star Wars toy line. Normally I’d complain about how long it took to get to this point, but as I look over this figure I can’t help but think that figures like this wouldn’t have been realistically possible until now.
A big part of that reasoning is the rise of the Adult Collector market. That’s still a fairly new and unexplored idea for US toy makers. I’m pretty sure that this six inch Black line also owes its creation to the Vintage Collection series. Even though they were just three inch scale, the Vintage Collection produced some of the most detailed and articulated figures to spring from the brand. Hasbro simply put two and two together to realize that us big kids have the money to waste and want a more substantial collection.
So as you can probably tell already, I’m extremely happy with this figure. I wouldn’t go so far as to say he’s perfect, because there are a couple of issues. But you’re definitely going to hear a lot of gushing in this review, most of which is geared toward his sculpt. Boba has an all new sculpted body that’s pretty dead on when it comes to likeness. The character already has such a unique look and the figure does a fantastic job of bringing it to life in toy form.
It’s all the tiny details that really draw you in though. The costume itself is wrinkled, but when you look closer you can actually see seams and the texture pattern of the fabric. Both arm bracers are covered in little buttons and mechanical devices, while the overall design of the armor is covered in sculpted scars and pockmarks. He has a couple of extra pockets on the shins of his pants, and shoes are tipped with little metal spikes. He even has a wire running from his right bracer and up into his sleeve. I’ve never even noticed that before on the character.
One thing that surprised me was how much I like the cape that hangs off his left shoulder. I’m not usually a fan of fabric on action figures. But this figure helped convince me that it can be done correctly. The tattered effect really adds to the overall worn down and beaten look of his armor, and the fabric itself is hard enough to hold very simple poses.
While all of Boba’s sculpted details are great, they’re made even better by the highlights from his paint job. What jumped out at me when I first opened the figure were all the silver splotches that show where his armor has been damaged and the paint has flaked off. On further inspection you can also see a dingy gray wash on the figures legs, which gets darker the further down it goes. Both of these apps do a great job of making Boba’s armor look used and a beat to hell. Definitely a figure that’s been through some stuff, and the rest of your toys should stay clear. Continue to page 2…