If you’ve noticed that we’re half way through and I’ve mostly been talking about the head, it’s because most of the rest of the figure has been reviewed here before by Vault way back in 2011. This figure uses The Vintage Collection Mace Windu as a base. For the most part, that rocks. The ab crunch is downright amazing and the ball-knees and ball-ankles mostly make-up for the t-crotch (21st Century Hasbro, hello!). The only thing I don’t much care for on the main body is the soft goods robes, but not for the reasons you think. I do still firmly hate soft goods on anything smaller than sixth scale, but Hasbro tried out this exact figure with plastic robes and it didn’t help the leg articulation all that much. With this guy being so fun to pose, I’ll take the soft goods here. But couldn’t Hasbro have done a better job matching the cloth to the plastic robes? What went wrong there?
Not all the body was reused though. More new tooling can be found in the arms with the gauntlets and new hands. The range on the ball-shoulders and ball-elbows is comparable to the one Vault reviewed, but what really makes this one shine is the new ball-wrists. The t-crotch hinders some deep posing but the three ball-joints and the great ab articulation really lets Mace get down. Great slashing poses. You almost might be tricked into thinking this guy is a master with the lightsaber. He’s been a blast to play with since I snagged him.
Speaking of that lightsaber, Mace includes two, one powered on and one powered off. I kinda miss those days of the “beam” just plugging in, but whatever’s better for Hasbro is fine with me. The unpowered lightsaber can plug on to the belt while the charged one can be posed in a variety of deadly ways thanks to the awesome new arms. A third accessory, Jango’s helmet is a fun extra piece. It’s very soft, but it can fit on Mace if you want it too. I just need a sad little Boba figure to hold it.
Overall, I still lament that Hasbro couldn’t get the pigmentation right and I’ve seen some fans knock this figure around – it’s technically the third “good” Mace figure when people are still chomping at the bit for other characters to be made, but I’m happy with this one. The figure is reusing a great sculpt, has new, improved articulation and is just a blast to play with. And I sorta love the Clone Wars versions getting “realistic” figures. I don’t know why. Yeah, I mean, Mace Windu is probably a lock for the 6” Black Series, but if they do him there, it surely won’t be this version, so it was a safe 4” pick-up for me and it turned out to be worth it.
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