It’s no secret by now that Wave 2 of the 6-inch Star Wars Black figures started shipping last week. I’ve reviewed Greedo on Doom Kick already and I loved him but now it’s time to get to the one that really drew me to the wave, Boba Fett! Boba Fett is undoubtedly one of the more popular Star Wars characters and I would imagine that even without the need for army builders to buy him up in huge numbers he might turn out a little harder to find so I preordered mine through Big Bad Toy Store just relieve some stress of getting the guy.
The packaging is more of the same which is great in my opinion. I stated in the Greedo review that I like this style and I’ll try not to repeat myself too much here. It’s simple, elegant, and easy to open.
The figure itself is beautiful (is that something that should be said of Boba Fett?). He’s loaded down with detail and his armor looks used and lived in but not broken or dirty. There’s plenty of nicks, dings, and scrapes in Boba’s armor and it looks great on this ruthless bounty hunter.
In my Greedo review last week I mentioned the lack of accessories for that bounty hunter but this one fares much better. He comes with his blaster pistol and blaster rifle as well as his jetpack. The pistol can fit in a holster on his right leg or he can hold it and the rifle at the same time. The jetpack fits well on his back with a long post similiar to the way GI Joe backpacks work. The difference is that the post on this one is much longer and isn’t going to come back out as easy on its own. The good part about Fett’s jetpack is that unlike the Sandtrooper of Wave 1 I easily found a sweet spot where he isn’t too prone of falling backwards. I was worried I might have to pose him without the pack but he seems to stand pretty well while wearing it.
I won’t count it as a separate accessory because it isn’t removable but Boba Fett also comes with some cloth goods, namely his half cape that lays over his left shoulder. Cloth capes don’t always work right in smaller scale figures but it works out great here and adds to the figure in a great way. The Wookie braids he wears over his right shoulder are plastic and I do sort of wish they might have found a good way to make those out of cloth or rope as well but I understand it may have not held up quite as well as the cape and the plastic looks fine so I’m not going to get too picky about it.
The articulation is top notch once again. There’s a ball jointed head with tons of movement. Great shoulders, elbows, and wrists; even a bicep swivel on his right arm. The only thing I could pick apart is the elbow on his right arm looks a bit ‘weird’. It just looks like it’s a bit funky and painful. It’s a tiny nit to pick but it is there. There’s a tiny bit of an ab crunch but it works more as a swivel than the normal crunch. Below the belt he has great movement in his hips, swivel thighs, double knees and good strong ankle joints. In fact all of Boba’s articulation is nice and tight. He can hold the pose well and won’t be flopping around anytime soon.
The 6-inch Boba Fett’s overall design holds up really well even against items like the Kotobukiya ESB Fett statue (pictured on the right) and for much cheaper of a price tag.
It’s really hard to pick out a favorite among the new wave for me. It may sound unholy but I wasn’t that excited for Han in the beginning. I’ve always enjoyed the aliens and troopers of the Star Wars universe more than the humans. Having them in hand though made it an entirely different story. Boba Fett, Greedo, and Han are all excellent figures. I’m really happy where this line has gone so far and even more excited about what the future may hold. There’s some really great rumors out there of what Hasbro may have planned (Jabba!) but those are only rumors right now. I really don’t think there’s been a complete dud in the line yet. R2 may have been a little small but he’s great and loaded down with accessories. Slave Leia may end up with the worst treatment but I really like that figure too. It’s an iconic look (just go to any convention and see for yourself) and it’s an important part of Return of the Jedi.
The real fun of these figures comes from playing with them and reliving a bit of my past. Luckily for me I live next door to the house I grew up in and can take my new toys to some of them same places I took the original versions all those years ago. There’s nothing like experiencing an afternoon as a child again.
Boba Fett is a blast, as are the rest of the 6-inch Black Series figures so far. I’m sure there are still 3.75 inch die hards out there who won’t give these a chance but for those willing to have a little fun with their toys they can’t go wrong with these.