Titanium Die-Cast Boba Fett
Review by JoshB
When Hasbro first introduced their Titanium line of die cast vehicles, I thought it was a very cool idea. But then when they decided to branch out into figures… well, I was a little cautious. However Fate landed a few figures on my desk, and they are actually not too bad. They have their plusses and minuses. Let’s go over them.
We all know he is one of the coolest characters in the Star Wars universe. Boba Fett has always been shrouded in mystery, and it wasn’t until the prequel trilogy that we began to find out a little about the man who would become the most feared bounty hunter in the galaxy. Boba Fett was a young clone of Jango Fett, a bounty hunter whose DNA was used to make an army of Clones for the Republic. Eventually, the Republic would become the Empire, and the Clone Troopers would become Stormtroopers. Now that we knew Jango, Boba, and all the troopers looked the same and sounded the same. We could make assumptions about what Boba Fett looked like under his helmet, but we never knew for sure… Until now.
The Titanium Boba Fett’s most interesting feature is not the metal construction, but that his helmet is removable, making it the first time we get to see Boba Fett’s face. It should come as no surprise that he looks just like Jango Fett, only with a little more scarring. I always thought Boba Fett was a severely scarred monstrosity (as alluded to in some of the novels and comics), so I found this a little disappointing.
However, this is still a very cool toy, and a neat concept.
Titanium Boba Fett comes in a large plastic bubble with a cardboard backer. Once removed, Boba Fett is encased in a plastic display container. The base of the container has the figure’s name on it, and the clear cover also has the logo embossed on the top. You can remove the clear dome by unscrewing two screws on the bottom with a small Phillips head screwdriver. Once this clear dome is removed, you have access to Boba Fett, however he is still attached to the base. You must remove an additional two screws from the bottom to free his feet.
Boba Fett comes with a rifle that is held in his hands with clear rubber bands. The Rifle is also made of metal. Removing these rubber bands may not be the best idea, but I will tell you why later.
Boba’s helmet is made of metal, but his head is made of plastic. Between the two is a small black plastic cap, molded to the shape of Boba’s head. This cap prevents the helmet from scratching up the face, and it also servers another purpose – SO DON’T LOSE IT.
The figure has a surprising amount of articulation – It has joints in the neck, elbows, wrists and waist. The legs are fixed pose. The paint is not bad, but I think it is a bit washed out – maybe a more opaque paint would have been better. All in all, it’s a decent sculpt, and a nice figure.
What’s not to like?
There are a few things that disappointed me about Boba Fett. For one, all those screws are a real pain in the ass. I know Hasbro needs to close everything securely, but it would be nice if things snapped into place instead.
If you remove the rubber bands holding the gun, the gun falls out of his hands easily. The same goes for the helmet – if you lose that black cap, the helmet falls off. Then you go to re-screw everything back together, and parts fall off, only to rattle around the base of the figure.
I also think that Hasbro could have gone a little further and made the legs articulated. This would have been a really cool toy to play with, and really durable, but it’s fixed pose makes it more of a statue.
Still, the figure is cool enough. I like it despite its flaws.
|Posted 22 August, 2006 - 15:16 by JoshB|