Saturday, 21 January 2012

New Upcoming Figures 21st January 2012

Check out my early thoughts on some new upcoming Hasbro product!
1. Aayla Secura

Aayla Secura is a straight re-pack from the previous release, with all the same accessories. Realistically, the only difference with this release is Aayla now come with all the stupid pack-ins (dice/card/stand). The 2010 release had a paint-job that wasn't entirely accurate, so some fans hoped this release would be different. The paint-job is the exact same, as these images show. Acccessories included are a jetpack, googles and a breathing thing. Same from the previous release. I already have the Aayla Secura from before, so I don't need this, and will definitely be passing on this version. Happy for those who didn't get her first time, but I didn't need to see these re-packed.
2. Obi-Wan Kenobi
Like Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan is also getting a slightly altered version this year. This figure is even more pointless than the re-done Anakin. The only real difference in the figure is a fabric skirt. This figure also has a new face-sculpt, but it's not screen-accurate any more, and is much worse than the 2011 release. Hasbro have pointlessly released a worse version of a pretty good figure from 2011, and messed it up, just like the new Anakin. Both of those waste two of only a small number of slots in the line next year. Accessories included are his lightsaber and the climbing backpack included with Even Piell. Definitely passing on this pointless junk.
3. Captain Rex -Phase II-
This time it's not a definite pass, but I might pass on this figure. I do want to buy a phase II Rex figure. If the rumours are true that Rex has a non-removable helmet, then I will pass. I also want all the amazing detail, weld markings and all, on this figure. The helmet looks good, but I'm not sure on the body yet. This figure of course uses the Jetpack Rex sculpt, just like Cody & phase II Clone. The worst sculpt of the line. Basically all that's new is the helmet. Accessories included are 2 DC-17 blaster pistols and a Z-6 rotary cannon, been a while since we've seen one of those. As I said, I might pick this up, I'll wait for reviews to officially decide. I'm also surprised we aren't seeing the propulsion pack with this figure, as this figure uses the sculpt designed to fit that stupid pack.
4. Republic Commando Boss

This is the only figure I definitely will get from this 4-figure wave. Boss is looking really good, and I've always wanted to see a animated Republic Commando figure. Hopefully the sculpt will be used to release Sev, Fixer & Scorch in a battle pack later. Accessories included are 2 DC-17 blaster pistol, Republic Commando blaster, mini rope & body thing. The last one is quite dark, because Hasbro don't like to release dark accessories, and this could be described as dark. I can't wait to get this figure, purchasing Boss like a boss :P

Out of these 4 figure, here is my rating so far:
Aayla Secura: 9/10
Obi-Wan Kenobi 7/10
Captain Rex -Phase II- 6/10 (could change)
Republic Commando Boss 8/10

Another basic figure was revealed, from the Fall wave:
Ahsoka Tano -Scuba Gear-

This is definitely a figure I interested in picking up. The sculpting so far is looking great, especially on the body. The face-sculpt is off though, much like the 2008/2009 versions. I hope this is temporary, I'd hoped they would just re-use the CW44 face-sculpt of Ahsoka's, that's the only good one so far. The face-sculpt is my one flaw with the actual figure so far. Accessories included are scuba helmet, something that looks like binoculars, and a re-paint of the lightsaber launcher included with Anakin, which is absolute junk. I really look forward to the release of this figure, much better than having a Scuba Anakin.

Ahsoka Tano -Scuba Gear): 8/10 (could change)

And lastly, two mini-rig's:
1. Attack Recon Fighter with Anakin Skywalker
First thing I have to say. Why are we getting this crap when the carded Anakin is going to pegwarm like mad, so this is completely uneccessary. This pack would have been a great way to release a new Jedi like Adi Gallia. The fighter, I'm not to bothered about it. The idea/design behind it is pretty lame in my opinion, as it's really the Republic Attack Shuttle cockpit with weapons. I don't plan to pick this up. If the Anakin was new, like scuba or slaver, I might have tried to get the Anakin loose, but no. What a waste of a mini-rig slot.
2. Republic Assault Submarine with Scuba Clone Trooper
This mini-rig on the other hand, is BEAST! I must have this mini-rig pack. The submarine looks really cool, and I like these pack's much more when both figure and vehicle are both from the actual episode, and not made up junk. The Scuba Clone looks really cool. What's weird though, is that out of 3 designs in the episodes (Green/Plain/ Monnk) they went with none of those and Hasbro invented their own markings for him. Interesting, but I would have preferred if it was the green one. I must admit, I had a fanboy moment when I saw the 2 Scuba guns over at the left side. The inclusion of the breathing mask as an accessory is cool. I definitely will buy this.

Recon Fighter/Anakin: 5/10
Republic Submarine/Scuba Clone: 9/10 

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