I loathe the hate on the prequels. It’s what all the ‘cool kids’ do so it’s expected. The hate on Attack of the Clones has always come across real silly to me. This is the film that gave us Christopher Lee’s Count Dooku and Boba Fett’s daddy Jango Fett. I was thrilled that Jango made the cut for SH Figuarts’ Star Wars line.
I’ve gotten a little frustrated with the more exclusive nature of the prequel figures, but wanted to finally tackle Dooku’s right hand man. At least I’ve got someone for my Figuarts Mace Windu and Obi Wan to battle.
Packaging: The Figuarts packaging scheme is pretty simple and doesn’t do the best job of showcasing the figure. The gold text makes it hard to get a clear view. For MOC collectors, this is probably one of the least attractive package set ups.
The side panel features a nice shot of the figure and the back breaks down all the accessories. For all the figures I buy with multiple languages on the card, it’d be nice to have English somewhere.
Likeness: This figure looks like it flew right out of the screen. The detailing on the Mandalorian armor is terrific. Getting all the panels to flow smoothly on a figure is trickier than it would seem on first glance, but it lines up nicely.
I really like how the helmet turned out. Not only are the details sculpted on, but it’s scaled properly for a head to fit into it.
Figuarts didn’t quite nail the pouches. The lift is lower than the film version giving the impression that they’re just brown blocks along his belt. I like the execution of the wiring. They’re made of a soft bendable plastic that doesn’t restrict articulation. The right ones come out to switch the razor attachment on the gauntlet.
Scale: This is a little hard to gauge since most of the time he was in full armor, Jango was done in CGI and that scale is tricky to determine. Based on the unarmored confrontation with Obi-Wan, Jango is a bit shorter and the helmet would make up for that height so the figure seems properly scaled.
Paint: Maybe the only possible way to improve on Boba Fett’s design would be to give it a blue and silver color scheme. Figuarts got the right kind of paint for the metallic, armored portions of the costume. The dull blue for the flight suit looks screen accurate and the helmet’s lighter shade of blue creates a nice pop.
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Articulation: I’d read reports about Jango having an annoyingly loose torso, which dramatically affected the articulation and ability to hold poses. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case with mine. There wasn’t a screen pose I couldn’t duplicate (barring a flight stand).
The joint movement was so excellent I didn’t have the usual restrictions in getting the pose down properly. Looks like I need to invest in a Bandai figure stand. My only minor issue was the left arm would pop out when I didn’t move the joint properly. It plugged right back into the peg so it wasn’t a big deal.
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knee (double-jointed)
Accessories: Jango comes with just about every accessory you’d expect with one major omission. The signature dual blasters, razor attachments for the right gauntlet, grapple hook and jet pack.
Additionally he comes with three extra set of hands — a blaster gripping, open hand, fists and pointing index finger. These swap out so much easier than Hot Toys hands that I almost felt spoiled.
Figuarts went with an interesting setup for the holsters, which I like as it prevents the pistols from falling out. There’s two sets of pistols — one that’s the regular length and the second set plugs into the holsters. Sure it’s extra pieces, but I like the option and you can still accomplish that reaching for the gun pose.
Easily the biggest oversight is the unmasked head sculpt for the Slave-1 pilot look. That’s a little confusing since Figuarts tends to toss in alternate heads with minimal expression changes. This was a significant and useful other head that they weirdly skipped.
If you want to simulate Jango’s death scene, you can even pop the head off. I didn’t try and remove the peg, but that could also be possible.
Worth it? Chalk it up to prequel hate, but you can get Jango for a really great price of $28. That’s about $20 less than the average figure so that’s a really good deal.
Rating: 9 out of 10
After all the complaints, I was surprised how much I liked this figure. All it really needed was the extra head to be the definitive 6-inch Jango figure.
Where to get it? Maybe you can find a better deal on eBay, but I’d recommend Amazon.com on this one.