“ Manufacturer: Hasbro / Age: 4 Years+ „
As if the conventional Hasbro action figure range was not enough, here is another idea for a Christmas present for fans of of the films, an action figure battlepack. Basically, it is an excuse to make more money, by producing four familiar figures, on a smaller scale and rebranding it. The pack sounds pretty exciting and comprises Darth Vader, Imperial Commander, Princess Leia and Captain Raymus Antilles figures. The Imperial Commander could be any of the assortment of commanders who pop up in the film.
Each figure has been sculptured to try and capture the raw emotion of the character. Leia's pose is heroic and she looks ready for action in a dramatic flourishing position. Her white robes look sleek and sensual and her hair and face have been articulated well.
Darth Vader is probably the best of the four, striking a macho pose with hands aloft, ready to take on the rebels. He looks mean and moody and there is surprisingly good detail on his torso and neck area. His cape hangs with pride and shadows him in an evil residue of darkness. Vader could have been improved by looking a little beefier I feel though.
Captain Antilles has been made very well too, with pleasing attention to detail on his helmet and jacket. You can literally picture the scene where he has to defend his rebel cruiser. His pose is less heroic, but a little more guarded. His colours are true to form and he is shaped well.
The final chap is the commander, who is less interesting colourwise, but very accurate, with a stony looking face and a raised arm ready to do battle with the enemy. His belt has been detailed well and this enhances an otherwise bland toy.
The figures do not move, but are more display pieces. For ten pounds they are reasonable, but not an essential purchase.