Thomas infiltrates the Separatist Alliance for a rendezvous with Count Dooku – the latest action figure release from Tamashii Nations’ S.H Figuarts collection…
S.H. Figuarts is releasing less and less Star Wars figures, the schedule for this year so far is Obi-Wan Kenobi (February), Count Dooku (April), Yoda (August), Boba Fett (September). That’s actually not a lot compared to what we had gotten the other years and two of these figures are actually web premium exclusives – Dooku and Yoda. Fans are actually getting frustrated by the lack of Star Wars figures from Figuarts all the more since they have shown dozens of figures at the different comic-cons over the years. And let’s not even mention the drop of quality especially with Anakin and Obi-Wan. So can Count Dooku save the decadent S.H. Figuarts Star Wars line? Let’s take a look!
Unfortunately, the answer is a mixed one. Let’s start with the negative side. The cape is the most awful cape SHF has ever done. It’s two pieces of fabric badly stitched together. Although the colors are correct and the use of fabric is appreciated the cape itself is a real failure. I can’t believe they actually thought this was good!
Next is the horrible paint app of the tunic, it’s a bright brown which is not the color of Dooku’s tunic. Basically, the entire outfit at the exception of the boots is painted in bright brown. Only the belt should have been bright brown, the rest should have been dark brown.
Now, let’s move on to the positive side. The head sculpts are truly impressive and have an incredible Christopher Lee likeness. These are two different facial expressions, they are expressions you can definitely see on Lee’s face in the Star Wars movies.
Dooku comes with 8 interchangeable hands (including 2 with lightning effects), 2 interchangeable heads, 1 lightsaber hilt that can be attached to the belt and 1 lightsaber with the blade. The figure has 19 points of articulation.
Awful cape, inaccurate paint apps, despite the impressive head sculpt, S.H. Figuarts is still having problems with their Star Wars line. They have fixed their problems of face sculpts only to replace it with another issue. They are going to have to step up their game for their next releases because I can’t justify a $50 expense for a not-so-bad/not-so-good figure while Hasbro is doing $19 figures that are excellent.
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