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Jango Fett

SWII: Attack of the Clones
by yo go re

Some parents are just naturally more interesting than their kids.

In the final years of the Republic, Jango Fett was regarded as the best bounty hunter in the galaxy. Fett is covered in a sleek armored suit that conceals his scarred face.

He is? I mean, it does? Sure, Jango in the movies had a few little scars, evidence of the rough life he's led, but I wouldn't say "a scarred face" is his defining trait. We're not talking about Snake-Eyes, Doctor Doom, V or Ferro Lad, here - Jango is a perfectly normal-lookin' dude.

He's also a complete badass. Here's a normal human without any kind of abilities or enhancements, and yet he manages to stand up to two of the best fighters the Jedi have to offer? No wonder he was chosen to be the genetic template for the entire clone army!

Jango is wearing his blue and silver Mandalorian armor - he's not an actual Mandalorian, he was just adopted by them and trained in their ways, but he still gets to wear the suit. The armor plates on his chest and shoulders are the same his son Boba would eventually make famous, though they're not the same sculpt as that toy: the gaps between the plates are wider, and he doesn't have as many dings and dents molded in. Also, it turns out that Boba was only ever wearing an incomplete set, because Jango's also features armor on the thighs, knees, shins, and on top of the feet. While his gauntlet weapons are pretty much the same as Boba's, they're also new sculpts, to reflect the minor changes in the costume and props.

This figure also has what the Boba Fett figure should have had: a removable helmet. Honestly, that should have been a no-brainer from the beginning (though the viewfinder/antenna still doesn't move)! The likeness of Temuera Morrison is okay, but his eyebrows are painted on too high; to really make him look right, you'll need to give him a touch-up.

Speaking of the paint, I thought at first that a mistake had been made in production: rather than matching the rest of his jumpsuit, Jango's chest is a darker shade of blue; but that's not wrong, it's just me being dumb. If you look at the older figures (for instance, the Vintage Collection one), you'll see that they often have a differently colored chest. The implication is that the armor is on a vest he wears over his suit, which, if you look at the movie costume, is exactly right. It should probably be closer to grey than dark blue, but it still shows a decent attention to detail.

Beyond the removable helmet (yay!), Jango's only accessories are his jetpack and his two blasters. Is there really anything else they could have given him, though? A pack-in tween Boba? His poncho? A big plume of fire for his flamethrower? A poisonous dart? There's not much he uses in the film. His guns fit into the holsters on his legs, and the holsters themselves are a molded piece of his pouchy brown belt.

Since the belt and holsters are molded from PVC, they don't get in the way of his hip articulation very much. He has swivel/hinge ankles, double-hinged knees, swivel thighs, balljointed hips, balljointed torso, swivel/hinge wrists and elbows, swivel biceps, swivel/hinge shoulders, a hinged neck and a balljointed head. As with Boba, there are hoses that run over the elbows and thus limit the range a bit, but the additional swivel in the bicep is meant to help deal with that. Even with all these limitations - belts and hoses - you can still come up with lots of nice poses for him.

Jango came out along with Stormtrooper Finn, and I just picked him up on a whim out of excitement at seeing something that wasn't Constable Zuvio or Jakku Finn. But it turns out he's really fun, and now I need an Obi-Wan or a Mace Windu for him to fight.

-- 05/16/16

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