Saturday, June 29, 2019

Jango all the way!



Today, I'm going to talk about a nearly 20 year old action figure from Star Wars: Attack of the Clones.


Jango Fett was introduced in Attack of the Clones, having been tasked with the assassination of Queen Amidala, as well as being the template for the secret clone army being built by the Republic.  Oh, and he's also the "father" of Boba Fett, the original trilogy's most effective and popular bounty hunter. It sounds like Jango is quite the multi-tasker. Unlike his son, Jango actually saw enough screen time to do some bad ass stuff, including holding his own against Obi-Wan Kenobi in a rather amazing duel. He'd eventually lose his head to another Jedi before the end of the flick, but he still looked good doing it. At least he wasn't accidentally knocked off a sail barge into the toothy maw of a giant living stomach by a half-blind, scruffy looking smuggler.

And, like any other character in a Star Wars movie that was onscreen for more than a few seconds, Jango Fett has had a couple dozen action figures made of him. I think they could have stopped with this one, because it's easily my favorite and, dare I say, the best Star Wars action figure ever made.



I know what you're thinking. "The Stunt Zombie has lost his ever loving mind! Did he bump his head or something?" You'd likely be correct in both regards. At some point, I'm sure I've lost my mind, and I have hit my head quite a lot over the years. Too many times to count, really. But, I will stand by my statement about Jango. 




I've defended the modern and vintage 5 POA (or 6 POA in the case of the POTF2 toys) figures in the past, because I actually like their simplicity. But, much like I've come around to actually enjoying the movies in the prequel trilogy, I'm starting to appreciate these toys with their action poses. It allows me to enjoy the simplicity of a lesser articulated toy, while still allowing it to look dynamic. And sure, those new hyper articulated Black Series figures look great in photos posted to Instagram and popular toy blogs, but there's no way in Hell I'd give one to 8 year old me to play with.

I'll admit, I used to hate the early 90's trend of making action figures slightly articulated statues, but it actually works here for Jango. A little twist of the arms, and a slight turn of the head and waist can completely change the dynamic of the pose. He doesn't have over a dozen points of articulation like a Black Series figure, but what he does have works just fine. Jango's also loaded with accessories. He comes with two blasters, spring loaded missile launcher in his jet pack, a missile to launch out of that jetpack, a non-firing missile to stick in the top of the jetpack, a removable helmet,  and a grappling hook. And looking at that mug up there, Jango also comes with scars and a perpetual 5 o'clock shadow. Ooh, so rugged and sexy!


The grappling hook actually works, in that you can hang Jango from all kinds of different objects, and make it look like he's narrowly saved himself after getting knocked off a platform by one of those pesky Jedi. There's just a regular piece of string tied to one end of the grappling hook, so if you wanted to make it a bit longer, it would be easy to substitute a longer piece of cordage. In theory, you could have Jango Fett grabbing stuff from across the room, or zooming down the stairs at high speed. Or, in the name of efficiency, he could wrap up a bunch of targets all at once, raking in those big bounty bucks. 


I always see collectors complaining about figures that can't hold all their accessories at once. Well, Jango here doesn't have that problem either. When he isn't running around guns akimbo, his fancy blaster pistols fit snugly into the holsters on his hips. Since not all situations call for launching the missile from his jetpack, Jango can actually wield it as a weapon. I like to pretend it's a vibro-staff, or whatever they call their space sticks in the Star Wars universe. Or, maybe Jango doesn't mind using explosives for hand to hand combat. He's wearing armor so, I'm sure he'll be fine.


So, that's a spotlight on my current favorite Star Wars figure of all time. It's possible it might change, but for now Jango Fett (Kamino Escape) is my top dog. Do you have a favorite Star Wars figure, one that will always have a place on your shelf, or in your toy box? Tell me about it in the comments!

4 comments:

  1. I have to agree with you on the Black Series figs.Yes ,they are pretty articulated and look great ,but It's those POTF type figures that put the "PLAYA" in playabiltiy ;) I recently put my Vintage Collection and 3 3/4 Black Series figs on display and I'm constantly worrying about small accessories falling off and getting lost.Also , their point of balance kind of sucks.I'm still a sucker for a highly articulated figure ,though.

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    1. I'm not sure how many folks would agree with me, but I don't know that I even consider the Black series figures toys anymore. I look at them as highly articulated collectibles. The same goes for the Marvel Legends and DC Universe figures. They look great, but I'm not confident enough in their ability to stay together to give them to a younger child to play with.

      Man, if nothing else, you'd think they could include stands with figures these days. I'm always looking in my cabinet and seeing figures that have fallen over because someone sneezed outside.

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  2. I agree that a toy should at minimum be a goddamned toy. Look cool, do cool shit, whatever, but if you fail at that one damn job then stop calling yourself a TOY!

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    1. I think the third requirement should be, "Don't break coming out of the package".

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