Name: Clegg Holdfast
Collection: Legacy Collection
Source: The Phantom Menace
Availability: September 2009
Clegg Holdfast is one of the Podracers in the Boonta Eve Classic. Clegg is a journalist for the Podracing Quarterly and enters the races to better cover his stories. His engines are destroyed during the race and he crashes in the desert.
Was anything longer and more torturous to watch than the entire podrace sequence in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace? We apologize in advance if you are a fan of this very long scene, but we found it a bit much to bear. Hasbro certainly has not given it all the attention they could have over the years, as we only randomly get a few podracing pilots every few years. Apparently the first wave of the Legacy Collection was the appropriate time to release another one. Clegg Holdfast was Hasbro's choice pilot to help in the celebration of the 10th anniversary of Episode I and we are a bit surprised by it. Fans have been clamoring for years for Hasbro to release Ben Quadinaros. (Editor's Note: Ben Quadinaros & Otoga-222 saw release in The Vintage Collection.) Unfortunately, Hasbro has ignored our pleas (even despite his frequent appearance in Fans' Choice polls) and decided to go with a less popular podracing candidate. Clegg Holdfast certainly checks off another character off of our Boonta Eve Classic stunt-performer lists, but it leaves you feeling a little bit empty inside. He is not much of a figure and is a little light for his basic figure price tag. Originally intended to be a two-pack, Hasbro nixed figure #2 for, you guessed it, costing issues. Thankfully, he comes well-designed with a remarkable and very well-hidden 12 points of articulation and this generous motion was certainly not necessary for a figure with such small stature and someone who essentially sits.
Clegg Holdfast isn't painted that well. At first, you are led to believe that he has a Sy Snootles like pattern on his skin, but then you realize the spots continue onto his clothing and armor. In fact, it is very difficult to see where his outfit ends and flesh begins. He is colored without nearly enough contrast required to make this clear. The silver spots around his collar look great, but the speckles juts throw us for a loop. He looks a little cleaner in the film stills we don't understand what Hasbro intended these spots to be. Are they rocks, disintegrated podracers, dust, disintegrated podracer pilot? Ugh! We don't know, but it is very distracting. His chest and thigh armor are sculpted very nicely in a bronze color and his finer details like hands and feet are too very well done. He comes with a blaster pistol and removable goggles that are a very burdensome chore to get over his head. We were futzing with it so long that we were to the past point of losing patience. You know, to the point of starting to think of not so nice words. While it is evident that Hasbro worked hard to create a very nice sculpt, it fails in paint application. Unfortunately, it is the paint application that can make or break a figure's final status. This is nothing new to collectors, but we must iterate how the paint operations tremendously fail this pretty great sculpt.
Status: Clegg Holdfast is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 12 points
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel wrists, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees
Accessory Count: 2
Accessory Details: blaster pistol, goggles
Original Droid Factory/Build A Droid Part: L8-L9 right leg
Date Stamp: 2009
Assortment Number: 92963/87535
Retail: $7.99 USD
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