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Wooof - TVC - Basic (VC24)

Name: Wooof [Klaatu]
Collection: The Vintage Collection
Number: VC24
Source: Return Of The Jedi
Availability: November 2010
License: Hasbro

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Hasbro sure loved making us wait to get the vintage Klaatu in the basic figure line. 27 years is a very long time to wait for an updated action figure and we can’t figure out how this character missed Hasbro’s radar all of these years. Actually, they originally (and incorrectly) announced that he was indeed part of the 2009 Legacy Collection basic figure line but quickly recounted it as they accidentally confused Giran for him. And it’s almost moot bringing this up because Klaatu (now known as Wooof) has joyously entered the basic figure line in 2010 as part of an incredible wave of figures celebrating Return Of The Jedi. It is a figure that unequivocally equals the flawless design of Giran, yet perhaps more desired thanks to its membership in the original 1983 Return Of The Jedi vintage line. One of the most important goals for long term collectors (as well as Hasbro) is to complete all of the original vintage figures and we are getting closer than we ever have, especially in the last few years, thank to a new refocused mission by Hasbro. We couldn’t be happier that so many of the vintage figures are either being updated or made for the first time since the line really picked up momentum in the articulation department where it started changing for the better in 2006. But even in the few recent years right before The Vintage Collection was born, figures have achieved a whole new improved level that is just wowing collectors in ways never before achieved. Action figure making is essentially where it needs to be now and it truly isn’t a better time to be a Star Wars action figure collector! Still, there will be some who will find fault with anything. But if you find fault with Wooof, well, that would be a crime!

Wooof is another collector’s dream. It brings everything to the table that Giran did, yet goes maybe a step or two beyond. An all-new figure, (yes, even including an all-new head), Wooof offers collectors a new (but familiar) perspective on another green Nikto. Hasbro has not been shy with trying out new soft-goods formats and with Wooof, we get another “first time” fabric utilized for his skirt. Looking a little bit like cowhide, the extremely soft skirt has a beautiful and natural drape and is thick looking and fuzzy without being overbearing. Wooof is superbly sculpted as well. The leg wrappings look absolutely amazing and have been designed so well that the articulated knees remain hidden until you decide to pose them. He doesn’t have some crazy widespread stance and he can be posed very naturally to make your Jabba’s palace dioramas better than they’ve ever been! The same is true for his elbow joints. A lot like Giran, Wooof has a lot more articulation than is immediately seen with the eye. It will require you to play with this figure just to appreciate how much thought went into making this action figure as great as he is. Like so many of the other recent figures in the line, Giran also has a separately sculpted bandolier that fits ever so perfectly around his torso. And the paint job he received, while a little clean and bright, it truly gorgeous. In our own assessment, we think Wooof’s skin color is a little too bright green for our liking. We would have preferred to see a skin color more similar to Giran’s used instead. But there just aren’t enough reference materials available to us to confirm if Hasbro nailed the correct shade of green on him or just “guesstimated”.

Wooof has a loose fitting head covering/helmet on his head. It doesn ’t fit like a glove, but you’ll have little to worry about to get it to stay in place. It seems as if Hasbro wanted collectors to have some extra flexibility for display purposes perhaps, but it’s quite impressive how well it stays even though it appears like it isn’t at all. Hasbro has designed an all-new force pike for Wooof that is not only incredibly detailed and well made, but Hasbro has utilized a very strong plastic that will ensure this accessory keeps its shape! (Thank the Maker!) The same is true for Wooof’s skiff guard blaster . Interestingly, both accessories are colored bronze and have silver details. It’s slightly startling to see this color used for these weapons, but upon further research, we see why Hasbro decided to take this bold direction with them. The long and short of it is that this figure shines from head to toe and is accessorized perfectly. And it knocks another “vintage” figure off of our wish lists! What more could you possibly want? Wooof is another highlight in The Vintage Collection. We are crossing our fingers that Hasbro continues to delve in the various Jabba’s palace scenes in Return Of The Jedi and continue to deliver more of this vile retinue. We do understand Hasbro’s reluctance to call this figure Klaatu, but we have to admit that we were ever so slightly saddened by this choice. If Hasbro decides to rerelease Yak Face or when Walrus Man is due to come next in the line, will they be called Saelt Marae and Ponda Boba respectively on their card backs? We just think this may be the case. And we’re torn about it. But as long as we get them, that’s all that really matters for us!

Collector Notes

Wooof

Status: Wooof is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 14 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, 2 ball-jointed ankles

Accessory Count: 4

Accessory Details: removable helmet, removable bandolier, blaster, electro staff

Date Stamp: 2010

Assortment Number: 21485/97568

UPC: 653569528616

Retail: $7.99 USD

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Wooof

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The Vintage Collection Wave 3.5
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Added: November 21, 2010
Category: Vintage Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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