Name: Speeder Bike With Castas
Collection: The Clone Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side]
Source: The Clone Wars (Season 2 Episode 21: R2 Come Home)
Availability: July 2011
Castas pilots a speeder bike to hunt down his prey. The speeder bike is fast and lightweight, a suitable vehicle for hunters to chase anyone fleeing from capture. Bounty hunters like Castas prefer these bikes for their front-mounted blasters and hidden side blasters.
Hasbro has reinvigorated the so-called “Deluxe” line by creating new packaging, upgrading the articulation of the pack-in figures and giving us all-new sculpts. In fact, this line is already being called no less than four new names as they begin to hit shelves in July 2011. Class I (apparently the official designation of this line now), Rapid Strike and the other unofficial "Mini-Rigs" names can all be used interchangeably to describe this popular line. Collectors of The Clone Wars line have a lot to look forward to because the new sets are already foreshadowing the direction Hasbro is taking this line. There are some episode-specific sets in the first wave, but many can be referred to as those “just off screen” miniature vehicles that are created to satisfy the need for a small vehicle assortment to accompany the basic figure line. What’s nice here however is that the miniature vehicles come with their own action figures. The line is getting richer and richer as they introduce all-new miniature vehicles into this assortment, and what's even better is the inclusion of exclusive and well-articulated action figures to accompmany the vehicles. Take for instance the Speeder Bike With Castas set. Not only do we get a pretty awesome take on a speeder bike, collectors can now add the magnificent Klatooinian Castas to their bounty hunter collection, something that most of us want to build up like there is no tomorrow. These characters are awesome and Hasbro is doing a magnificent job on all of them. He is designed so well and has a hulking presence as well as a very large stature. More on him in a moment.
The new and improved slim line look of the Deluxe/Class I line packaging is quite impressive. There is a lot less empty space inside the packaging when compared to the trapezoidal styled shape of the previous design and Hasbro seems to be under some pressure to make all the necessary parts fit inside beautifully and seamlessly, which they do effortlessly by the way. The Galactic Battle Game card has its own holding place but in all of our samples it has become damaged from the tight plastic band holding it in place. (Come on Hasbro, it’s only cardboard!) But in all honesty, we're quite taken with the slimline appearance of the packaging now. To be honest, the Deluxe/Class I line is all about the toy inside and the Speeder Bike With Castas set should really thrill lovers of The Clone Wars and bounty hunters in general! Castas is so cool! He comes with an impressive 20 points of articulation including the premium ball-jointed hips and he has awesome full range ball-jointed shoulders and elbows. He can sit atop his speeder without issue thanks to a “third” kickstand. It locks the center of gravity into place and it is needed since Castas is so heavy. We didn't notice this feature immediately and was thoroughly impressed once we discovered it. It appears small fo rthis extra large bounty hunter, yet Castas interacts with it perfectly. Hopefully Hasbro will keep this up with future releases. We're also impressed that Hasbro has been excellent at keeping unique figures that are included in these Deluxe/Class I sets pretty much exclusive to them. We believe they are going to make sure this is the case for Castas. They’ll sell more if they do this.
Assortment Number: 29956/29960
Retail: $19.99 USD
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Status: Speeder Bike is an all-new vehicle.
Features Count: 4
Feature Details: retractable third leg landing gear, swivel pedals (one piece), 2 swivel handlebars
Accessory Count: None
Accessory Details: None
Date Stamp: 2011
Status: Castas is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 20 points (12 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: ball-socket head (inhibited movement) (1), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), ball-jointed left elbow (2), ball-jointed right elbow (2), swivel left wrist (1), swivel right wrist (1), swivel waist (1), ball-jointed left hip (2), ball-jointed right hip (2), ball-jointed left knee (2), ball-jointed right knee (2)
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: blaster pistol
Date Stamp: 2011
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