Name: Speeder Bike With Castas
Collection: The Clone Wars
Number: N/A (Deluxe)
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 â€śDeluxeâ€ť 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 1, Rapid Strike and the 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 â€śjust off screenâ€ť miniature vehicles that are created to satisfy the need for a small vehicle assortment to accompany the basic figure line. Whatâ€™s nice here however is that the miniature vehicles come with their own action figures. 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. 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 line is quite impressive. There is a lot less empty space inside the packaging and Hasbro seems to be under some pressure to make all the necessary parts fit inside beautifully, which they do effortlessly by the way. The 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, itâ€™s only cardboard!) But to be honest, the Deluxe line is all about the toy inside and the Speeder Bike and Castas set should really thrill lovers of The Clone Wars and bounty hunters in general! Castas is so cool! He comes with 12 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 â€śthirdâ€ť kickstand. It locks the center of gravity into place and it is needed since Castas is so heavy. (We noticed this feature after our photography completed so we canâ€™t provide a good image of this third leg for you just yet.... sincerest apologies. Hopefully we can provide an update down the road soon.) Hasbro has been good keeping unique figures that are included in these Deluxe sets exclusive to them. We believe they are going to make sure this is the case for Castas. Theyâ€™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.
Articulation Count: 4
Articulation 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: 12 points
Articulation Details: ball-socket head (inhibited movement), 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel wrists, swivel waist, 2 ball-jointed hips, 2 ball-jointed knees
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: blaster pistol
Date Stamp: 2011
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