Name: Attack Cycle With General Grievous
Collection: The Clone Wars
Number: N/A (Deluxe)
Source: Expanded Universe (Hasbro Concept)*
Availability: July 2011
* The Attack Cycle is based on the design of General Grievous' Tsmeu-6 personal wheel bike from Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith
General Grievous drives an attack cycle developed for him by the Separatist Techno Union. The bike has two side-mounted blaster cannons and special supports that can hold lightsabers or MagnaGuard electrostaffs for striking down his prey while the cycle is in motion.
Hasbro is absolutely taking the Deluxe line in the right direction as evidenced by the Attack Cycle With General Grievous set. As Star Wars fans, we tend to prefer miniature versions of the larger vehicles we see in the films. If Hasbro canâ€™t bring us screenâ€“specific mini rigs, then reduced scaled vehicles are the next best thing. Sometimes it doesnâ€™t work as demonstrated by the Naboo Star Skiff With Anakin Skywalker set. Perhaps it "failed" (with collectors) because it wasnâ€™t an aggressive enough of a vehicle or maybe fans just want to see the queenâ€™s Naboo Royal Starship get a second chance at retail. Weâ€™re not exactly sure, but for some reason (or another) the scaled down wheel bike is a success on every level. It may not have the articulation youâ€™re looking for but it does bring us a few new surprises, most notably the General Grievous figure. Weâ€™ll elaborate more on him in a moment. But we think that the Deluxe line is heading is a very positive direction. We will respectfully ask Hasbro that they leave the BARC speeders alone for a while and focus on some new and exciting concepts for the time being.
Surprisingly, General Grievous is an all-new figure. Hasbro must have become frustrated with the 2010 TCW General Grievous (CW10) basic figure since his armor didnâ€™t stay on and his overly loose joints prevented him from standing up without issue. All of that has been remedied and aside from a severe lack of paint operations completing him, this is the [almost] definitive The Clone Wars General Grievous release for now. No falling off armor pieces, no awkward leaning, it's a great version of Grievous. When you compare the Deluxe figure side by side next to the basic figure you are going to realize how Hasbro has improved the figure. Ironically, improving the figure meant reducing some of the articulation. But what has been left in place is enough to make even the most stringent articulation junkies very happy. Most notably, his torso articulation has been removed. This actually was needed so he could fit into the seating of the Attack Cycle as needed. (By the way, Grievous looks amazing piloting this miniature version of his wheel bike. Weâ€™re quite impressed with the final results.) As a bonus, Grievous comes with a lightsaber and an electropole and two clips have been added to the front of the Attack Cycle (within arms length) to where you can attach these weapons for Grievousâ€™ later use of them.
Assortment Number: 29957/29960
Retail: $19.99 USD
Market Value: Click here to check the latest prices based on listings.
Status: Attack Cycle is an all-new vehicle.
Articulation Count: 4
Articulation Details: 4 rolling wheels
Accessory Count: None (vehicle can disassemble into 5 separate pieces: wheel chassis, 2 remoable cannons, 2 removable "leg" sections)
Accessory Details: None
Date Stamp: 2011
Status: General Grievous looks a lot like 2010's TCW General Grievous (CW10) figure (and may borrow a few of its basic parts) but is technically an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 13 points
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel forearms, 2 ball-socket hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 slot-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: 2
Accessory Details: electropole, lightsaber
Date Stamp: 2011
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