Dooku (Holographic Transmission)
Collection: The Legacy Collection
Number: BD 21
Source: Clone Wars (Volume 1: Chapter 16)
Availability: October 2008
The former Jedi is in league with the Trade Federation and cyborg General Grievous to propel his galaxy-wide revolt. Dooku communicates with his allies via a hologram transmission to coordinate the next steps in his quest to overthrow the Republic.
Looking more like an Ice Blue Halls cough drop than a toy, Count Dooku (Holographic Transmission), based on his brief but powerful (and intangible) appearance from Volume 1: Chapter 16 in the original Tartakovsky Clone Wars, is not much more than a WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) action figure. And by this we mean he is good. He is super-articulated, thanks to his ancestor from 2005's ROTS The Sith Evolutions mold from which he was cast. But what’s a little more peculiar and perhaps a bit more interesting is that Hasbro took the cape from the figure in the 2003 SW Screen Scenes three pack, cast it in blue, and stuck it on this one. They gave him a "holographic" soft-goods skirt, so why not the same for his cape? The sparkling blue soft-goods skirt glitters and shines when the appropriate light is cast on it and we would have loved to see this vibrant effect on the cape. Despite this, all of the pieces work well together and we’re very impressed that this specific holographic figure stands out from all the previous ones we have received. Hasbro first attempted the glittery soft-goods on 2007’s TAC Anakin Skywalker’s Spirit (30 45) figure which succeeded in translating a ghost-effect pretty well, and the same is true for this figure, even though the medium is a hologram and not a spirit. The color matches the plastic parts pretty well and we certainly could have been treated to much worse. He is outfitted with his signature lightsaber (but also cast in the holographic blue hue) and that’s about it. He is what he is and this should be just enough for many collectors.
Holographic figures are the obligatory candidates for repack and repaint waves. If you recall, we have already received plenty of ice blue action figures including 2007's TAC Darth Vader (30 48), 2006's TSC Holographic Obi-Wan Kenobi (SAGA 063), 2006's TSC Holographic Clone Commander Cody (SAGA 056), 2005's ROTS Aayla Secura (III 67), and 2005's ROTS Plo Koon (III 66). And there are many more. These figure styles have also been used to round out and padding new waves of figures and some of these examples include 2006's TSC Holographic Ki-Adi-Mundi (SAGA 027) and 2006's TSC Holographic Darth Maul (SAGA 048). The lists go on and on. There seems to be on overwhelmingly indiscriminant and noncommittal opinion by collectors about these figures, but we will step up to the plate and iterate that we like getting periodic holographic versions of our favorite characters. We do not foresee this trend ever discontinuing, at least that is what we hope. They serve their purpose and are nice stand out figures in the various wave ratios. We do find fault in one aspect of the figure. The only way that this figure suffers is from too much articulation. “Blasphemy!” you cry? Well, because he is see-through, the joints are too easy to see and detract from the overall smooth aesthetic the figure should have. This is where utilizing old mold will benefits new figures better than the newer sculpts. For a tangible (real-life) incarnation of a figure, of course we would hope Hasbro would use the most articulated version possible, but when they do novelty figures like this, we hope that they rethink the best way to make this type of figure most authentic. (And the way to do this is to use a figure with not so many articulation points.)
Status: Count Dooku (Holographic Transmission is a rework of the Count Dooku figure in 2005's ROTS The Sith Evolutions set. The cape is a reworked version of the cape from from 2003's SW Geonosian War Room (1 of 2) Screen Scenes set. The figure, cape and lightsaber have now been cast in blue transluscent plastic.
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: 2
Accessory Details: lightsaber, cape
Original Droid Factory/Build A Droid Part: 5D6-RA7 right arm
Date Stamp: 2005
Assortment Number: 89605/87535
Retail: $7.99 USD
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Legacy Collection Wave 3
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