Name: Ben Quadinaros & Otoga-222
Collection: The Vintage Collection
Source: The Phantom Menace
Availability: January 2012
If you peruse our Research Droids Reviews with any regularity, you probably are aware of the trend (that for reasons unknown) we despise pretty much anything tied to the Boonta Eve Classic podrace sequence in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. We probably couldn’t give you the specifics on why it’s such a torturous section of the film for us, but between the silly-looking aliens and the endless looping of the race course, it’s just something we deem that should have been heavily chopped down in the editing room in our opinion. (Seriously, we get a severely abridged Battle of Kashyyyk sequence in Episode III, but the Episode I podrace scenes go on and on and on without relief?) The aliens that drive (fly?) the podracers tend to be ridiculous looking while some of the others look cool. But overall we feel it is a very overdone/overproduced scene and it didn’t deliver the way it should have. We’d even go so far as to say that it may have a subliminal effect on Star Wars fans to add some extra disdain towards Episode I even though on the surface it’s one of the most action-packed scenes from the film. As has been Hasbro’s practice for years, they’ve faithfully thrown in a new podracer into the basic figure line for years. Now, The Vintage Collection brings us two all-new podracers for the first time, one of which has a history of being a chronic Fans’ Choice Poll candidate since 2000. Since technology has caught up with action figure design, we have instantly grown fond of the Ben Quadinaros & Otoga-222 two-pack and while we still haven’t warmed up to podracing, we do have to say that Ben and company are very enjoyable as action figures. In fact, Ben Quadinaros ranks pretty high as one of the better figures from The Phantom Menace wave.
Ben Quadinaros is an all-new figure. He obviously gets his name from the quadrilateral shape of his head. Granted, this figure is so silly looking, but that’s not Hasbro’s fault. They are merely translating the silliness from the film into a very cool action figure. And Ben Quadinaros is very cool indeed. Hasbro has worked in an astounding 12 points of articulation, most of which are ball-joints, and while no articulation was added to his head or body (it’s one of the same so where could they put articulation?), there is plenty of quality articulation elsewhere to make you very happy. Ben Quadinaros is getting unfair critical publicity already. We have come across comments and the like that rip this figure apart. But to be honest, those aren’t fair assessments at all. Again, coming from those that absolutely despise the whole podracing scene in Episode I, this is a gorgeous action figure. The paint job is incredible and Hasbro used an expression that makes Ben look partially angry instead of dopey (the way he seemed to appear in the film). He has redness in the eyes which reminds us of a Sith-eyed version of Anakin Skywalker and whether this was intentional or not, it looks plainly sublime. We’ve also seen early reports that this figure has balancing issues. Interestingly, we have to disagree with what we’ve read on this. We had more difficulty balancing Anakin Skywalker (VC80) and Darth Sidious (VC79) than Ben Quadinaros. There is no denying that he is top heavy, but his legs can be posed perfectly equidistant from each other to be flush against a flat surface. Then the ball-jointed ankles can help to reinforce the balance to ensure gravity doesn’t pull him down to the ground.
Assortment Number: 37501/37499
Retail: $8.99 USD
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Status: Ben Quadinaros is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 12
Articulation Details: 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel wrists, 2 ball-jointed hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: blaster
Date Stamp: 2011
Status: Otoga-222 is a repaint of the figure from 1999's EI Ody Mandrell With Otoga 222 Pit Droid figure two-pack.
Articulation Count: 4 points
Articulation Details: 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel hips
Accessory Count: None
Accessory Details: None
Date Stamp: 1999
The Vintage Collection Wave 10
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