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Daultay Dofine - TVC - Basic (VC82)

Name: Daultay Dofine
Collection: The Vintage Collection
Number: VC82
Source: The Phantom Menace
Availability: January 2012
License: Hasbro

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“Viceroy, I don’t want this stunted slime in my sight again!” But you’ll definitely want him in your line of sight for your collection! Trust us on this one! After years of giving us one statuesque Neimoidian “action” figure after another for over a decade, Hasbro steps up to the plate big time and produces an amazing body sculpt for this humanoid species. The first figure to get this treatment in the basic figure line is Daultay Dofine, a character that has been on wish lists for years and is now here for Star Wars fans in full glory. He had a healthy dose of dialogue in Episode I and was prominent throughout the film, yet Hasbro for one reason or another kept passing him over in favor of other Star Wars characters. But just as with any action figure created in this day and age, Daultay Dofine arrives with the best of intentions from and with excellent articulation and sculpting that Hasbro can provide to collectors. As a result, the final product is just shy of stunning. The action figure has one or two small flaws, as do most nearly perfect action figures, but there is a ton more of positive than negative here. But how incredible is it to finally have a Neimoidian leader with some decent articulation? It was a very long time coming!

Daultay Dofine is fully loaded with 14 points of articulation. All the standard joints are here. No ball-jointed hips, but plenty of ball-jointed articulation elsewhere. His body is extraordinarily thin. It’s so thin that it’s noticeable when compared against any other “normal” sized action figure. But there is a reason he is so thin and we think Hasbro was brilliant for including it in the equation. The figure has a heavy reliance on soft-goods to make its costume. A soft-goods full length skirt and two extra long sleeves are made from the same fabric. Then these soft-goods portions are then bound closely to the body via the ornate “vest” (for lack of a better term) that goes on top of them. With all of these “layers” the body would become too thick and the look of the species would be compromised. (For your information, the skirt is removable, but we don't suggest removing it because you probably won't get it to look the same way again putting it back on the figure.) This approach works extremely well and we’re actually quite impressed that Hasbro went in this direction. This is absolutely the correct way to design Separatists (especially those of the Neimoidian persuasion) and we are praying that future ones are designed similarly. If Hasbro can update both Rune Haako and Nute Gunray in the same fashion, those who love Separatists will be inordinately happy.

Daultay Dofine has one or two flaws unfortunately. We had a devil of a time trying to get him to stand up without falling. We at first it was his shoes. Don’t laugh. They are reminiscent of joker shoes with the tips of them pointing upwards. But that isn’t the problem. It’s the ankle joints. Just spend a little bit of time futzing with them until you can get them at a 90 degree angle with his body and then your balancing problems will immediately disappear. Daultay Dofine comes with a nicely fitting and removable hat in addition to a droid blaster. And he also comes with the aforementioned plastic molded vest. Why he comes with a droid blaster is beyond us, but Hasbro has ensured that he is able to hold it with relative ease. Daultay Dofine’s paint job is pretty good. His skin has a marbled look to it and then in what we consider to be a strange move Hasbro has painted the front of the face with a yellowish off-white color. It some light it looks like he is wearing a mask and then in other light it seemingly blends in well with the rest of his face. While we love Daultay Dofine, he certainly isn’t the highlight of The Phantom Menace wave. But he is excellent and he is no doubt the new blueprint for Neimoidians.

Collector Notes

Daultay Dofine

Status: Daultay Dofine is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 14 points

Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel wrists, swivel waist, 2 ball-jointed hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles

Accessory Count: 3*

Accessory Details: decorative vest, droid blaster, removable hat (* the skirt is technically removable too but you'll never get it back the way it was because it locks in place under plastic shirt)

Date Stamp: 2011

Assortment Number: 37502/37499

UPC: 653569723998

Retail: $8.99 USD

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Added: January 8, 2012
Category: Vintage Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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