Chewbacca (Cloud City Capture) - SW [S - P1] - Basic (’02 #38)

Added: December 27th 2013
Category: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Reviewer: Paul Harrison

Name: Chewbacca (Cloud City Capture)
Collection: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Number: ’02 #38
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: June 2002
License: Hasbro

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Three years after the destruction of the Death Star, the Rebel Alliance continues the fight against the Imperial forces and suffers a defeat on the ice planet Hoth. Luke Skywalker journeys to the planet Dagobah to train with Jedi Master Yoda, who has lived in hiding since the fall of the Republic. In an attempt to convert Luke to the dark side, the evil Sith Lord, Darth Vader, lures Luke into a trap in the Cloud City of Bespin. In the midst of a fierce lightsaber duel with Vader, Luke faces the startling revelation that the Sith Lord is in fact his father, Anakin Skywalker.

Captured upon their arrival at Cloud City, Chewbacca and his Rebel companions are apprehended by Darth Vader in hopes of luring their Jedi friend, Luke Skywalker, into a trap. While in solitary confinement, Chewbacca takes solace in reassembling the dismantled C-3PO.

When a Star Wars character doesn't wear any clothes, it's a bit difficult to come up with new takes for action figures. Releasing multiple versions of Chewbacca throughout the long-running Star Wars line hasn't been a simple task. Thankfully, Hasbro has made the most of its toy-making prowess to the fullest and found ways to make Chewbacca new and fresh in the basic figure line.Many collectors are content with repeated versions of Star Wars characters if they're different in some way. That's what we have here. They've brought us countless Chewbacca action figures throughout the years. Whether sitting back and relaxing playing Djarik, crouched in a frostbitten pose spying on Imperial Probe Droids on the icy Hoth tundra, or defending the bunker on Endor, Hasbro gave Chewbacca multiple identities in the action figure line. They've successfully executed this with diverse interpretations of the character to accommodate and fit all of your Star Wars display needs at home. In The Empire Strikes Back, we perhaps see Chewbacca in the most configurations of all the films. However, it was only a matter of time until Hasbro created the long-awaited version of carrying a disassembled C-3PO in a cargo net. And it would help collectors who grew up with the vintage Kenner line recreate one of our favorite scenes as kids.

Getting two figures and the cargo net into one package, along with electronics, is not something Hasbro could cost out unless they thought it through carefully. And they did. This set s nearly a dream come true. The all-new Chewbacca action figure isn't "all that," but the C-3PO "parts" are. It's not fair to refer to the C-3PO parts in this set as a figure. They function as accessories here. Still, we think they're the highlight of the set, so we beg to differ. As far as we're concerned, it is a near-definitive modern replacement to 1982's ESB C-3PO (With Removable Limbs) Kenner action figure. The "parts" are a "battle-damaged" version of the protocol droid, and they look realistic and screen-accurate. Collectors love things that light-up. So, Hasbro gave C-3PO an action feature that includes lights. When the head presses down into the body, the back panel and the photoreceptors illuminate. It is a decent "action feature," but it looks just as good without the light. To further sweeten the deal, Hasbro has also woven a soft-goods cargo net that holds the multiple parts of C-3PO almost flawlessly. We couldn't be more impressed with how this figure set turned out. C-3PO comes in three parts: head, torso, and limb "pile," and you throw all three into the cargo net and then onto Chewbacca's back. You're truly going to be impressed with how awesomely this looks when all together.

As you can probably tell by the tone of this review, the C-3PO accessory is the main feature here, and it steals the show. And not to take away from Chewbacca, it's a decent action figure but lacks the star power of the C-3PO "accessories." Chewbacca appears to not be accurate with its scale compared to the other action figures in the line. However, Chewbacca has an excellent paint job. We're also disappointed by the articulation, and the figure lacks here too. We don't think that this action figure has a superb likeness to the Chewbacca character in The Empire Strikes Back. Interestingly, Chewbacca comes with a head sculpt that's slightly cocked back. The posture is odd and doesn't fit on this particular take of Chewbacca. We wish Hasbro pursued a better portrait that is closer to screen-accuracy. For less than five dollars, you get a healthy dose of plastic here. We shouldn't be cavalier that Hasbro gave us a lot of stuff in this package to enjoy. We are getting value for our dollars here. Hasbro adds many premium additions to the basic action figure line that help make the five dollars go very far. Chewbacca (Cloud City Capture) is an example of this. And while it won't be the definitive interpretation of Chewbacca, the C-3PO "accessory" will be the main reason to consider this for your collection.

Collector Notes

Chewbacca (Cloud City Capture)

Status: Chewbacca (Cloud City Capture) is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 11 points (9 areas of articulation)

Articulation Details: hinge-jointed head (1), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), swivel left elbow (1), swivel right elbow (1), swivel left wrist (1), swivel right wrist (1), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1)

Accessory Count: 5

Accessory Details: light-up C-3PO (3 parts: head, chest, limbs pile), soft-goods cargo net, E-11 blaster

Date Stamp: 2001

Collection: 1

Assortment Number: 84890/84851

UPC: 076930848906

Retail: $4.99 USD

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Chewbacca (Cloud City Capture)

Star Wars [Saga - Phase I] Collection 1 Wave 4

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