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Count Dooku (Dark Lord) - SW [S - P1] - Basic (’02 #27)

Name: Count Dooku (Dark Lord)
Collection: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Number: '02 #27
Source: Attack Of The Clones
Availability: April 2002
License: Hasbro

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Ten years after the fight to save Naboo from invasion, the galaxy is on the brink of civil war. Under the leadership of a renegade Jedi, thousands of solar systems threaten to secede from the Galactic Republic. A courageous Jedi Knight, his impulsive and headstrong apprentice, and a queen-turned-senator are drawn into the heart of the conflict... and the beginning of war.

Count Dooku is a disillusioned former Jedi Knight who lost faith in the Republic and abandoned the Jedi Order. Dooku spent ten years in seclusion honing his Force abilities, and, as a master of the old style of fencing, wields his scimitar-handled lightsaber with consummate grace.

Count Dooku ended up being the villain in Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones. Some Star Wars fans found it preposterous that an old man was the replacement for the ultra cool Darth Maul, but many others found the new Darth Tyranus an ominous threat to the Jedi Order, especially with his Grand Moff Tarkin like similarities and cool scimitar-handled lightsaber hilt. Granted, it took more time for Star Wars fans to warm up to Count Dooku, but they eventually did and as Hasbro released the action figure interpretations of him in the basic figure line, they became sought after and were bought up left and right surprisingly well. In April of 2002, Hasbro released Count Dooku (Dark Lord) and while it was intended to be part of the initial Episode II rollout of action figures, some areas didn’t receive ample supplies and he quickly became a “chase” figure, but only for a short time.

Frankly, Count Dooku (Dark Lord) has an excellent sculpt and likeness, that will assuredly stand the test of time. That doesn’t mean it’s invincible from obsoleteness, but there is no denying that the figure looks pretty darn good. It od course lacks in articulation and has an annoying action figure, albeit not that noticeable. But when fully assembled, Count Dooku (Dark Lord) is pretty much how you wish all of your action figures looked: like the actual character. With only seven points of articulation, you can’t position this action figure any way you wish, but there is enough here to get the basics done. Whether or not you’ll want a geriatric Sith Lord is a whole other story. That may sound harsh, but you have to understand that many Star Wars fans were disappointed to discover that Count Dooku was the new “Darth Maul” in Episode II. But he was successful and obviously had more tightly honed Force skills as he escaped leaving the Jedi defeated.

Count Dooku (Dark Lord) comes with a healthy dose of accessories. In addition to his removable cape and lightsaber, he also comes with Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber. It comes as a separate lightsaber hilt and green lightsaber blade. He comes with a magnet imbedded in his left hand, so the metal hilt works flawlessly here. Count Dooku (Dark Lord) also comes with a decently sized holographic Darth Sidious accessory. It’s case in translucent purple plastic and has a flat surface which allows it to stand upright without issue. It would have been nice to receive a special display stand with it, but in all honestly Hasbro has included enough accessories here where we can’t complain that they didn’t include something else additionally for that purpose. It’s a great interpretation of the character, but there is room for growth and we believe that great things will come as this is a wonderful first start.

Collector Notes

Count Dooku (Dark Lord)

Status: Count Dooku (Dark Lord) is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 11 points

Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, swivel right wrist, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips

Accessory Count: 5

Accessory Details: lightsaber, Anakin Skywalker's lightsaber hilt, Anakin Skywalker's lightsaber blade, removable cape, holographic Darth Sidious

Date Stamp: 2001

Collection: 1

Assortment Number: 84889/84851

UPC: 076930848890

Retail: $4.99 USD

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Star Wars [Saga - Phase I] Wave 3
Clone Trooper (’02 #17)
Zam Wesell (Bounty Hunter) (’02 #18)

Anakin Skywalker (Hangar Duel) (’02 #22)
Yoda (Jedi Master) (’02 #23)
Count Dooku (Dark Lord) (’02 #27)

Added: December 21, 2013
Category: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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