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

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 you have a Star Wars character that doesn’t wear any clothes, it’s a bit difficult to keep releasing multiple of versions of him or her throughout the long-running Star Wars line. Thankfully, Hasbro has used their toy making ability to the fullest and have brought us nearly countless amounts of unique Chewbacca action figures throughout the years. Whether he is sitting back relaxing playing Djerik, frostbitten from the ice tundra of Hoth, or just simply generic in his normal state, Hasbro has given Chewbacca multiple identities with diverse action figure interpretations of him to fit almost any display possible now. In The Empire Strikes Back, we perhaps see Chewbacca in the most configurations of all the films. It was only a matter of time however that Hasbro created a long-awaited version of hi carrying C-3PO on his back. After all, it would help the vintage band of collectors to recreate one of our most favorite scenarios as kids. But to get two figures as well as the cargo net in one package would just be sublime enough, but Hasbro made it better with the inclusion of electronics. It’s almost a dream come true.

The all-new Chewbacca action figure isn’t “all that” but the C-3PO figure is. It may be hard for many collectors to refer to the C-3PO in this set as a figure, because it functions really as an accessory, but we beg to differ. As far as we’re concerned, it is the definitive modern replacement to the C-3PO (with Removable Limbs) action figure from 1982. After all, that figure was meant to be a “battle-damaged” version of the droid, and this “accessory” makes it look more realistic than ever. For those of you that love things that light-up, C-3PO comes with a feature where if you press his head down into his body, the back panel as well as his eyes 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 really couldn’t be more impressed without this turned out.C-3PO comes in three parts: head, torso and limb “pile” and can all be thrown in the cargo net together. 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 feature here that really steals the show. And not to take away from Chewbacca, he is a decent action figure, but he lacks the star power of C-3PO. He appears to be in accurate scale to the other figures in the line. He also has a great paint job. Where he does lack however is in articulation as well as his portrait. We don’t think that this action figure has a great likeness to the Chewbacca character in Episode V. His head is slightly cocked back as if he is in the middle of howling at losing Han Solo, which is a great affect Hasbro immortalized in plastic, but sadly, it’s just off enough to make you wish Hasbro did a little bit more to perfect him. For less than five dollars, you get another healthy dose of plastic in this set. We shouldn’t take lightly how much value we are getting with our dollar in the basic figure line. Hasbro is really adding a lot of premium additions to the basic action figure line that just make the five dollars go so far. Chewbacca (Cloud City Capture) won’t be the definitive interpretation of this character, but the C-3PO “accessory” will be the main reason to buy this set anyway.

Collector Notes

Chewbacca (Cloud City Capture)

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

Articulation Count: 9 points

Articulation Details: hinge-jointed head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 swivel elbows, 2 swivel wrists, 2 swivel hips

Accessory Count: 5

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

Date Stamp: 2001

Collection: 1

Assortment Number: 84890/84851

UPC: 076930848906

Retail: $4.99 USD

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Star Wars [Saga - Phase I] Wave 8
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Jedi Starfighter Pilot) (’02 #36)

Han Solo (Endor Raid) (’02 #37)
Chewbacca (Cloud City Capture) (’02 #38)

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