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Jango Fett’s Slave I - SW [S - P1] - Vehicles

Name: Jango Fett's Slave I
Collection: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Number: N/A
Source: Attack Of The Clones
Availability: April 2002
License: Hasbro

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Jango Fett is known throughout the galaxy as a relentless bounty hunter who doesn't stop until his prey is captured or killed. His ship, Slave I, is just as dangerous and deadly as its owner, with an arsenal of weapons which no prey has ever escaped. This highly modified Firespray-class patrol and attack ship was originally used in law enforcement, but Jango rebuilt it with hidden weapons compartment, sensor masking and tracking systems, and powerful shield generators – all the necessities for the most dedicated and brutal bounty hunter ever known. When he is chasing Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jango Fett makes full use of his technology and weapons-firing laser cannons, dropping sonic charges and firing missiles – in an attempt to destroy his pursuer.

It was only a matter of time before the Prequel Trilogy reintroduced the classic Slave I vehicle to the Star Wars community. It may have arrived a little unexpectedly though. After all, it had a different owner and the color scheme was nearly unrecognizable. But ownership didn’t fall far from the tree however, as it was Boba Fett’s father, Jango Fett, who unwittingly bequeathed the Slave I to Boba Fett upon his death by Mace Windu at the Battle of Geonosis. We first see the Slave I in Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones when Jango Fett and Boba Fett attempt to flee Kamino, but are briefly thwarted by Obi-Wan Kenobi. They eventually escape, but Obi-Wan is hot on their heels and Jango Fett needs to rely on his sonic charges to divert the relentless Jedi. All of these features have been wonderfully worked into Jango Fett’s Slave I, an all-new vehicle that shares none of the tooling from 1996’s SOTE Boba Fett’s Slave I vehicle. The vehicle itself has been designed in a fashion to make it Episode II specific as well as screen accurate. There are pros and cons with this vehicle. This version of the Slave I received detail like we haven’t seen released in the past, but some of the classically favorite play features, like the removable side panel, have been sacrificed to allow for a more elaborately detailed vehicle. The size of the vehicle is still too small, but for now it will suffice as a great toy for both kids and collectors of the Star Wars “Saga” line. Yoda has always said size matter not, but we feel that a little more elbow room is needed for the newly tooled Slave I.

Hasbro added a lot of play value into Jango Fett’s Slave I and it has enough here to interest even the most discriminating collectors. The vehicle isn’t perfect, but you should be impressed with the new takes Hasbro has made with this version. It will be interesting to see if Hasbro will update this sculpt in the classic Episode V Slave I color scheme as well one day. (Editor’s Note: This same sculpt was also used for 2004’s OTC Slave I which was released as a TARGET exclusive.) Again, while the side hatch isn’t removable on this version, the Slave I does receive cool updates like a sliding top panel to reveal a missile firing cannon. The missiles are launched via a turnstile located at the bottom of the ship. But that’s not all. The vehicle comes with four sonic charges (which really look like four red balls) and another button on the underside of the vehicle is responsible for launching them into the atmosphere. The cockpit canopy simply lifts up to reveal Jango Fett’s piloting area. It’s different than any Slave I cockpit we have seen before. The chair stays in one position and Jango Fett will only remain upright when you have the vehicle in flying mode. This is actually screen accurate because if you remembering during the Kamino sequence, Boba Fett had to prop himself up to see the battle between his father and Obi-Wan Kenobi. The only problem we have with the cockpit however is its size. While it can hold up to three action figures, it is very cramped and you cannot situate Boba Fett alongside Jango Fett as they appeared in the film. So we find that to be a small setback. This would have been the perfect time to update the space. But if we’re honest, there just isn’t enough available space to make that work in a totally screen accurate fashion.

One of the features we’re most impressed with on Jango Fett’s Slave I is the stabilizer wings. They have much more detail this time around, including support beams that stay in a locked position (manually done) whether in landing mode or flying mode. They add so much detail to the already improved Slave I vehicle and we’re so impressed by them. The underside of Jango fett’s Slave I is equally impressive. The artist who tooled this has great talent, and it may be the best looking underside of a Slave I we have ever received. The complicated inner workings of this vehicle have been forever etched into gray plastic. It’s quite astounding how realistic it looks. Hasbro also added spots for four individual missile projectiles to be stored on the bottom of Jango Fett’s Slave I as well. So, you receive a total of eight projectile all together, four in the cannon and four stowed at the bottom of the vehicle. Between the updated features including the stabilizer wings, the weapons bay (that holds the sonic charges) and the retractable top hatch which reveals the firing cannon, Jango Fett’s Slave I is a small accomplishment in its own right. Oh, we must mention also the panel on the front of the vehicle which can rotate three separate times to reveal an undamaged look, Obi-Wan’s homing device, and then a battle-damaged look when Jango Fett blows the homing device away. As you can see, Hasbro tried not to miss a beat with this update. It certainly won’t be that beneficial (functionally) of a mold for Boba Fett’s Slave I, but it will look great regardless of the action features. In summary it’s just easiest to say that we’re pleasantly surprised with this vehicle.

Collector Notes

Jango Fett’s (Slave I)

Status: Jango Fett’s (Slave I) is an all-new vehicle.

Articulation Count: 10 points

Articulation Details: opening cockpit, sliding top hatch, rotating front panel, cannon turnstile, sonic charges release, sliding weapons bay clip, 2 rotating lower cannons, 2 rotating wing stabilizers

Accessory Count: 12

Accessory Details: 8 missile projectiles, 4 sonic charges

Date Stamp: 2002

Assortment Number: 84873

UPC: 076930848739

Retail: $29.99 USD

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Added: January 10, 2014
Category: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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