Toy Review: McQuarrie Boba Fett
Price: my sample was a gift, but if you're frosty, you can get one for between $5 - $10 on eBay
This Boba Fett very well may be the coolest-looking Star Wars figure around. I love the concept design and the sculpt represents it well. There isn't much in the way of fudged paint, either. The "cloth" part of the costume is a slightly different shade of white, which gives it some much-needed variation to keep the figure from becoming an all-white bore.
There's also a little bit of gold detailing on the wrists and ankles, which kind of gives Boba the vibe of a NASA spacesuit.
This Boba has articulation similar to most Star Wars figures today: ball-socket neck, ball-hinge shoulders, ball-hinge elbows, swivel wrists, swivel waist, swivel hips, and ball-hinge knees. That's pretty good, but the lack of ankle articulation limits the posability of the legs.
McQuarrie Fett comes a gun, backpack, flames, collector's coin, and an extra concept head! I commend Hasbro for going the extra mile with the figure's accessories, and the extra head is particularly awesome as you can drastically change the appearance of the figure. In fact if you're a particularly obsessive Fett fan, you might want to buy two for display: one for each head design.
You can probably buy this figure for less than $10, which is a pretty good price considering it's a Fett figure that's no longer on the shelves. Unfortunately, what really hampers the value of this figure is the poor design of the waist joint. The figure is designed so that you can pop off the waist to flip down the stomach missile (see below for more on that). But the waist pops off way too easily, which isn't a problem for display, but is a problem for playability.
The coolest thing about this figure is that, unlike virtually all figures from the Expanded Universe, conceptual designs, and the Prequels, it actually looks like it would exist in the universe of the original Star Wars trilogy. The design is kind of a cross between a Stormtrooper and Boba Fett. In fact, maybe they should have just used this design for the AOTC Clonetroopers.
Another cool feature that bumps up the fun is the stomach armor which can be flipped down to reveal a hidden missile! I'm not sure if Boba was initially conceptualized as a robot, but the stomach missile is something straight out of the classic Shogun Warriors toyline. And anything that reminds me of Shogun Warriors is automatically revered.
There's a lot of great stuff happening with the design of this figure... he has elements of the original Star Wars trilogy, a NASA spacesuit, and Shogun Warriors, all rolled-up into one super-cool design. The problematic waist joint keeps this figure from a perfect score, but Boba fanatics won't want to miss out on this one.