And now I finally have my most anticipated figure of the year in my hands...and it's only February! The Commander Gree figure was a cop out repaint in the original Revenge of the Sith line with several glaring innacuracies. I'm happy to say this is one helluva impressive figure.
It serves its purpose. There's good card art. This isn't a figure you want to leave in the box though.
The sculpt is extremely natural looking. This is about as close as you can come to realism for something based on a movie character in this scale. The joints (which are numerous and we'll get to that) work almost seamlessly with the sculpt. There are several improvements over the previous lame version such as the added holster on the hip, the correct backpack and the "suspenders". I can't fault this sculpt in any way.
It is very rare that I give a perfect score in any category as I am a fairly harsh critic. However you'll see this is a trend with this figure. The previous version of Gree looked like the after effect of eating too many poprocks. This one looks just like the onscreen version from the dull grey on the helmet to the realistic camo on the legs. Everything is clean and neat.
Gree is truly a groundbreaking figure in this category. This is one of the main selling points of the figure. In addition to a perfected likenss, Gree also takes the definition of Super Articulated and adds balljointed wrists and hips. This makes him the most mobile figure ever released. Many people are wondering how the joints handle. The hip joints are fairly tight and sort of click into place as most ball hinges do in the SW line. Same goes for the wrists. The shoulders do turn a bit easier than I'd like though.
Finally a clone that doesn't just have a gun. It is clear that Hasbro is trying to make up for the poor attempt at this character in 2005. Not only does he have his blaster but also his trademark binoculars which he used in the film. They fit nicely into his hands. His helmet is also removable though he just has the Tank Gunner head sculpt underneath so it's nothing to be excited over. Oh yeah...there's a stand too.
At $7 this guy seems perfect. The attention to detail and neat extras really add up.
I had no real problems on mine. The shoulders as I mentioned are a tad more loosely moving than I'd have liked but it's not a serious concern.
This is not just a good figure...this is an almost unbelievable figure. I do NOT give out perfect scores often but Gree really does deserve it. He's not just the winner of the wave but perhaps one of the best figures of all time. Perhaps he will set a trend for new levels of posability, paint jobs and accuracy in likeness as well. Go out and buy this figure. Like now.