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General Grievous - TVC - Basic (VC17)

Name: General Grievous
Collection: The Vintage Collection
Number: VC17
Source: Revenge Of The Sith
Availability: September 2010
License: Hasbro

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Celebrate the legendary Star Wars saga that changed the universe forever! This collection brings to life the incredible story of good versus evil that captured our imagination and took us to a galaxy far, far away. Iconic Star Wars heroes and villains are captured with incredible detail and premium features to commemorate each epic tale in the Star Wars saga. May the Force be with you!

Hasbro takes two steps forward and, sadly, a half-step back with The Vintage Collection General Grievous, released in the second wave of the line. For the most part, the positive greatly outweighs the negative, but it still frustrates us that Hasbro chooses sometimes to do some things the way they do. Underground rumors claim this figure was to have made its original debut in the Legacy Collection as BD24 before being canceled. At the time, we didn't understand why Hasbro excluded Grievous in the Build A Droid series. However, those close to the industry explained that the reasons for the temporary cancellation were twofold. The cape and the newly articulated wrists did not meet production deadlines in time, and Hasbro ultimately postponed the figure until the upgrades were completed. Thankfully, we have that version now in The Vintage Collection, and the results are impressive, although new issues appeared. Hasbro made significant upgrades for this release of General Grievous. Hasbro took the ultra-popular The Legacy Collection General Grievous (BD 25) figure and tremendously cleaned up the paint job. They included new articulation in the four wrists and a beautiful soft-goods layered cape. This release isn't the first time we have seen a cape similar to this on a General Grievous action figure. The Kaleesh warlord looks best this way, and we have no complaints about the final results. If you own the 2008 version, you know Hasbro cast it from a too-rubbery plastic, making it difficult to pose the figure as you preferred. The new figure seemingly magnifies those issues, although Hasbro utilized a similar plastic for both.

Unbelievably, Hasbro cast the updated 2010 General Grievous from an even rubberier plastic, and we wonder why Hasbro missed this boat. We nearly tossed our sample out of the window while trying to photograph it for our photo gallery out of aggravation. Attempting to pose this figure in action-oriented positions was challenging. This figure has some center of gravity or balance issues, and the plastic's pliability doesn't help. Your sample may continue to fall, so be forewarned. We chalk all of this up to Hasbro using inferior plastics. They must cast thin and spindly bodies from stronger plastics. It is common sense. Moving on, The Legacy Collection version of the figure had a paint job that was too dirty throughout its body. Hasbro cleaned up the figure to look not as filthy but to maintain some of the weathered and dirtied characteristics without compromising the shade of the organic, creamy, and white marbled bone portions of the cyborg body. As mentioned above, Hasbro worked in swivel wrist joints on all four portions of the arms, which helped the collector meaningfully. Now, General Grievous has four new sculpted forearms and hand sections. We initially thought this addition was unnecessary, but they worked well to make the included hilts and lightsabers stick better in the hands. It assists with the gripping. We are impressed with the final results. Hasbro carried the rest of the original articulation into this upgraded version, but it takes work to make all the movement work to your advantage. If we summed up exactly how we feel about the new General Grievous, we would have to say that it is the best-decorated Grievous to date and, in theory, the best-articulated version if and only if Hasbro can manage to cast it in a much stronger plastic. As you can probably infer, The Vintage Collection General Grievous is bittersweet. And it's quite a shame that the material significantly affects how good of an action figure it is.

But the star in this package is the soft-goods cape. It is beautiful. Hasbro sewed together two unique layers: a "ribbed" outer gray layer with a Kaleesh symbol and a satiny red inner layer that fits General Grievous like a glove. It is ever so slightly too short, but depending upon how you successfully (or unsuccessfully) pose the figure, this may or may not affect the figure's aesthetics for you. Hasbro also designed two inner pockets, one on each side with four compartments each, and these can hold the two lightsaber hilts that come packaged perfectly. You'll want to search for extra hilts to fill all eight pockets. (It's a shame that Hasbro didn't include enough hilts to make this happen for collectors. Hasbro made similar soft goods available in the highly overpriced Legacy Collection General Grievous/CB-3D Droid Factory Walmart exclusive set, but that one pales compared to this upgraded version. It brings a new coolness to this General Grievous action figure, which makes it look fantastic. The new paint job has helped this action figure to a massive degree. The head and the collar now match the bone portions of his body and give the figure a wholly matching structure. Sometimes, it takes minor tweaks like this to make these toys as good as possible. While we would love to say that this is the definitive General Grievous, and it is, until Hasbro can give us a figure with a stronger frame, we can't call it the ultimate General Grievous action figure. General Grievous is welcome in The Vintage Collection. It would be a crime to miss out on getting this superb version of Grievous into your collection. However, note that the figure needs further tweaking. We may have to make a case to Hasbro for another update. Just one more time is all we think General Grievous needs, Hasbro. Let's make it happen!

Collector Notes

General Grievous

Status: General Grievous is a retool and repaint of 2008's TLC General Grievous (BD 25) figure. This time the figure includes enhanced and upgraded articulation and an all-new double-layered soft-goods cape.

Articulation Count: 39 points (24 areas of articulation)

Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1), ball-jointed left upper shoulder (2), ball-jointed right upper shoulder (2), ball-jointed left lower shoulder (2), ball-jointed right lower shoulder (2), ball-jointed left upper elbow (2), ball-jointed right upper elbow (2), ball-jointed left lower elbow (2), ball-jointed right lower elbow (2), swivel left upper forearm (2), swivel right upper forearm (2), swivel left lower forearm (1), swivel right lower forearm (1), swivel left upper wrist (1), swivel right upper wrist (1), swivel left lower wrist (1), swivel right lower wrist (1), ball-jointed waist (2), swivel left leg (1), swivel right leg (1), ball-jointed left knee (2), ball-jointed right knee (2), ball-jointed left ankle (2), ball-jointed right ankle (2)

Accessory Count: 9

Accessory Details: hilt A, hilt B, blue lightsaber, green lightsaber, droid blaster, soft-goods lined cape, removable chest armor plate A, removable chest armor plate B, removable neck collar

Date Stamp: 2009

Packaging Details:

Version 1: Revenge Of The Sith

Name: General Grievous

Year: 2010

Assortment Number: 20824/97568

UPC: 653569516118

Retail: $7.99

Details: Initial release

Version 2: Revenge Of The Sith

Name: General Grievous

Year: 2010

Assortment Number: 20824/97568

UPC: 653569516118

etail: $7.99 USD

Details: Ultimate Galactic Hunt foil card (retail chase packaging)

Version 3: Revenge Of The Sith

Name: General Grievous

Year: 2010

Assortment Number: 20824/97568

UPC: 653569545729

etail: $8.99 USD

Details: Offer-less

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General Grievous

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Added: September 9, 2010
Category: Vintage Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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