Lt. Dannl Faytonni
Released August, 2003
Reviewed by Adam Pawlus
Photography by Michael Sullenger
Reviewed on October 8, 2003
Quite possibly a first for a Star Wars figure, this seems to be the first-ever action figure made from a cameo appearance. Lt. Dannl Faytonni is, of course, Anthony Daniels, and will probably be the source of a great many custom behind-the-scenes C-3PO figures.
This figure includes a glass, a blaster, and a bar table stand.
As a figure of a character that's basically set dressing, it's really hard to expect much from this figure. Thankfully, Hasbro decided to make sure that we wouldn't be disappointed by adding in a lot of articulation and a great sculpt. Since they're reusing this body again a few assortments down the road, it's nice to see they didn't cut additional corners.
The sculpt of the body is as good if not better than can be expected with a decent amount of wrinkles, all the accessories one might hope for, and even a working holster. Why Hasbro seems so gung-ho on including holsters with minor characters (Zutton, Ellors Madak, BoShek, etc.) is a bit of a mystery, but it's welcome here since, unlike a few recent G.I. Joe figures, it actually works. Of course, if you push the blaster in too deep, it will misshapen-- more on that below.
One thing that's nice to see is that he looks like Anthony Daniels, but the hair is a little darker than it should be. It isn't perfect, but it's acceptable. He almost looks to be rolling his eyes, and his hairstyle seems just a little bit off, but other than that Hasbro seems to have done a good job.
Faytonni could be the start of a great custom project, as he's jointed to the extent where it should be easy to mix and match limbs with similarly jointed figures. He sports articulation at the neck, waist, shoulders, hips, wrists, elbows, knees, and at the top of the boots. 14 joints on a minor character may not be a record, but it comes darned close.
Aside from a lack of light grey paint on his hair, this action figure seems to be decorated in a manner that falls in line with reasonable expectations. A little bit of the yellow on his wrists seems to stray outside the lines, but ignoring that, all the decoration is exactly where it should be.
As an action figure, Lt. Faytonni delivers. There is nothing fundamentally flawed with his design, which is really great to see on a $5 toy.
This set includes a blaster, a base, and a glass.
Much like the figure's articulation, the accessories are just a little better than you might expect in most respects. First, let's take a look at the stand.
The first thing that one needs to know about the stand is that some assembly is required-- the table and the column directly beneath the column is one big piece that plugs into the base. In our review sample, the set didn't like to stay assembled, but your mileage may vary. For those not worried about the integrity of your figures, some crazy glue may be in order to keep it from falling apart the second you touch it or try to move it. Still, it looks good, is painted well, and exceeds expectations for an accessory. As an added bonus, the table component can stand just fine without the base, so for those model builders that have a Coruscant Night Club in the works, you're in for a treat with this extra.
The gun isn't all that much different from those found in most POTJ-era Cantina aliens, but it's still quite good and it fits in the holster-- with a catch. The scope bends out of shape to fit inside the holster, so be careful when placing it inside. It's molded in color, and while some extra paint would be nice to see to being out the details, it spends most of its time in the holster anyway, and the deco budget was probably blown on the table.
In yet another surprise for this figure, Hasbro may have produced the best-ever drinking glass because they had the foresight to color in some bright red liquid. It can be held by the figure without a problem, and it can rest on the table without tipping over. As such, it's as perfect as such a glass can get without having a little straw or fake ice in it, and at this scale, that's a just plain unreasonable request.
While Hasbro has yet to meet or exceed the accessories they offered in 2002's Bespin Luke figure, this one comes darned close in the sense it gives you everything you could want and then some. It would be nice if the base could connect to another base, but it's really no big deal that it doesn't. Kudos on a job well done, Hasbro.
New and improved? You decide.
It seems this figure is starting to ship to online accounts and the likes of Wal-Mart thus far, and es expected elsewhere in the coming weeks.
While at first it seems like another dull and pointless minor character, Hasbro proves once again that such things can actually make for exciting toys. Fans of the Nightclub sequence have a new character to bolster their dioramas, customizers have the makings of the Republic Cruiser pilot from the beginning of Episode One, and fans everywhere have an all around decent, if a little bit generic, new toy to play with. Everything about him works, except you have to fiddle with his legs a little to get him on the stand.
Don't miss this one, it's a treat.
Our sample was obtained from Entertainment Earth in September 2003.