General Dodonna (Battle of Yavin)
Released February 2004
Reviewed by Adam Pawlus
Photography by Michael Sullenger
Reviewed on April 23, 2004
Continuing with the vast quantity of Rebels, Hasbro has also released General Dodonna (Battle of Yavin) in one of his two outfits from the original Star Wars film.
Made from entirely new parts, General Dodonna also includes three medals, a blaster, and a stand.
Despite this basically being little more than an old man in a trenchcoat, there's actually some nifty sculpting going on here.
While the coat reminds me of Uncle Owen a little bit, it's definitely not a recycled part. Unfortunately, it covers most of the figure and masks the fact that there's a neat shirt down there.
Like many of the other recent Rebels, the face is nothing to write home about. His expression really doesn't seem to convey any particular feeling, and the pant on the samples we've seen thus far have been somewhat spotty. The eyes are often well painted, but the eyebrows and hair are hit and miss. As such, be sure to examine your samples before purchasing. It looks like the actor in the film enough to be acceptable, though, and definitely won't disappoint fans of the Rebel Alliance.
There isn't much in the way of a sculpt to write home about because the figure is basically a trenchcoat with feet, hands, and a head. It's wrapped up fairly tightly so you can't see the shirt or pants underneat, which is a good thing because the waist has a weird joint or piece going on there that looks like it's broken. But it isn't-- it just looks broken. There's a lot of wrinkles and folds in the one-color coat, which is a little bland to look at because of the coloring. If I were a kid and I was given this as a gift, I'd be crying right now, because it's just so unbearably dull to look at. On the bright side, it's authentic to the movie.
The figure has joints at the neck, shoulders, hips, wrists, and elbows. There's sort of a waist joint that you really can't get much out of, and since the coat pretty much restricts movement below the neck there's really not much point of mentioning them. It's an acceptable array of articulation on paper, but in practice, it's hard to get many good poses out of this guy. He can't hold his gun especially well, and next to Captain Antilles, this guy is a bit of a dud in terms of being able to play with it.
The paint is relatively clean, though, and on the whole it's hard to fault Hasbro for putting out such an obscure character in a year that these might be a tough sell. Still, it's not much to write home about.
This set includes a trio of medals, a base, and a gun.
The base is nothing new, so you know what to expect from the gunmetal grey rectangle with the Star Wars logo stamped on it. You probably have one or several. They're nice.
The gun is pretty much identical to the one that comes with Captain Antilles, but seems to be barely a bit more grey. Like, you wouldn't notice unless they were side-by-side, and even then, it's hard to tell. It's a good gun, though, and it seems Dodonna could really use a holster for it because his hands aren't much good at holding it.
The three medals are slightly recolored versions of the medals released with the Ceremonial Luke Skywalker action figure from way back in 1997. The strap is a little darker, but aside from that,it's the same thing. These are more or less throwaway accessories, and Hasbro would have been better to have dumped the guns and medals in favor of a tactical map or something that would look better next to this guy. They're decent extras for what they are, but there's no reason for three medals, really, and if you've been buying all the figures you've gotten medals with Ceremonial Luke, Ceremonial Leia, and the Luke/Leia two-pack from the Princess Leia collection.
For 2004, the late-2003 revision is still being employed. More of the same, folks.
Figure distribution in 2004 is random and spotty, so I've seen a few of these, but it seems you'll need to do some hunting to track one down.
2004 has been like Christmas for Star Wars, with each new figure being like a delightful gift. General Dodonna is like opening socks after having opened a number of decent gifts. It's not bad, it serves a purpose, and it's well made for what it is. It's just not terribly exciting. It's a required purchase for Rebel fans and Fan's Choice fans (Dodonna and Antilles basically tied, if you recall) and could have been a lot worse. Still, he could have been a little more interesting, so if you're on a budget, odds are you won't be sorry if you spend the five bucks on Dutch or Captain Antilles.
Our regular sample was obtained from Entertainment Earth in March 2004.