Captain Antilles (Tantive IV Invasion)
Released February 2004
Reviewed by Adam Pawlus
Photography by Michael Sullenger
Reviewed on April 16, 2004
More Rebels are on tap, and now we take a look at Captain Antilles (Tantive IV Invasion), the fifth and possibly final fan's choice figure. Hasbro has yet to introduce a poll for a sixth figure, although they did hold a poll for a reissue figure earlier this year.
The good Captain seems to be made from an entirely new with a number of joints as well as a holster, a blaster, and a stand.
Not only is this a totally new figure, he also has at least one totally new (for Star Wars) kind of joint, which is a big surprise that really adds to the figure's ability to do things that you'd want it to do. Like be choked.
While many fans half expected a repaint or a slightly modified Rebel Trooper from a few years back, Hasbro decided to go all out and make a new and amazing sculpt for a character that had about a line and a half of dialogue and then was literally tossed aside.
The head sculpt is arguably the weak point of the figure. Good shots of Captain Antilles' face are hard to find, and because the figure looks like Haley Joel Osmet, odds are this is a roadblock Hasbro came by on the way to making this figure. The neck is telescoping, so you can have Vader stretch it, grab on, and what have you. The ball joint for the head and the neck make it so he can pretty much assume any position in terms of looking around that you might want, which is great for using this figure for displays and such. The paint job is tolerable, I always assumed he would have more grey in his hair and would look slightly older. His appearance is perhaps too youthful, but as he will most likely be posed so that his face isn't the key focus, it's not too huge of a deal. Beyond his wrinkled forehead, there's nothing to indicate age, and those wrinkles just look like a brow furrowed out of confusion or thought.
Once again, the paint of his head doesn't have anything great to speak of. The one-color hair is covered by his helmet, and this will distract you from the face which has adequate detail work done to it. The figure's body is painted quite well, but there isn't much to paint so it isn't exactly tough work. The colors are even and mostly where they should be, and there aren't many little details to work on but there's just enough here to make you stop and go "hey, that looks good."
The body sculpt is a shining example of how to do a boring character and make it into a good figure. There's so much detail in his uniform that it's hard not to pick up and be impressed, which is a good thing. This is a Fan's Choice figure and so far, all of them have been sculpted with the kind of detail you aren't used to seeing from Hasbro with the exception of the McQuarrie Stormtrooper, who looks fine considering that detail isn't a key part of his costume. Captain Antilles has so many pockets, cuffs, wrinkles, and other tidbits that it seems nearly impossible to think of anything short of stitching or a zipper to add realism to this toy. The sculpt does a great job of masking the articulation which, as you may guess, is very important.
He has a telescoping neck with a ball jointed head, as well as a waist joint, joints at the hips, and articulated shoulders, elbows, and wrists. The wrinkles and design of the costume hide almost all the joints and allow for the figure to be posed a number of ways, although probably not as many as the Rebel Trooper from 2001. It seems no parts were reused in the sculpt of the action figure, and it's easy to find a lot to like here, despite him not being an alien or an obscure Imperial officer.
This set includes a helmet, 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 helmet, complete with chinstrap, is nicely sculpted and painted. It fits amazingly well over his head, but feels like it might snap with repeated use. At first, I couldn't be sure if the gun was a new sculpt or not. It's the same mold used for Dutch, but it's larger than the Rebel Trooper gun which was quite puny. This is easily the best toy made of this blaster in the action figure scales. It's a nice weapon, and hopefully Hasbro will continue to use this sculpt of it in the future.
For 2004, the late-2003 revision is still being employed. The gold stripe reads "Fan's Choice #5" and there's a sticker on the bubble showing that it is, in fact, a Fan's Choice.
Figure distribution in 2004 is random and spotty. Captain Antilles shows up every now and again, but it isn't known for how long he'll be shipping given the distribution of the previous two Fan's Choice figures.
It's a Fan's Choice figure, so you owe it to yourself to buy it no matter what. It's good that the figure is well done with a lot of quality sculpting put into the figure, because otherwise it could be a pretty bland or awful toy. Collectors should get a big kick out of this one, and maybe even some kids will dig it. For the money, it's well worth picking up, although it isn't a perfect figure. It's good, though, and it's hard to fault something designed with the collector audience in mind even if it does have a few flaws that tend to stand out. If you see it, get it.
Our regular sample was obtained from Entertainment Earth in March 2004.