General Madine (Imperial Shuttle Capture)
Released April 2004
Reviewed by Adam Pawlus
Photography by Michael Sullenger
Reviewed on May 26, 2004
There are very few figures from the original, classic line of Star Wars action figures to be remade, and Hasbro crossed another off the list with General Madine (Imperial Shuttle Capture). While the "Imperial Shuttle Capture" name seems a little off, the figure's right on the money with some great sculpting and articulation. And even more amazing is that Hasbro actually made him.
General Madine is a completely new sculpt and comes with a stand and baton.
General Rieekan, General Dodonna, Captain Antilles, and even Generals Solo and Calrissian were made, so now it's time for General Madine. Originally sold as part of the first batch of Return of the Jedi figures in 1983, it seemed unlike Hasbro would ever revisit this character despite his few-- very few-- lines in the film.
The ROTJ original figure was colored improperly, but on the whole wasn't too much different from this new one. The pose is about the same with added articulation and a vast amount of improvement to the texture and head sculpt. His hair doesn't look nearly as odd either, which takes some doing as the actual guy playing General Madine had some pretty gnarly hair.
Madine's head may be improved, but his paint job isn't necessarily better. His eyes vary from figure to figure, like the faces on a lot of 2004 humans. When picking one out, be sure to inspect them carefully to buy the best one because some just don't look all that great.
Surprisngly, Hasbro gave him really fantastic articulation with an elbow joint that lets him do nearly anything as well as wrist joints. He also has the standard hip, waist, shoulder, and neck joints, giving him 10 points of articulation. All he can really do is stand, point, and gesture... but to have him do anything more would be silly.
His outfit is nearly perfect, with clean, rich coloration and little if any paint outside the proper boundaries. The texture really shines in these colors and the figure has turned out to be pretty much exactly what you would want out of a General Madine action figure. And that's a figure free of dramatic poses.
This set includes a base and a baton.
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.
His baton, which is quite rubbery, is a cross between the vintage one and Mon Mothma's from 1998. He can use it to point, and it's silver. It doesn't have any special detail and he can hold it without a problem, making it the most boring yet authentic accessory in quite some time.
For 2004, the late-2003 revision is still being employed. More of the same, folks.
General Madine is currently scheduled to be reissued as part of the Original Trilogy Collection in 2004.
He's around, but tends to come and go quickly.
He's old, and he's boring. He's got a name of "Imperial Shuttle Capture" which would seem to indicate a far more exciting scenario than, say, "Rebel Briefing at Sullust." I seriously doubt he capture an Imperial Shuttle with his little pointy stick, but who knows, his kung fu may be much better than that of the Empire.
If you're looking for a high-ranking Rebel that's done in an authentic manner that is true to the movie, get General Madine. He doesn't do much, but that's OK, he didn't do much in Return of the Jedi either.
Our regular sample was obtained from Entertainment Earth in May 2004.