This is why I hate machines.
It ain’t no secret that I’m not a fan of Star Wars figures. While some of the sculpt work are pretty darn amazing, the articulation is inconsistent between figures and they all have that silly swivel hip configuration, staunchly refusing the ball jointed hips revolution. That said, I picked this guy up because he looked cool, and you know what? I don’t regret my purchase.
The Yuuzhan Vong warrior is first of all, a pretty gosh darn large figure for a 3.75″ scale. This fella is a total brute, and I love that aspect of him. These guys are supposed to be major threats, especially since they can’t be directly affected by the Force, and they look as threatening as they’re meant to be. The sculpt is fantastic, the usual bang up job one expects from Hasbro (aka Hasblow in certain circumstances). Despite my usual reservations with Star Wars figures, this guy just looked way too cool to pass up, and I’m glad I didn’t. Not only does the sculpt look like an awesomely buffed up Nosferatu, but there’s actually some subtle wash work on the armor that just plain showcase the love that went into this guy.
Now one thing I absolutely detest about Star Wars is the articulation. Specifically the hips, but also the inconsistencies between figures. Well, I’ve got some good news and some bad news here. The good news is that the Yuuzhan Vong warrior has the same type and points of articulation as your standard Stormtrooper. The bad news is that the Yuuzhan Vong warrior has the same type and points of articulation as your standard Stormtrooper.
This means that he has that awesome Hasbro socketed hinge joint for all his major points (although, only swivel head), but like the Stormtrooper, he’s got that 90s level swivel hips, which means he can’t spread his legs out to the side. It’s not as limiting as the Stormtrooper’s though, as the Yuuzhan Vong doesn’t have any belt “kibble” getting in the way, so he can at least swing his legs back and forth more freely than your typical Stormtrooper, and on a big, brutish guy like this, I’m not as choked up with the lost of potential articulation as I would be with a regular Star Wars figure. It doesn’t hurt that his huge Ronald McDonald feet help him to retain balance.
Finally, in terms of accessories, the Yuuzhan Vong comes with his trusty alien snake staff. It’s relatively rigid, so no writhing snake action, but it’s a cool little extra. Considering his bulk, a lack of varied accessories doesn’t bother me as much, since I feel like I’ve got my money’s worth in plastic.
One of the few SW figures I’d recommend. I would army build the Yuuzhan Vong, but my budget doesn’t allow me to do that, and given all the toys I’ve been getting lately… still, this is a pretty darn good toy to not just have, but have multiples of. A pity that he’s part of a 2-pack, but if you can get him loose, he’s worth it.
Pros: Big and imposing. Looks terrific. Well articulated. Stormtrooper level engineering.
Cons: It’s a SW figure. One of the best, but it still means he’s got 80s hip articulation.
3.4 out of 4.0
0.0 – 0.0 = I’d pay to get rid of it
0.1 – 0.5 = I’d give it away
0.6 – 1.0 = I wouldn’t take it for free
1.1 – 1.5 = Very Bad
1.6 – 2.0 = Bad
2.1 – 2.5 = Average
2.6 – 3.0 = Good
3.1 – 3.5 = Very Good
3.6 – 4.0 = Excellent