Friday, October 19, 2012

A Fairly Cool Exclusive, The Ewok Scouts Two-Pack Is Worth Hunting Down!


The Good: Appropriate and well-made accessories, Good sculpt and coloring, Incredible articulation, Collectible value
The Bad: Could have used a third Ewok for the price . . .
The Basics: The Ewok Scouts Vintage action figure set is a decent way to augment one’s Ewok village to help Endor toy scenarios pop.


I am not, as a general rule, a fan of Ewoks or even Return Of The Jedi. And yet, for my recent birthday, part of the excitement for me was the toy assortment my wife gifted me. She tracked down all three of the Kmart exclusives for my birthday and the final one I have to review is the Ewok Scouts two-pack. This follows on the heels of the Scout Walker AT-ST (reviewed here!) and Endor AT-ST Crew two-pack (reviewed here!) and fleshes out well one’s Endor toy assortment as Kmart augments the end of the Vintage Collection toy line.

For the money, I think the Ewok Scouts should have been a three-pack.

The Ewok Scouts appeared at the climax of Return Of The Jedi (reviewed here!), on the forest moon of Endor. As the Empire invaded Endor to utilize the forest moon as a base for its shield generator, the Ewoks rebelled and Widdle Warwick and Wunka helped them defend the forest community.

The 4" Ewok Scouts figure two-pack follow Hasbro’s quality level for the Vintage Collection and features the two Ewoks in a special box.

Basics

The Ewok Scouts is a two-pack that includes two virtually identical figures that are furry Ewoks, colored differently. Both figures in the Ewok Scouts, Widdle and Wunka, stand 3 5/16" tall. This Ewok Scouts are identical except for their heads and accompanying headresses. Both are cast with textured bodies to represent their fur. Each figure is made entirely of hard plastic, save the headresses, and they are one of the least-detailed Star Wars figures in the Vintage line.

This toy is a decent sculpt, especially for a figure that is supposed to be a pretty generic creature character with no uniform. Cast with realistic proportions, they look like dumpy little teddy bears with flat feet. The sculpts are accurate enough that they include such details as diner and toe nails and the teeth in their scowling mouths.

The Ewok Scouts are very basically colored. One figure is black, the other is brown. The fingernail areas on each are a gray-brown, as are their toes. Both feature tiny black eyes with white pupils and well-colored teeth that look remarkably clean for creatures who live in the forest.

Accessories

Both members of the Ewok Scouts come with an accessory. One comes with a stone ax. It is 2” tall stick with what appears to be a rock blade “tied” to it. The detailing on the leather that connects the “wood” and “rock” elements is fantastic and this level of detailing compliments the figure perfectly.

The other Ewok Scout comes with a 2 1/16” tall gnarled looking stick.

Playability

The four inch toy line was designed for play and the Ewok Scouts are pretty impressive in that regard, despite how short they are. The figures are incredibly articulated and well-balanced. The Ewok Scouts figures have great balance, arguably because the amazing articulation provides so many posing options that it is easy to find the figure’s equilibrium. Like virtually every other Star Wars figure, they have the standard holes in the feet that allow this figure to be posed in more outlandish poses on the playsets and toys that have the matching foot pegs!

The Vintage Collection Ewok Scouts figures are high on articulation. Each figure has ten points of articulation, some of which are ball and socket joints. These figures are articulated at the ankles, shoulders, wrists, groin socket, neck and waist. This provides the consumer with incredible options for play and display of these creatures!

Collectibility

The Ewok Scouts is part of the Vintage Colleciton four-inch series, but was exclusive to the two-pack and released only at Kmart. Locally, three of the four Kmarts are sold out so this seems to be a pretty impressive draw (unless people buying them are hoarders).

Overview

Even for those who are not a huge fan of Ewoks, the Ewok Scouts are a good exclusive set, though they are a bit pricy at the initial price.

For other Vintage Collection figures of characters from Return Of The Jedi, please check out my reviews of:
VCP3 Boba Fett (Mail-Away)
VC09 Boba Fett
VC22 Admiral Ackbar
VC48 Weequay Skiff Master
VC65 TIE Fighter Pilot
VC87 Luke Skywalker (Lightsaber Construction)
VC88 Princess Leia (Sandstorm Outfit)
VC89 Lando Calrissian (Sandstorm Outfit)
VC90 Colonel Cracken
VC91 Rebel Pilot (Mon Calamari)

7/10

For other toy reviews, please check out my index page!

© 2012 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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2 comments:

  1. I hope you have a nice day! Very good article, well written and very thought out. I am looking forward to reading more of your posts in the future.teddy bears

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    1. Thanks for reading! I'm glad you've enjoyed the review!

      Please be sure to check out my Star Wars Toy Index Page if you'd like more reviews of figures!

      -W.L.

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