The latest (ie, upcoming and currently available for pre-order) additions to Gentle Giant's jumbo Star Wars line (which seeks to replicate the look of the original Kenner Star Wars figures but does so in the significantly larger (and pricier) 12-inch scale) are a rocket-firing Boba Fett, a Gamorrean Guard, and a Cantina playset.
The Rocket Firing Boba Fett will undoubtedly be seen as the most iconic figure in this set, largely due to the somewhat infamous original mail-away campaign (which failed to deliver on the advertised rocket-firing feature). While the original may have lacked its rocket gimmick due to safety concerns, the Gentle Giant version is based on the unreleased prototype which means you can have your rocket and fire it, too.
The Gamorrean Guard might not carry Boba Fett's appeal, but he's still a solid upscaling of his 3.75-inch counterpart. I've always liked the look of the Gamorrean Guard although I can't say that I've ever owned a figure of the character (possibly excluding in Galoob's Micromachines line) and likely won't buy this version either.
The Cantina playset is in scale with the figures which means that it's rather large. The playset listed as being 37.5-inches wide, 21-inches deep and 20.7-inches tall. While supposedly a faithful reproduction of the original and also a neat display area for the figures, I can't imagine that many people will spring US$85 for little more than a cardboard cut-out.
All three items are currently available for pre-order with an expected first quarter release. The figures are US$77 each while the cardboard playset is US$85 (yeah, I'm not sure if I understand it either). Anybody planning to bring one of these big toys home?
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