Quick & Dirty Review: Wal-Mart TVC Paploo

by Beedo Sookcool
on 2021-07-03, 17:48:45

Just in time for the holiday weekend -- although my wife and I will be working over nearly all of it, and beyond -- a package arrived on our doorstep. A very flimsy package . . . .

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Yup. Wal-Mart sent this eagerly-anticipated collectible in a bleedin' jiffy-mailer. As they are wont to do. Grrrrrrrrr . . . .

So this is the Wal-Mart-exclusive TVC Paploo, yet another frigging exclusive released to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the founding of LucasFilm Limited. As you can see, it replicates the original Vintage figure cardback, right down to putting the wrong damn' Ewok in the photo again. Vintage-"accurate" be damned, this should've been fixed.

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Owing to the flimsy packing, the card got crumpled a bit . . .

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. . . but nowhere near as badly as some poor buggers've gotten from Wal-Mart. I've seen horror stories of cards folded in half and bubbles crushed. Oh, well, I suppose it could've been even worse than getting a dinged card; Wal-Mart could've whimsically cancelled the order without warning or reason, as they are also wont to do. Grrrrrrr . . . .

The cardback shows the other two figures in this Wal-Mart wave, an LFL timeline, and the usual buttload of legal-fegal palaver:

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Paploo comes packed in his bubble-tray as shown:

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And here he is, showing off all his gear and articulation:

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He can hold all his weapons in his hands . . .

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. . . or strike a moderate pose . . .

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. . . but his teeny-tiny feet and awkward hip joints mean he's trickier than usual to stand and balance, and he's not going to be able to hold many dynamic poses without support of some kind.

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Also, his knife and sheath kind of large for him, and get in the way of posing, so you have to move things around until they settle into a "comfortable" position. Immediately behind or in front of his right arm seem to be the best places, but they're still not ideal, even if you slide the belt down. I might end up swapping this belt and knife for the Legacy Collection versions, when I get back home.

General thoughts: I'm not a fan of this new head they've used for him. It's kind of squished laterally, and the facial details aren't very distinct, despite the fact that this is supposed to be a "photo-real" wave of figures. The facial features just get lost in a sea of dark browns, especially if his hood is casting a shadow. I may end up swapping heads with the Legacy Collection one, when I get back home.

Despite these criticisms, his fur texture is decent, the details on his staff, knife, & belt are excellent, and the new hood is about as perfect as one could hope for. They even painted the soles of his feet . . . but no paint apps for any of his nails.

So, is he any good? Yes. He's the best 1/18-scale Paploo ever made. Is he perfect? No. Is he worth getting? Definitely, if you want to improve your Ewok / Rebels / ROTJ display, and you can find one.

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