Posted by Mark on February 18, 2005 at 04:05 PM CST
It's hard living up to the standards of evil Darth Vader set in the Classic Trilogy, but this guy certainly looks like he's willing to give it a try. Hasbro's second ROTS Grievous figure is just slightly more animated than the Sneak Preview version. Wielding four weapons at a time, he's definitely ticked off about something. While the individual arms are not articulated, shoulder joints allow for various poses. Integrating the action feature with the head of the figure was a nice way to avoid the unsightly buttons and wheels found in the Saga line. The action feature itself doesn’t come off all that well, but at least the figure is nice to look at and poses well.
You know, when Hasbro makes vehicles like this, it just makes you wonder why they can't seem to make vehicles more often. General Grievous' Wheel Bike is one of the coolest Star Wars vehicles released this year. The dual rotating wheels and fully articulated legs are most impressive, and the design is as sinister as its driver. The single drawback to this set is the Grievous figure; molded in soft plastic and formed oddly, it's just too cheap for such a nicely done vehicle. Hopefully the Wheel Bike will accommodate other Grievous figures, but if not at least the bike alone is well worth the sticker price.