Sunday, July 9, 2006

Figure of the Day: Day 64: Anakin Skywalker

Epsiode I Collection 1
Item No.:
Asst. 84085 No. 84074
Number: n/a
Includes: Grease gun, backpack, CommTech Chip
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $6.99
Availability: May 1999
Appearances: Primarily Episode I

Bio: Only nine years old, Anakin Skywalker began life as a slave on Tatooine. After winning his freedom, he will be trained to become a Jedi. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam's Pawlus' stairs.

Commentary: In May of 1999, fans were lucky to be treated to three "early" release at the first Star Wars Celebration in Denver. Aside from Ms. Nabierre and Mr. Binks, Anakin Skywalker helped to usher in a new age of figures. Thinner figures. With more articulation. Of course, Anakin only has six joints, so he's about as articulated as all the older figures. Since he was decked out with dirty hair, a messy backpack, a few paint variations, and a grease gun, fans flocked toward the boy who would be Darth Vader and he sold fairly well despite being disliked after seeing the movie. (I guess fans expected a nine-year-old to skewer villains with his lightsaber and choke puppies.) The figure itself is a good, but not magnificent, representation of Jake Lloyd with a good representation of the costume and a "good enough" head sculpt. It isn't bad, but it could be updated after a few years and rereleased as a new, improved release.

Collector's Notes: Hasbro ignored the bulk of Episode I characters after the first year of the movie, releasing another young Anakin Skywalker in 2000 and since then, has ignored the character in this iteration. While several versions of Ani were made (Podrace driver, mechanic, Pilot, the game version of the Pilot, Padawan, Mos Espa Showdown, and Tatoonie Encounter,) this was pretty much as good as it got. Sure, he got more articulation or new hats, but this is a solid figure unto itself.

Day 64: July 9, 2006

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