Sunday, July 16, 2006

Figure of the Day: Day 71: Kit Fisto

KIT FISTO Jedi Master
Saga Collection Collection 1
Item No.:
Asst. 84851 No. 84858
Number: 0205
Includes: Lightsaber
Action Feature: Pull arms for slashing action!
Retail: $4.99
Availability: April 2002
Appearances: Primarily Attack of the Clones

Bio: A determined and resourceful Jedi, Kit Fisto tenaciously holds to the goal of maintaining peace throughout the galaxy and defending the honor of the Jedi Code. Sent to Geonosis to rescue Padmé, Anakin and Obi-Wan, Kit valiantly battles against overwhelming odds. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' toy shelf.

Commentary: Rarely is the first attempt the best, but as far as movie-renditions go, Hasbro has yet to top this awesome Kit Fisto. With lots of articulation and a decent slashing attack, it's a pretty good figure with a decent facial expression. It isn't super-articulated, but it's moveable. He has a magnet in his hand for his lightsaber which is essentially worthless, articulated wrists, and beyond that, more or less the normal points of articulation. The tunic doesn't have a lot of deco detail on it, but the head is colored just like the movie and is easily the best of the three Kit Fisto figure heads. His angry face is a little odd for the character as he's often presented with a big smile, but hey, it could be like a Mirror Universe Kit Fisto. Just give him a beard.

Collector's Notes: Few figures have I seen blown out in a shopping cart at the front of a Wal-Mart for $1, but this was one of them. It's a shame, really, as it's a great figure. It was very easy to get at launch and more or less vanished as the year went on, and to date, this particular version of Kit Fisto has yet to be rereleased. A swimming version was made for Clone Wars, and a Revenge of the Sith version was also produced but with its large eyes and iffy coloring, well, there's a reason this is the definitive one. Also, there's a Galactic Heroes Kit Fisto for the tiny tots in which he has his dark cloak over his normal robes, and a 12-inch figure from Sideshow.

Many fans have also speculated that this figure is the reason that Masters of the Universe's new release of the character Fisto had to be renamed Battle Fist-- as apparently their lack of use allowed the name "Fisto" to be given up and available to all who use it. This sort of thing happens with a lot of toys, and while not confirmed to be the situation here, it is possible. So hey, Kit Fisto: powered by Grayskull!

Day 71: July 16, 2006

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