Monday, September 11, 2006

Figure of the Day: Day 128: Yoda

YODA Battle of Geonosis
The Saga Collection
Item No.:
Asst. 85700 No. 87054
Number: #019
Includes: Lightsaber, lightning, stand, cloak, cane
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $5.24
Availability: Spring 2006
Appearances: Primarily Attack of the Clones

Bio: Jedi Master Yoda swoops down on the Geonosis arena aboard a Republic gunship flown by clone pilots. He arrives just in time as a horde of battle droids surrounds the Jedi Knights. The clone army repels the droids and a full-scale battle breaks out. Amid the chaos and confusion, Yoda follows his instincts to a dark hangar where Count Dooku has injured Obi-Wan and Anakin. Yoda and Dooku battle to a stalemate, but Yoda senses the cloud of the dark side has grown stronger. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' Saga Collection prequel shelf.

Commentary: Along with the Emperor from yesterday, this Yoda has been packaged and repackaged time and again. This figure takes a 2005 Yoda, adds a bolt of lightning from 2002, a stand, and says it's from a different movie. The figure has ball joints on the feet, shoulders, and neck, with normal joints at the wrists and hips. It's about as jointed as a Yoda can get, and it has a nice sculpt to boot. It's a good figure in and of itself, and if you don't already own this sculpt, it's a nice configuration-- if you want a stand (and you do) and/or don't want a giant Yoda-sized Kashyyyk cannon (and you don't.) I like this figure a lot for what it aspires to be, but it may be overkill as far as your collection is concerned. For the purposes of some duels and some poses, this is the best Yoda, although his cloak is a little annoying as it by and large restricts articulation. It is, however, easily removed.

Collector's Notes: You can also get this figure (with different accessories) in the Revenge of the Sith collection, the Heroes & Villains collection, and the Skirmish in the Senate Battle Pack. To name a few. Odds are you'll see it again elsewhere. With the exception of the stand, though, the 2006 Saga Collection version is cobbled together from other Yoda figures from over the years, so if you want the accessories, you may already have them or can get them with another figure.

Day 128: September 11, 2006

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