Episode I Collection 3
Item No.: Asst. 84105 No. 84124
Includes: Lightsaber, cloak, CommTech Chip
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: May 3, 1999
Appearances: Episode I
Bio: A member of the esteemed 12-member Jedi Council, Adi Gallia and her colleagues must make the fateful decision whether or not Anakin Skywalker will be trained as a Jedi. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)
Image: The toy shelves of Adam Pawlus.
Commentary: In 1999, fans decided they wanted all of the Jedi Council members and Pod Racers from Episode I. With Adi Gallia, Hasbro hit the ground running to make sure fans got their fill of Jedi warriors, unfortunately it took a while to finish the set and as far as Pod Racers go, well, that's another column. Adi Gallia turned out fairly well-- she has a good sculpt with excellent texturing on her garments. Her deco is OK on some samples and not so great on others, so be sure to look her over when you buy one. Her red lightsaber was assigned to her before the idea of "All Jedi have green or blue Lightsabers" was handed down, although it is consistent with most Expanded Universe materials released at the time. So points to Hasbro for getting it as correct as everybody else did.
The figure has seven points of articulation, which, when her cloak is on, are pretty much all rendered useless. So once you take it off, she can be posed in a few meaningful ways, but she isn't super-articulated and she can't even sit particularly well. As such, there's room for improvement, but given the character's overall lack of popularity, I'm not expecting a new version. If you want all the Jedi, you may as well go back and buy this figure-- she's good enough, she's an excellent figure from 1999, and she's probably not going to return to stores again any time soon.
Collector's Notes: I had a real hard time finding a good sample of this figure for my collection-- the eyes are generally painted poorly. Also, Adi Gallia is known for using her backhand lightsaber technique-- but I decided I like it this other way better. Another Adi Gallia was sold for the Jedi Council figure packs, which used this mold with retooled legs. The exact same figure was used to make a Jedi Council Stass Allie, which I guess is someone's way of saying that all people with this hat look alike to toy executives.
Day 287: February 17, 2007