Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Figure of the Day: Day 368: Poggle the Lesser

POGGLE THE LESSER Geonosian War Chamber
Saga Screen Scenes Collection
Item No.:
Asst. 84997 No. 84980
Number: 1 of 2
Includes: Cane, half of table, other figures
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $24.99
Availability: Summer 2003
Appearances: Attack of the Clones

Bio: Poggle the Lesser was the Archduke of Geonosis before and during the Clone Wars, and was a leading member of the Separatist Council. As planetary leader of the Geonosians and a member of the Techno Union, Poggle controlled the vast droid factories found on his planet. (Stolen from Wookieepedia.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' toy shelves.

Commentary: There's not a lot of articulation on Poggle the Lesser but sometimes, a little is enough. This being the first release of the character as an action figure (another would follow in 2006), the colors are a bit muted, the pose is a little more action oriented (or at least active), and well, he can stand around. Due to how the figure was designed, he can't do much other than stand around menacingly-- sure, he can move his arms and legs, but the v-hips prevent him from looking normal while being seated. This is a great figure for dioramas, but as a toy, it fails-- he's not going to go in any ships because of his wings, and he's devoid of action features that may make him fun for the kiddies. What you see is what you get, folks.

Collector's Notes: The 2006 release has better coloring and a display stand, but the 2003 release has half a war room table, Count Dooku, and San Hill. Which will you buy? Decisions, decisions. Until San Hill is available separately, or elsewhere, this set should be on your must-buy list if you like prequel toys.

Day 368: May 9, 2007

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