Friday, October 17, 2008

Figure of the Day: Day 873: Bail Organa

BAIL ORGANA & Obi-Wan Kenobi
30th Anniversary Collection Wal-Mart Comic Packs
Item No.:
Asst. 87557 No. 87558
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: Blaster, robes, baby, comic book, Obi-Wan figure
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $11.99
Availability: January 2008
Appearances: Revenge of the Sith

Image: Adam Pawlus' toy room floor.

Bio: Darkness descends over the galaxy as Palpatine's power increases and Darth Vader joins him as his Sith apprentice. The former Anakin Skywalker is unaware that his beloved Padmé gave birth to twins after their final meeting. And if those children are to remain alive, he must never know they exist. So Obi-Wan secretly brings Leia to Bail Organa and his wife, who will raise her as their daughter. Then he travels to Tatooine, where Owen and Beru Lars become the guardians of their nephew, Luke Skywalker. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Commentary: Hasbro sure seems to be milking this Bail Organa mold. We got one in 2005, another with a baby in late 2005, and now, we got the baby one in new colors with a cloth cloak and a comic book. The figure has the same articulation and deco you're used to, except little Leia has a pink blanket and Bail is draped in a cloth... uh... what the Hell is that he's wearing, anyway? A space toga? It basically fits well, and compliments the figure nicely. Bail has 12 points of articulation and a blaster holster, which is on the happy side of decent. Especially since, you know, he can sit. (This is very important.) The figure is a must-buy if you don't have any Bails, or if you'd like a baby Leia figure. It may be the best overall Bail Organa that Hasbro has made yet, and there's a little room for improvement. After a few releases it's tough to really go on about it, but it's certainly decent-- and the original 2005 Bail was a pretty weak seller. So yeah, I don't expect a new mold any time soon unless the character makes appearances in future television projects.

Collector's Notes: A Wal-Mart exclusive, this set was a little tough to get in some markets. I saw these in retail on a road trip once-- but others tell me it was quite common.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 873: October 17, 2008

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