Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Figure of the Day: Day 876: Yaddle

YADDLE with Evan Even Piell
The Legacy Collection Basic Figures
Item No.:
Asst. 87535 No. 89600
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #BD19
Includes: Lightsaber, droid piece, companion Even Piell figure
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $7.99
Availability: September 2008
Appearances: The Phantom Menace

Image: Adam Pawlus' TV tray.

Bio: Jedi Master Yaddle is a member of the Jedi Council and is the same unknown species as Yoda. In contrast to the quiet and thoughtful Yaddle, Jedi Council member Even Piell is known for his humorless and fierce demeanor. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Commentary: Repaint waves are generally a pretty exciting proposition-- you end up with droids, holographic figures, clones, and one or more new characters. This time around, though, Hasbro decided it was high time to reissue and repaint Jedi Master Yaddle, previously sold as part of a screen scene set in 2003. This time around, the figure includes a lightsaber and a paint job that's a little more subtle and true to the movie. The 2003 release was astonishingly vibrant, and this one seems to be slightly darker than the reference photos on the packaging. The figure's deco is largely very good except for a part of her robes which should have been painted just under her chin to match the lighter color of her garment-- it was left unpainted. The figure has the same six points of articulation, and the same basic sculpt. She looks a lot like the puppet used in filming, which is to say, somewhat off-putting. If you missed her the first time around and collect Jedi, I'd say this is probably the better version to get-- the play value of the Jedi council chamber is pretty low, all things considered. But a lightsaber? That's good times when she can keep it in her hands.

Collector's Notes: So far, the set seems to be doing well. Selling two figures for the price of one tends to be a good thing when it comes to moving product, I've found.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 876: October 22, 2008

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