Friday, November 28, 2008

Figure of the Day: Day 903: Holographic Yoda

HOLOGRAPHIC YODA Kashyyyk Transmission
Revenge of the Sith Toys "R" Us Exclusive
Item No.:
No. 85732
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: Stand, lightsaber
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $9.99 or free with purchase
Availability: April 2005
Appearances: Revenge of the Sith

Bio: Jedi Master Yoda, a close friend of the Wookiees, travels to their homeworld of Kashyyyk to help personally spearhead the Republic defense of that planet. While there, the revered Jedi sends a holographic transmission to the Jedi Council to discuss recent ominous events. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' Imperial Troop Transporter.

Commentary: There was a time, many moons ago, where a clear unpainted figure was an exciting novelty. This Holographic Yoda was one such toy-- an exclusive, based on an existing mold, but without all that paint. The clear purple plastic is pretty striking, and the accessories are essentially invisible against light carpet. There isn't much in the way of innovation here, beyond marketing. The figure is a little expensive for what it was, although it's not like you have another option for getting such a Jedi. Based on a mold from 2003, this figure costs more and has less. Heck, back in 2003, the Yoda was not only painted but it included a hoverchair, a cane, and oh yes-- a second figure. Oh well. Basically, this is a collector's figure. I don't think your average kid would have a lot of fun with it, but as one of those kids who spent his allowance tracking down every little bit of Star Wars I could, who am I to second guess the nation's youth? Given that the figure was cast in purple, which went out of vogue by the end of 2005 as far as holographic figures go, I don't think it's impossible to expect a blue version in the next few years. There's generally good money in core characters, so really, it's a matter of "if" over "when." Oh, the figure has articulation which qualifies as decent. You can move him at the leg (one leg, both are stuck together), the head, the shoulders, and swivels at the elbows. As Yodas go, he's pretty good.

Collector's Notes: For the fan who needs everything, for the Yoda fiend, or for those who admire figures which are closer to ice sculptures.

Day 903: November 28, 2008

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