Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Figure of the Day: Day 910: Breha Organa

The Legacy Collection Basic Figures
Item No.:
Asst. 87535 No. 87822
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #BD27
Includes: Droid part
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $7.99
Availability: November 2008
Appearances: Revenge of the Sith

Bio: Queen Breha Organa is Alderaan's Minister of Education and the wife of Senator Bail Organa. Having longed for a child of her own for many years, Breha eagerly accepts one of Padmé's motherless twins and adopts her as the daughter she always dreamed of having. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' boxes.

Commentary: Fans ask for a lot of figures, but as time goes on it's starting to get painfully obvious that as a group, we have stopped asking for things we want, and are largely asking for things we don't yet own instead. Breha Organa appears in the closing montage in Revenge of the Sith when Bail Organa shows up on Alderaan with baby Leia, and she doesn't really do much of anything. And to make matters worse, the figure itself doesn't seem particularly well-engineered. Her ball-jointed head is extremely loose to the point where it wobbles if you pick it up. Her flowing head... scarf thing makes it easy to move her head on a display, but it also helps keep it roughly in place due to the wonderful force that is gravity. Also, at least on mine, the body under the dress is positioned in such a way that it's difficult to get her to stand. Under her dress, she's just one piece-- you can't position the individually sculpted legs. While I admire the attention to detail, why not just make it a solid piece for stability? It's not like removing the dress will allow the legs to move or anything.

Speaking of the dress, underneath is quite the little hidden surprise. Aside from her shoes and underpantiethings, she's pretty much naked. No shorts, no tights, she's just kinda out there. The sculpting is fine, and the articulation is as expected for a figure of this nature (ball shoulders and elbows, swivel wrists and waist, ball neck) but she still doesn't do much of anything. Wasn't she sitting in the movie? Well, the figure can't sit. At all. There's no way short of cutting her apart and re-sculpting parts of her. It's a shame that after the killer soft goods dress pieces on the Revenge of the Sith Shaak Ti and Luminara Unduli that we're now left with hard plastic pieces which prevent movement. Perhaps it was for the best, but it's a little frustrating to see a minor character released who does nothing in the movie and whose figure can basically only stand and point. Perhaps it's evidence that it's a really good thing Hasbro has a new cartoon series on which to develop toys, as we're slowly running out of second-, third-, and fourth-rate minor background characters to make in plastic.

Collector's Notes: As the first version of the character, it seems likely it will also be the last. As such, get it while you can. The main reason to buy this figure is for the MB-RA-7 leg she includes.

Day 910: December 9, 2008

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