Monday, January 19, 2009

Figure of the Day: Day 939: Anakin Skywalker

ANAKIN SKYWALKER with Assassin Droid
30th Anniversary Collection Comic Packs
Item No.:
Asst. 87504 No. 87528
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #11
Includes: Comic, lightsaber, Assassin Droid
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $9.99
Availability: Fall 2007
Appearances: Clone Wars

Image: Adam Pawlus' desk.

Bio: The battle is going badly for the Republic on Jabiim. Separatist forces are launching their final strike, and Republic forces are in retreat. Only a handful of Padawans, whose Masters have been killed in battle, stand between the Republic forces and the approaching Separatists with their Pollux A-Series Assassin Droids. The Padawans decide to fight the Separatists, giving the Republic forces time to escape. Anakin chooses to join them in their brave yet futile last stand, but fate has other plans for young Skywalker. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Commentary: As Anakin Skywalker figures go this is another favorite. The numerous comics and books allow for dozens of variations on his regular costume, this one allowing him to trade in his floor-length robes for a sort of a quasi duster instead. While this stiff plastic coat does get in the way of him sitting, it does make him look especially cool. While not a movie figure, it looks like it could be and that's part of its brilliance. Most of the costume appears to be taken straight from the films, with added mud and dirt to simulate his time during the rainy war on Jabiim. Articulation fans will largely be pleased here, as he is almost super articulated. The only thing missing are ankle joints, and his "skirt" blocks some of the hip movement. This is a figure that's mostly going to be doing standing and fighting, so if you aren't bothered by his inability to sit you're going to like this one. While there are many Anakin figures from the Clone Wars era, they're mostly all pretty fantastic-- this one is no exception. As such, I think you'd like it if you got one, especially since he has a wonderful companion droid figure.

Collector's Notes: A popular set, it was repackaged in 2008 and offered for quite a while. If you aren't picky as to the packaging, you can get this one for a cheap price.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 939: January 19, 2009

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