Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Figure of the Day: Day 1,005: Colonel Wullf Yularen

The Saga Collection Diamond Exclusive
Item No.:
No. 87268
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: Imperial Blaster
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $39.99
Availability: January 2007
Appearances: Star Wars

Bio: Though none of the officers present know it, Yularen is an agent of the Imperial Security Bureau tasked with informing on any treasonous activity among the officer corps abord the Death Star. (Taken from the figure's box.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' living room.

Commentary: One of the Imperials that fans have been asking about for ages is Colonel Wullf Yularen, mostly because he has facial hair and a unique white costume that really stood out on the Death Star. In early 2007, we got our wish, and now we see him as a younger man serving in the Clone Wars. The character's rank and history is complicated and likely full of contradictions, and the figure is similarly argued over. Cast in a cream colored off-white plastic, some fans insist he's supposed to have darker pants and a white shirt. I haven't really done the research to verify this, but the look of the uniform seems more "right" as seen here than with this costume.

Based on the Jerjerrod body with the Ozzel legs, this figure has modified hands and a new head, plus the new coloring. He has difficulty sitting, but the cut joints at the shoulders, elbows, and wrists allow for limited movement above the waist joint. The head is a ball joint, and overall, this is a little weak because this figure and his box-mates were in a scene where they were all seated at a table, and none of these figures could actually sit at a table. It's unfortunate, but it still looks quite nice. Just don't expect to be able to properly recreate the briefing scene.

Collector's Notes: This set lingered. A lot of web stores are out of it, but Suncoasts, movie stores, comic shops, and other smaller toy stores may still have it. On eBay, it isn't hard to get the set for under $25 before shipping is factored in. Given the set has six pretty great Imperials and yet another Darth Vader, I'd argue it's worth your money. You should be able to get him loose for under $10 shipped, which is why I think you should spring the big money and get the whole set instead.

Day 1,005: April 21, 2009


Ben Carthage said...

I thought this was one of the best boxed sets hasbro has ever done. Granted, it's just a bunch of stuffy Imperials (and yet another Vader) standing around, but it's completely hit-or-miss. You don't have to buy the whole set to get the one new trooper/droid/pilot. You either pretty much wanted the whole set or didn't want any part of it. Brilliant execution, IMO.

The Right Noble Lord Edzo said...

Bummer for this guy, getting demoted from a flag officer in the Republic to a colonel in the New Order. Maybe that was the price for "crossing over" to the ranks of the Galactic Empire? Nah, must be something else ... after all, the Republic's Lieutenant Commander Lorth Needa was eventually *promoted* to captain. Am I rankled by this rank stuff? You bet!

Anonymous said...

My goodness, Adam. 'I haven't taken thirty seconds to LOOK AT STAR WARS but I'll just go ahead and assume every other fan is wrong about Yularen's uniform'?

It's hard to express how brainless this article is. Yularen has black pants. You are supposed to know things about Star Wars. Out of all the figures you could have chosen, you pick one you don't know the very basics about, and just make things up off the top of your head. My goodness.

Adam16bit said...