Thursday, April 30, 2009

Figure of the Day: Day 1,012: Taun We

TAUN WE Kamino Cloner
Saga Basic Figures Collection 2
Item No.:
Asst. 84861 No. 84822
Number: #0225
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Includes: Clone canister
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $4.99
Availability: March/April 2002
Appearances: Attack of the Clones

Bio: Taun We is aide to Lama Su, the Prime Minister of Kamino. Willowy and refined, Taun We is a sylph-like creature with large eyes and a gentle voice. She greets Obi-Wan Kenobi when he arrives at the cloning facilities of Tipoca City, and she later introduces him to the mysterious clone host Jango Fett. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam's desk.

Commentary: It was pretty exciting to see Taun We at retail in 2002, given she was such a strange looking alien and one that fans didn't immediately hate. Like some other CG races we've seen. No, Ms. We was a welcome release as a thin, tall figure with limited articulation. Her dress prevents much leg movement, but her head and arms and waist can swivel just fine. She doesn't pop apart, and her costume helps her keep upright without the assistance of a display stand. There's not a lot of color to her, but that's OK, this means she's authentic. The sculptors did a good job on her, except for one little thing-- she's short. Lama Su in 2003 is more than a head taller than she is, meaning the two Kaminoans look funky when standing next to one another on a display shelf. Solution: do not stand them next to each other. She's well-designed as a toy in that she won't fall apart, but all she can really do is stand around and look cool. So this one is a mixed bag, but a must-buy for fans of the character or race.

Collector's Notes: This one-time release has since faded into obscurity-- don't expect to see her again. Be thankful she's cheap on the secondary market.

Day 1,012: April 30, 2009

1 comment:

Michael said...

I have bought many figures of her to get the Clone Chamber accessories from her.