Friday, April 10, 2009

Figure of the Day: Day 998: Even Piell

The Legacy Collection Basic Figures
Item No.:
Asst. 87535 No. 89600
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #BD19
Includes: Lightsaber, droid piece, companion Yaddle figure
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $7.99
Availability: September 2008
Appearances: The Phantom Menace

Bio: Jedi Master Yaddle is a member of the Jedi Council and is the same unknown species as Yoda. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam's TV tray.

Commentary: If you thought you saw Even Piell before, you're right. Hasbro made one in 2003 [FOTD #155], but it was painted slightly differently and didn't include a lightsaber. Since a lot of fans joined the hobby since then, and others don't mind re-buying slightly different and improved figures, this is one you may wish to add to your collection.

The figure is still basically the same-- no useful leg articulation, limited arm articulation, etc. This figure was designed to stand around and look good, not to sit in a chair or anything like that. Now that he has a lightsaber, he's a little more interesting. After all, standing around and pointing is fun, but nothing says "action" like an actual small plastic weapon. Hasbro is pretty good at making toys, but this is basically a diorama/collector figure. It looks cool, and it's reasonably sturdy (the arms may pop apart), but you really want to leave this one in dioramas. If you get only one Even Piell, this is the one to get.

Collector's Notes: Either release of Mr. Piell is pretty good, but this one's overall deco is slightly superior. If you want the Jedi Council bases, get the 2003 Saga Scene. If you want superior paint and a lightsaber, get this version. If you don't care, go buy another Boba Fett. The figure is pretty much out of circulation as of today, so if you see it you may wish to snap it up.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 998: April 10, 2009

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