Saga Basic Figures Collection 1
Item No.: Asst. 84851 No. 84906
Includes: Lightsaber, weapon rack, rifle, gaffi stick
Action Feature: Jedi Power Kick!
Availability: Fall 2002
Appearances: Attack of the Clones
Bio: Thrust into the midst of galactic turmoil when he is assigned to protect Senator Padme Amidala, Anakin returns home to Tatooine in an unsanctioned mission. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)
Commentary: When this Anakin Skywalker came out I wasn't sure if I liked it or not. I guess this hasn't changed much. On paper, it's great-- he has tons of accessories, added articulation, a magnet in his hand, and an improved likeness. He also has soft goods used for part of his robes, which makes movement work better. That's the good news-- unfortunately the action feature mucks up his ability to stand properly and that knee joint doesn't do him any favors. His added arm articulation doesn't make up for a strangely posed body, and that Jedi Power Kick? I'm still not sure if I'm doing it right. Hasbro's attempt to be clever basically mucked this one up. Thankfully the magnet basically works just fine, and will still grab the lightsaber if you get close enough. That's an action feature that always makes me happy.
I like this figure because it's a cheap source of extra Tusken gear, and because it's an OK Jedi figure. It is not impressive, although I would say that the Attack of the Clones-style Anakin Skywalker still needs work. The Evolutions figure has a strangely painted face and an awkward cloth robe over his body, and all the rest have something with them that makes them a less than fantastic toy. So while this one isn't great, I wouldn't really suggest any of them to you as being perfect just yet. Hasbro has room to improve here still. You don't really need this one unless you want a genocidal Anakin or really dig the pose or accessories. You can make this figure look good if you mess with it, but as a toy he was never really any fun for me.
Collector's Notes: A one-timer, available in late 2002 and then finito.
Day 1,057: July 2, 2009