Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Figure of the Day: Day 1,240: Anakin Skywalker (Obsession)

30th Anniversary Collection Comic Packs
Item No.:
Asst. 87504 No. 87621
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #02
Includes: Blasters, helmet, Anakin figure
Action Feature: Working holsters, removable helmet
Retail: $12.99
Availability: July 2008
Appearances: Clone Wars comic books

Bio: Anakin accompanies Obi-Wan to the Karthakk system, where they hope to prevent the assassination of a Corellian merchant. They board the merchant's damaged space yacht - and walk right into a trap set by Durge, a centuries-old bounty hunter. Anakin battles the powerful Durge in a grueling contest of strength and cunning. Durge has wired the ship with explosives and escapes before the blast, but the bounty hunter makes a fatal error when he underestimates Anakin's skill with the Force. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' floor.

Commentary: This Anakin Skywalker is a bit of an odd duck, evolutionarily speaking. Released after the 2008 resculpt with ball-jointed hips and a revised head, this figure is based on the 2005 sculpt except for the head and some minor changes to his lower robes-- the cloth soft goods on the side are still there, as are 14 points of articulation. (But don't get too excited, the elbows are cut joints rather than ball joints.) It's a pretty solid figure, although the blue comic deco tint makes him feel a little sickly. His head looks particularly distressed, which is appropriate for a Jedi in the middle of battle. His hair hangs down differently, he looks angrier, and his garments are recolored to look close to the film, but noticeably different. I'd suggest adding this one to your toy box if you like to collect multiple versions of a character, as he's different enough to make you happy. (See what I did there?)

Collector's Notes: Some complain the set was too common, others too scarce. It sells for about $10-$15 at press time, which is pretty fair. Not great, but certainly not awful. It's probably worth it to get both this Anakin as well as the revised Durge.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,240: March 16, 2010

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