Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Figure of the Day: Day 1,251: Agen Kolar

AGEN KOLAR Jedi Master
The Legacy Collection Basic Figures
Item No.:
Asst. 87535 No. 92183
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #BD43
Includes: Lightsaber, droid part
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $7.99
Availability: November 2009
Appearances: Revenge of the Sith

Bio: Agen Kolar is one of the Jedi who join Mace Windu to arrest Chancellor Palpatine. When Palpatine ignites his lightsaber, Kolar and the rest of the Jedi also ignite their weapons. The Chancellor leaps over his desk and fatally strikes Kolar. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' Arena playset.

Commentary: Because Hasbro is special, this Agen Kolar figure has the wrong color of lightsaber-- it's green here, and should be blue. Actually, the figure is a mix of appearances, and the figure itself isn't exactly authentic to any on-screen appearance-- but it's part of the Revenge of the Sith assortment, so that's what we're going with. The figure itself is basically a modified 2005 Agen Kolar, now he has better arm articulation, a new head, and shorter robes around his waist. Other than that, he's pretty much the same guy, leaving one to wonder why Hasbro updated him when they could just as easily have reissued the old one and colored the blade of his weapon blue. Alas, it was not meant to be. It's a decent enough figure but one of those upgrades where most fans probably won't see the reason to blow the eight bucks, other than to get the droid part or those slightly improved points of articulation. It's more than being merely just different enough to make you mad, but it's certainly a sign of diminishing returns. It's not interesting enough to justify its own existence, other than to be yet another new Jedi to sell to a wider, non-collector audience who seems to have bought him up more or less so far.

Collector's Notes: This figure shipped in a couple of waves and were I a betting man I would expect him to show up again in the coming year. Hasbro sure likes their Jedi revisions.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,251: March 31, 2010


Unknown said...

The head of the original ROTS release was better. It had separate parts cast for the head and the hair. I wish Hasbro would do more of this. I would prefer it to extra articulation since it seems the paint applications always seem to be way less than perfect.

The Right Noble Lord Edzo said...

In 2005, Agen Kolar was the only Jedi not to have been packaged with a soft-goods cloak. This wasn't remedied in the subsequent Jedi vs. Darth Sidious Battle Pack. In 2009, Hasbro didn't pack him with a cloak at all. That sucks. Clearly, Hasbro isn't finished reissuing this character. The next time should be the last, and include the blue lightsaber *and* a soft-goods cloak.

Rob Froelich said...

I was excited to get this guy since he made near perfect custom fodder for me to create a figure that matched the Zabrak Jedi character I played on Star Wars Galaxies for several years (though I can't bear the NGE).