Thursday, April 14, 2011

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,522: Ysanne Isard

YSANNE ISARD and Baron Soontir Fel
The Legacy Collection Entertainment Earth Exclusive Comic Packs
Item No.:
Asst. 87504 No. 19683
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #17
Includes: Blaster
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $19.99
Availability: November 2010
Appearances: X-Wing: Rogue Squadron comic books

Bio: Soontir Fel and Ysanne Isard are one-time allies who find themselves on opposite sides after the fall of the Empire. Fel is a starfighter pilot and an Imperial hero who defects to the New Republic. Isard is the devious Director of Imperial Intelligence who manipulates events to reach the pinnacle of power. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' desk.

Commentary: In 2009 it became painfully apparent that some combination of Hasbro and retailer support was going to lead to the end of the comic pack line-- several were tooled up, but never made it out. In late 2010, they found a home at Entertainment Earth bringing figures like Ysanne Isard to the fans. While they weren't instant sell-outs, they did turn out pretty well and it's nice to see these items see production at all. Isard is a simple repaint with a new head, but it works really well. The body is that of Juno Eclipse/Deena Shan, but painted in red and topped off with an entirely new head sculpt that brings you her white bangs and red eye. While not typically shown wearing gloves, well, it's not like it's a bad thing for someone to be wearing, I suppose. The recycled rank badge is also not exactly perfect, but, again, that's the nature of the beast when getting some of these increasingly obscure characters-- recycle parts, or get nothing at all.

She can stand and look good, but sitting is a little difficult due to her lower coat piece. That's really just fine, because it's not like she's known for flying a ship and there aren't many playsets for her to sit at in the first place. While the figure has a couple of minor changes from the artwork, it's still a great figure-- the head is good, the color is right, and she looks appropriately mean. When it comes to the director of Imperial Intelligence, you're going to want mean.

Collector's Notes: The figure was "canceled" as a mainline item and eventually ended up online as an exclusive. As such, order online, or from a collector-friendly store that buys products from EE Distribution if you want this one. Or wait.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,522: April 14, 2011


Ben Carthage said...

Another character I didn't much care (or know) about, but I liked the design, the red suit really works. And I agree, better mostly recycled than nothing at all. Overall I was very pleased with the final wave of the comic packs from EE, sad to see them go.

Ocular28 said...

I'm a big fan of the comic packs and I think there's a lot of quality in them (some recycling and kit-bashing aside), but I've been reluctant to buy the Ysanne Isard/Soontir Fel comic pack because every image I've seen online of this Isard figure appears to have its eyes crooked—that is, one of them higher than the other. I've a read a few reviews of this figure, though, and none of them mention the crooked eyes. Am I imagining it, Adam?

Philip Ayres said...

Ben: Read the Rogue Squadron Comics & Books, she's the major villain there. Comics are her rise while the Books are her fall.

I can't get enough Rogue Squadron figures, must track a set of these down.