Monday, May 16, 2011

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,544: Star Tours Jedi Master

JEDI MASTER Nameless Adult
Star Tours Jedi Training Academy Set
Item No.:
No. 87801
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: Lightsaber, 4 additional figures
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $34.99
Availability: June 2009
Appearances: n/a

Bio: STAR TOURS takes you to the Jedi Training Academy where you train to be a Jedi Knight! You and your fellow Padawans will experience the power of the Force and learn to battle with a lightsaber from a Jedi Master. May the Force be with you! (Taken from the figure's box.)

Image: Adam's floor.

Commentary: For Star Tours, Hasbro has cranked out a surprising number of figures over the years. Some are based on specific events from the ride or the pre-ride "show," but this Jedi Master is inspired by what happens outside the ride. At the parks, performers train kids to use a lightsaber against Darth Vader. Naturally, dressing up these people like Jedi would make some degree of sense, and that's why we have this action figure. Based on the Revenge of the Sith Agen Kolar body, this figure has shorter cloth robes and a new head sculpt, along with new deco, to create a new and nameless Jedi hero.

While his body and lightsaber clearly originate from Jedi Master Agen Kolar, the head is something of a mystery. As of yet Hasbro hasn't come clean as to who this head is supposed to be, although I'd wager heavily on an employee of Hasbro or LucasFilm. If you know, leave a comment-- please share with the rest of the class!

Collector's Notes: This set did not fly off the shelves. With 3 nameless Padawans and a nameless Master, plus a Darth Vader figure fans have seen previously, it wasn't much to get excited about at $34.99. Unlike some of the other Disney-exclusive sets, the price has actually dropped. You should be able to get the entire boxed set for $20 before shipping, which I'd say is a fair price for what you get.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,544: May 16, 2011

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