Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,640: Aurra Sing

The Clone Wars Basic Figures with Galactic Battle Game
Item No.:
Asst. 94736 No. 97562
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #CW11
Includes: Blasters, rifle, rifle strap, removable vest, stand, game stuff, belt
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $6.99-$8.49
Availability: June 2010
Appearances: The Clone Wars

Bio: Aurra Sing is a force-sensitive bounty hunter, mercenary and assassin. She is willing to work for anyone who can meet her price. She provides her expert sniper skills to Cad Bane on Coruscant. Her skills are well known in the criminal underworld, many aspiring hunters seek her out for training despite her reputation as a cold-hearted taskmaster. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' kitchen.

Commentary: After having disappeared briefly, it seems Aurra Sing is making a comeback at retail all of a sudden. The character, given a cameo in the first prequel and then shuttled off to the Expanded Universe ghetto for years, made a big splash with her return to the galaxy on television and, naturally, she now gets a new figure. Female characters are far and few between, so it makes sense to release to up her cool factor by teaming her up with young Boba Fett, Cad Bane, Bossk, and other cool characters on the show. If you didn't know who she was before, you do now, and as of today this is the best Aurra Sing figure you can get. Another one is due next year, and this is the first new sculpt since about 2001, but still.

Going down the token fan-requirement checklist, this figure has it all. 14 point of articulation. Three weapons. Removable costume elements. Display stand. Working holsters. Removable rifle strap. The only thing that isn't present is any indication of her Jedi-hunting trophies, which were more or less excised from the series to avoid confusion with other characters. The sculpt is good, the range of movement is great, and by raising the waist joint to just below the breasts, you can get some decent poses out of her. Aurra's trademark elongated figures are present, and the paint job is fairly simple-- she looks like a toy, but not a cheap one. I like this figure, and if you're going after all the characters from the various episodes like "Lethal Trackdown" you should go ahead and grab her.

Collector's Notes: This figure has been available on and off since 2010, and it's a quality product. The strap is sometimes difficult to get on just right, and this is more "collector figure" than "kid's action figure," but it's a quality piece and you won't be sorry if you bring her home.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,640: September 27, 2011

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