The Clone Wars Battle Packs
Item No.: Asst. 87752 No. 87988
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: Fall 2009
Appearances: The Clone Wars
Bio: Anakin wears a rough poncho to hide his identity as a Jedi from the Trandoshan trader. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam's desk.
Commentary: I love this set, but Anakin Skywalker isn't necessarily the selling point. Gha Nachkt was amazingly cool, but Anakin is basically more of the same. Basically, it's the 2008 figure with a poncho-- it's cloth, it has a nice stripe, and it's what makes this a new figure. It's not quite "New Hat Malibu Stacy" but... well, it sort of is. Hasbro has always been skilled at making a gift set where there's one cool, unquestionably new figure plus three or so others which you could probably take or leave. Anakin is one of those-- I like that it exists, but it's not like the poncho is a fantastic extra, it's just pretty much OK. If you don't have any Anakin figures, I'd suggest just getting this set because it's a fine way to get him, plus a few others, at an OK price.
Collector's Notes: While extremely hard to get when it came out, the set doesn't seem to be selling for a big markup on eBay. Few are selling at all due to the high starting bids, but you should be able to get it at or under $30. I would say this set's parts are basically worth $30ish, but mostly because I'm dumb enough to think $20-$25 would be a worthy price for the super-cool Gha Nachkt.
Day 1,730: January 31, 2012