ANAKIN SKYWALKER Peasant Disguise
The Vintage Collection Basic Figures
Item No.: Asst. 97568 No. 24991
Includes: Lightsaber, lightsaber hilt, poncho
Action Feature: Removable helmet
Availability: January 2011
Appearances: Attack of the Clones
Bio: Celebrate the legendary Star Wars saga that changed the universe forever! This collection brings to life the incredible story of good versus evil that captured our imagination and took us to a galaxy far, far away. Iconic Star Wars heroes and villains are captured with incredible detail and premium features to commemorate each epic tale in the Star Wars saga. May the Force be with you! (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam Pawlus' kitchen, badly framed on a G.I. Joe insert.
Commentary: This Anakin Skywalker is a remake of an odd-yet-fun 2002 release of the Jedi in peasant gear. The 2002 one had a box, a blaster, a magnetic hand, and a lightsaber embedded in his arm like the original Kenner Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, and Obi-Wan Kenobi figures. It was weird, but so dang delightful it's hard to hate on it. The 2012 release lacks all charm, it just shows how Hasbro can just give collectors what we ask for, and how that can be boring. The head sculpt is acceptable, although the coloring seems a little off. Lighter hair on this newly-sculpted head would probably look better, or perhaps darker skin. Either way, the color is off. The poncho looks great, and the outfit under the poncho is quite ornate. The sculpt is good, the "peasant" shirt pattern looks incredibly expensive. I'm not entirely sure how he or Padme qualify as refugees when their wardrobes look more expensive than anything I've ever owned. The intricate detail on the shirt is sculpted nicely, and the belt pattern is pretty spiffy. The boots, while good, look like other Anakin boots from this movie-- not bad, but nothing special. (Which, I admit, is a dumb thing to say. "Well, it's authentic and super-articulated and perfect, and that's good, I guess.")
Hasbro did a great job engineering this figure, and a repaint of it would probably look even better. It's hardly an essential outfit, particularly when Anakin could probably use a better-looking figure based on his normal Jedi outfit from this movie. Still, I'm amazed they did it and it's a great upgrade from the 2002 figure if you hate the fun original. Oh, and he can sit pretty well, too.
Collector's Notes: This wave sold surprisingly poorly, if the unlimited supply of it at T.J. Maxx/Marshalls stores is any indication earlier this year. You should have no problem getting one cheaply, and for five bucks it's a fantastic and amazing figure you shouldn't blink at buying. As we approach $10, let your taste guide you.