RODIAN JEDI Arena Battle
The Legacy Collection Target Exclusive Geonosis Arena Packs 2010
Item No.: Asst. 97645 No. 97647
Number: #2 of 6
Includes: Lightsaber, Battle Droid figure
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: October 2010
Appearances: Attack of the Clones
Bio: The Jedi Knights rush to Geonosis to rescue Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Padme from execution. The Jedi brandish their lightsabers against the Geonosian warriors and the massive army of battle droids, super battle droids, and droidekas. All hope seems lost that any Jedi will survive this battle, then Yoda arrives with an army of clone troopers. Although many Jedi are lost that day, others survive this climactic battle that ushers in the Clone Wars. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam's old kitchen.
Commentary: While I can't be 100% certain, I'm pretty sure this Rodian Jedi exists because of fellow megafan Dan Curto's potential possible patronage of the character. As far as I can tell from official sources, he has no name, but he is a pretty dang cool figure. Based on a similar 2003 release with no articulation to speak of, the 2010 Rodian Jedi uses a Luke Skywalker body with new hands and a new head, showing that Hasbro really is getting good at making the most out of its existing mold investments. This release has a delightful 14 joints and a swell green lightsaber, making it a nice and frankly unique release in a sea of retreads. Of course, I realize that this figure is also a retread, but it's a big improvement over the previous release as he can stand up on his own more easily, and has a much larger head. The detailing of the Expanded Universe Luke outfit works perfectly for this creation, which-- as far as I can tell-- is completely derived from a Hasbro in-house concept, from a piece of fanfic, or some healthy mix. (Correct me if I'm wrong.)
It's a great figure and to date, this is the best Rodian Jedi Knight figure you can buy. I do suggest you get it if the price is right, despite the wonky eyes the companion Battle Droid is still pretty good.
Collector's Notes: This set, and the whole second wave of Arena packs, seems to be climbing on the secondary market-- be very surprised if you can get it for under the original price. If you can, buy it. You won't be sorry!