Thursday, June 28, 2012

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,837: Shaak Ti

SHAAK TI The Force Unleashed
The Legacy Collection Shared Exclusive Expanded Universe Wave
Item No.:
Asst. 87535 No. 93308
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #BD61
Includes: Lightsaber
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $7.99
Availability: May 2010
Appearances: The Force Unleashed video game

Bio:   Shaak Ti is a Jedi Master and member of the Jedi Council. She survives Order 66 and eventually arrives on Felucia, where she prepares the Force-sensitive Felucians for an unavoidable encounter with Darth Vader.   (Taken from the figure's packaging.)

Image: Adam's old kitchen.

Commentary: Perfect? No. Good? Yes.  This Shaak Ti has face paint that's a little more white, and a little more intense than the other figures which hold her likeness, but she's still really good.  A super-articulated figure, this release represents her during the first Force Unleashed game where she's an outcast on Felucia, wearing rags in a manner which shows of her rack  nicely, as most outcasts fighting for survival are known to do.  Her head is posed in a more dynamic manner, plus she's wearing spikes and various wrappings rather than the incredibly thick and ornate Jedi robes of her movie appearances.  The big advantage here is that there is nothing to really get in the way of her articulation, making her an ideal figure to pose and duel Starkiller or other figures.

As a naked alien lady, she turned out quite well.  Her unique reddish/pinkish skin color is covered in rags and tribal markings, plus her clothes are vaguely tattered.  I guess it's meant to represent the breakdown of order, going from overly modest to dresses-too-sexy? I have no idea.  But it makes for a great figure, which has a fairly pale blue lightsaber blade.  If you're collecting this line and have the means, I have to assume you picked her up when you had the chance-- if you didn't, keep your eyes peeled.

Collector's Notes: Video gamers tend to spend a little more on toys, so it's no big surprise this Shaak Ti is now north of $30 loose.  So if you can get her for under $20, do so.  Just be prepared to pay up for this one.  While fans often decry the lack of Expanded Universe figures, The Force Unleashed has about 40, including some repacks and duplicated troopers from gift sets.   To put things in perspective, the first game in the series got more action figures in roughly two years than the original Star Wars movie in the entire original vintage line spanning 1978-1985.  Good luck finding one!

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,837: June 28, 2012

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