Thursday, December 9, 2010

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,432: Admiral Yularen

ADMIRAL YULAREN Hologram and Holo-Com Table
The Clone Wars Basic Figures
Item No.:
Asst. 87638 No. 87965
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #CW07
Includes: Blaster, removable holster, Hologram Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Holo-Com Table
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $7.99
Availability: August 2009
Appearances: The Clone Wars

Bio: The Republic admiral oversees a large fleet during the Clone Wars, coordinating battle campaigns from the bridge of his flagship, the Resolute. He contacts battle leaders, such as Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi, to keep track of ongoing situations. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' desk.

Commentary: A fun (well, OK he's stuffy) character, Admiral Yularen helps plan stategy in The Clone Wars, spending his time on the bridges of various vessels and telling Anakin that he's being reckless. As such, captain buzzkill here suffered at retail slightly. His accessories and articulation didn't do much to make him exciting, and this release seems to be geared more at collectors. He has 10 points of articulation, with his legs being designed with standing in mind. He has hip joints, and not much else when it comes to his legs. An interesting feature (I assume it's a feature) is that his holster was seemingly designed to be removed, which is great as it's a little bulky and being able to get rid of it streamlines the look of the figure.

He needs a little support to stand, usually, and also sports a giant table. It's a heck of a nice accessory and, unlike more rocket-firing guns, it looks good next to your figures. I wonder if people will be buying this figure more for the table than the Admiral, but hey-- it's all pretty good. The character looks a good deal like his animation model, except the skin tone seems more in line with the realistic figures than the cartoon ones. Or maybe it's just me, this one looks like it could maybe pass for "realistic" if you squint just right. If you want a dude to boss around your clones, Yularen's a good pick.

Collector's Notes: Yularen sat around in some markets, being one of very few figures to be something of a pegwarmer briefly in 2009 and 2010. I doubt we'll see a reissue of this one, although I do expect to see the body reused for other figures some day.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,432: December 9, 2010


Elias of "Customs for the Kid" said...

This action figure's body was great for making a custom Commander Wolffe action figure.

Ben Carthage said...

Actually I liked this guy, he was a welcome change in the line when it was pretty much nothing but Clones and Droids (and the main characters). I was surprised he was done so early in the evolution of the line, but he's still one of the better likenesses the Clone Wars line has seen.