Monday, December 3, 2012

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,949: Ki-Adi-Mundi

KI-ADI-MUNDI Battle on Mygeeto
30th Anniversary Collection Battle Packs
Item No.:
Asst. 87503 No. 87815
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: Lightsaber, 4 other figures
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $19.99-$24.99
Availability: Summer 2008
Appearances: Revenge of the Sith

Bio: As a stronghold of the InterGalactic Banking Clan, the crystalline world of Mygeeto is caught in the maelstrom of the Clone Wars. It is where much of the Separatist movement’s wealth is kept, and so it is targeted by the Republic: gain control of Mygeeto, and the Separatists lose crucial funding. Ki-Adi-Mundi is stationed on the icy planet with the mission of wresting it from the Separatists. Together with Clone Commander Bacara, Ki-Adi-Mundi and the Galactic Marines battle the droid army in fierce urban fighting, pushing forward against a grim onslaught of super battle droids and enormous tri-droids.   (Taken from the figure's packaging.)

Image: Adam's photo hole.

Commentary: One of the key arguments about any feature documenting these toys is "Is this different enough?" and the answer is usuall "sure, why not?"  Ki-Adi-Mundi, at first glance, looks the same as the 2005 release from Revenge of the Sith, but this late-run 2008 Mygeeto release has a few key differences.  The facial expression is painted in a way which just happens to look a little more intense, the tunic is splattered in hard-to-see dark brown mud splotches, and the lightsaber itself is now a one-piece weapon and mercifully dropped the removable blade gimmick which minimizes breakage.  I really liked the 2005 release, but the construction is better on this one overall... plus he has some awesome clone and droid figures.   If you're a new-ish collector just wanting a quality set of 5 prequel-based figures, this is a worthwhile Battle Pack to buy.

Collector's Notes: The "Battle on Mygeeto" Battle Pack was a very late release in the line, I saw a couple at Toys R Us and of course Entertainment Earth, and that was it.   The set had the very first super-articulated Bacara as well as two totally unique droids in it, so if it's still cheap on eBay and people haven't yet realizes that they missed it, I suggest buying it.  $30 or less for this set is a total bargain for the quality of what you get relative to what you pay for at Target these days.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,949: December 3, 2012

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