Monday, February 11, 2013

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,999: Jar Jar Binks

The Vintage Collection Basic Figures
Item No.:
Asst. 37499 No.  39649  
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #VC108
Includes: Boomer, staff
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $9.99
Availability: July 2012
Appearances: The Phantom Menace

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.  No specific character information.)

Image: Adam's photo dump.

Commentary: Interesting fact: this was one of 2 Jar Jar Binks figures in 2012, which were the first movie-style figures of the character in ten years.  While technically superior to the Movie Heroes 2012 release, I find myself enjoying that figure a little more.  This Vintage version has more articulation, a pleather skirt piece, and a little more articulation in the neck.  This figure's wrist joints and superior accessories (from a display perspective) work nicely, although the skirt piece appears bulky and awkward.  I appreciate its inclusion so I have the option of putting Jar Jar in a vehicle, but it strikes me as odd that the Vintage "collector" figure is more toy-friendly than the Movie Heroes "kid" figure.  His face is pretty serene, which is sort of out of character for Jar Jar.  Few Binks toys are really wacky, wigged-out in the facial department and that's an area I'd like to see Hasbro experiment more.  Lucasfilm created an insanely expressive character, and the figure is usually about as bored as an alien can look.

So what you have here is the best-articulated Jar Jar Binks ever.  It's well-sculpted and looks good enough... but the Movie Heroes one with its non-ball shoulders may look a little better, depending on your preferences.  I have both, and each has unique features the other lacks.  So... yeah.  Get both?  Oh! And this Vintage one was designed to go with the Comic-Con exclusive Jar Jar Binks Carbonite block, so you'll want this Jar Jar to go with that block.  (For the record, the block, loose, seems to have dropped in price a little.  The carded one is still crazy expensive.)

Collector's Notes: This item was absent from stores for months, but around November of 2012 Toys R Us and other retail stores received it.  The figures were shipping to online stores since about August of 2012.  Jar Jar is one of the less popular figures from the wave, making him easier to get for a fair price.  For $10, he's not bad.  For $5-$6, he's a must-buy.  The spear and boomer are well-designed and will look good with other figures if you choose to display Jar Jar sans weapons.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,999: February 11, 2013

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