PLO KOON 6-Inch Debut
The Black Series 6-Inch Figure
Item No.: Asst. E4071 No. E9328
Includes: Lightsaber, Robes
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: July 2020
Appearances: Attack of the Clones? or maybe The Phantom Menace?
Bio: A Kel Dor from Dorin, Plo Koon was among the wisest members of the Jedi Order, respected for his level-headed analysis of events and unflappable calm. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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Commentary: If you've read my Star Wars toy coverage and ramblings over the last 25 years, you know I like to try to keep it clean. In the case of Plo Koon in the 6-inch line I'm going to break that tradition by just letting you know it and a lot of his wave mates are kind of half-assed. While Anakin and the Battle Droid are sensible choices to reuse a lot of existing tooling, Plo Koon is actually Mace Windu [FOTD #2,585] with new soft goods, a new lightsaber, a new head, and of course new hands. Hasbro's factory sewed the cloak shut on the body and added a new neck piece below Plo's head, presumably to help keep you from noticing that it's just a retooled Jedi Master Windu. Did it work? I sure couldn't tell from the publicity photos, and there are so few good reference shots of Plo Koon without his robes that it's possible that most fans will never notice or care. The new parts are all you see in the publicity photos or in an unopened box - so should you care?
The new head, lightsaber, and hands are amazingly good. The sculpted detail is tip-top, with pointy bits under his chin and nicely painted claws. The alien mask has been replicated here nicely, with an exceptionally nice level of detail proving that when Hasbro (rarely) decides to make a new classic alien in this scale, they do an exquisite job translating rubber and latex to PVC. I'm impressed.
The robes are all new here, and seem as if they may be inspired by Sideshow's figure. The robes are very similar to theirs, and their figure also seems to have a belt and boots that match the other Jedi Master. Coincidence? In the absence of good reference, toys often become the de facto source of inspiration so it wouldn't at all surprise me if someone looked at the 1:6 figures - usually reference-quality stuff - and said "eh, good enough." Plo's Hasbro robes have a hood hanging in the back, which looks great - but if you pull it over his head, it looks ridiculous.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.
Day 2,717: August 18, 2020