Name: Jar Jar Binks
Collection: Star Wars [The Phantom Menace 3D] (Movie Heroes)
Source: The Phantom Menace
Availability: April 2012
Jar Jar Binks uses a bowcaster to fire boomas at battle droids. The Gungans fight the battle droid army on Naboo. Gungan soldiers use weapons that fire exploding energy balls called boomas, which short-circuit the droids. Jar Jar may not be the most skilled warrior, but he is not afraid to fight, and takes out a number of droids during the battle.
Love him or hate him, Jar Jar Binks “knows” how to make a statement in the basic figure line. He’s arguably the Star Wars character to despise, an easy target of sorts, but one things Hasbro has always seem to execute without issue is how well he turns out in the basic figure lines he’s appeared. Let’s face it, has there really been a bad Jar Jar Binks ever? Even if we still need a definitive version of him (which isn’t an issue since he’s part of the 2012 The Vintage Collection lineup), previous iterations have always looked good to excellent. One of the most impressive versions of him is 2009’s TCW Jar Jar Binks (No. 24). It’s excellent for a large array of reasons from brilliant deco to excellent use of soft-good and hard-goods interaction, oh, and incredible articulation on a kids’ toy. (We jest about him being a kids toy. Who is Hasbro kidding anyway?) That version in and of itself made collectors realize just what Hasbro was capable of for an eventual realistic version of him. Well, we have a temporary solution right this minute. The Movie Heroes Jar Jar Binks is honestly a fine figure. And you won’t be able to see why he shines unless you have the opportunity to hold him in your hands.
We don’t like the Movie Heroes line any more than you do, but we have to give Hasbro a round of applause for Jar Jar Binks. Let us be clear. He is far from perfect and his coloring borders on “very” off but the figure as a whole is a refreshing upgrade from the the versions we received throughout the 1999-2000 collecting era. Yes, it’s been a long time since we’ve received a modern update of Jar Jar Binks and now collectors can enjoy two that were both released in 2012. Jar Jar Binks comes with only 11 points of articulation, but Hasbro was clever about where they put them. He’s limited with swivel shoulders, but his elbows are ball-jointed which really helps with posing him. He also comes with ball-jointed knees which makes us particularly happy. He also has an interesting double ball-socket neck and our friends at Yakface.com have shown us the functionality of this joint in their Toyguide entry on this action figure. Jar Jar Binks is also missing his ornate skin pattern, something that is a crying shame to skip on this and all of the recent Gungans like 2009's LC Gungan Warrior (BD07) and 2012's SW [TPM 3D] Gungan Warrior Discover The Force (5 of 12) figures Hasbro has made more recently. We hope they bring that back stat. Sadly, Jar Jar Binks has other coloring issues that Hasbro missed like his vest and shirt. They are kinf of reversed in a way.
Status: Jar Jar Binks is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 11 points
Articulation Details: double ball-socket head, 2 swivel shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees
Accessory Count: 2
Accessory Details: bowcaster, booma-shaped projectile
Date Stamp: 2011
Assortment Number: 36564/36563
Retail: $8.99 USD
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