Name: Anakin Skywalker's Podracer
Collection: Star Wars [The Phantom Menace 3D]
Number: N/A (Vehicles)
Source: The Phantom Menace
Availability: January 2012
Anakin Skywalker pilots a Podracer at the Boonta Eve Classic Podrace. The young slave boy has used his impressive mechanical skills to assemble an exceptionally fast vehicle. The engines on Anakin's Podracer have air scoops to enhance braking and cornering control.
More often than not, Hasbro isn’t that great at apprising the collective body of changes they make when they rerelease vehicles originally tooled from years ago into the modern line. It’s not completely fair to accuse them of complete lack of communication, but being in the know will certainly help the success of a vehicle that is seemingly a repack of a vehicle that we don’t want to rebuy when we originally bought it in 1999. We’re thankful we did our own investigation. And the reason is it has paid off because we’ve discovered that the paint job on the new 2012 SW [TPM 3D] Anakin Skywalker’s Podracer is completely different (and a world apart) from the original 1999 Episode I release. Hasbro stepped up to the plate completely to make this vehicle look better than it ever has. And it does. The blue and silver canopy/cockpit and the yellow power rockets have never looked better or brighter. And quite frankly, ever last part of Anakin Skywalker’s Podracer paint job has been completely updated to look like the vehicle Hasbro intended years ago. The question is however will this vehicle be a success even with a completely revised paint scheme?
Anakin Skywalker’s Podracer comes with all the same features as the 1999 version. There is a thick black hand grasp with two yellow action feature buttons which activate opening the air scoops. Admittedly, it’s a cool action feature as its very screen accurate (the feature, not the method of how it’s activated). The same energy binder that Jar Jar paralyzes his tongue on is still here. And the cockpit of the Podracer still can house almost any Anakin Skywalker of your choosing. The vehicle doesn’t fire any projectiles and there is nothing top wind up or explode. Anakin Skywalker’s Podracer is what it is. There isn’t anything hidden or elusive here. And that begs us to ask is this vehicle really worthy the $24.99 price tag? We’d be inclined to say no. Repaints are still a cost effective way for Hasbro to get new product into stores while saving on tooling costs. So they could have reduced this vehicle assortment to $19.99 and we bet it would have been better received by the collecting public. But we still feel that Hasbro could have advertised the improvements made to the vehicles paint job a little bit more. It could have helped sell this vehicle through a little bit more.
Status: Anakin Skywalker's Podracer is a major repaint of 1999's EI Anakin Skywalker's Pod Racer.
Articulation Count: 10
Articulation Details: 6 opening air scoops, 2 opening podracer cockpit fins, 2 push action feature buttons
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: removable energy binder
Date Stamp: 1999
Assortment Number: 36787/36785
Retail: $24.99 USD
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