Name: Aayla Secura
Collection: Star Wars [The Phantom Menace 3D]
Source: The Clone Wars (Season 1 Episode 13: Jedi Crash)
Availability: May 2012
Specialized flight gear comes in handy when Aayla Secura crash-lands during a mission. The Jedi General lands on a planet where a peaceful Lurmen village is threatened by Separatist forces. The athletic and graceful Twi'lek tries to find a way to help the villagers that does not require them to abandon their pacifist beliefs.
Aayla Secura is a sight for sore eyes no matter when she’s released as a Star Wars collectible, and it almost doesn’t matter what collectible format she comes in either. But one thing is for sure, and that’s Hasbro didn’t have an inkling that The Clone Wars interpretation of her would be so popular. Part of one of the last three case assortments in the red phase of The Clone Wars line (that ran from 2009-2010), not too many units of Aayla Secura (CW40) made it out to brick and mortar. A few more units arrived at a few online shops but they too quickly evaporated. And then the demand began. Aayla Secura (in her red packaging) still commands a premium on eBay – and perhaps she should – because Hasbro just didn’t accurately forecast how many of her they were going to need to get out there to satisfy the need. She’s a great action figure. She is super-articulated, she’s sexy (as sexy as an animated figure can be – love the midriff) and she has a whole underground support group always cheering for her in her corner. She started out life in the Expanded Universe and then grew into something rather larger than life, so big in fact that George Lucas added her as a character in Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones. But you probably know that story by heart.
Fans of The Clone Wars couldn’t wait for Dave Filoni to start adding the female Jedi into his property and now Aayla Secura is proudly welcomed into the animated The Clone Wars television show. She shows no signs of losing her popularity amongst fans. We love her, other collectors love her, kids love her, and in some Expanded Universe sources even Kit Fisto loves her. And we love Kit. It really never ends. So a re-release of this figure is very much needed and appreciated, even if she is a misfit of sorts. She’s the only super-articulated figure in wave 2 (wave 26 overall) with wave mates Republic Commando Boss (CW11), Obi-Wan Kenobi (CW12) and Captain Rex (CW13). They all look rather fine visually, but sadly fall extremely short in the area of articulation. That’s Hasbro’s new goal with kids’ figures. (That’s their words, not ours.) She’s a ray of light in a dark place if articulation rules your world and she honestly looks better than ever. The curvy streamlined packaging looks very nice and the “film cell” that serves as the picture for the character adds an extra bit of novelty to the figure. Hey, people even use them as bookmarks so at least they’re utilitarian. Hopefully Hasbro will see the success of the second chance of Aayla Secura and see why it's so important to release other characters in the line that collectors want like 2010's TCW [S2] Darth Sidious (CW45) and 2010's TCW [S2] Commander Bly (CW39).
Status: Aayla Secura is a very slight repaint of 2010's TCW [S2] Aayla Secura (CW40) figure. The differences are negligible.
Articulation Count: 23 points (14 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), ball-jointed left elbow (2), ball-jointed right elbow (2), swivel left wrist (1), swivel right wrist (1), ball-jointed torso (2), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1), ball-jointed left knee (2), ball-jointed right knee (2), ball-jointed left ankle (2), ball-jointed right ankle (2)
Accessory Count: 5
Accessory Details: lightsaber, jetpack, harness, gas mask, goggles
Date Stamp: 2009
Assortment Number: 38418/37290
Retail: $9.99 USD
Market Value: Click here to check the latest prices based on listings.
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