Name: Aayla Secura
Number: Item #3000941
Edition Size: 500 (Exclusive) 1000 (Regular)
Scale: Premium Format Figures
Source: Revenge Of The Sith
Availability: December 2012
License: Sideshow Collectibles
Born into an influential Twi'lek clan on Ryloth, Aayla Secura became the apprentice of Quinlan Vos and was raised as a Jedi from a young age. Her athletic build and Twi'lek grace serve her well as an intelligent and even-tempered Jedi, and though she developed great skill with a lightsaber, she favors cunning and wit over violence, choosing to use her weapon only in times of great distress.
Quinlan and Aayla were captured and robbed of their memories by Aayla's wayward uncle, Pol Secura, while she was yet a Padawan learner. Under Pol's possession, Aayla's dormant and uncontrolled Force abilities were unleashed in her confusion, killing Pol and rendering young Aayla a fugitive. Terrified by the incident, Aayla fled from pursuing Jedi and fell prey to Volfe Karkko, a Dark Jedi detained on the Kiffexx prison moon. She unwittingly freed him from captivity, spellbound and manipulated by his sinister power. Even after she attacked Quinlan in the scuffle that followed, the wise Jedi Council deemed her misdeeds forgivable, seeing that the Jedi Code was still lost in her confused mind when the Dark Side's strong influence took its toll. Able to regain her memory, Aayla soon recovered fully and was reinstated in her training under Master Tholme. Overcoming the Dark Side's touch would lead her to become a true and devoted Jedi Knight.
Aayla Secura has proven herself one of the boldest and most skilled Jedi through the twilight years of the Jedi Order. During the Clone Wars, Aayla earned her place as a key intelligence-gatherer and task force operative, integral in the Republic's campaign against the Separatist movement. In the fierce battle to rescue Anakin and Obi-Wan on Geonosis, Secura was one of the few Jedi, still standing when the Geonosian and droid armies surrounded the surviving Jedi. But when the tide of the battle turned, and the few survivors were suddenly joined by scores of clone troopers lead by Master Yoda, the stalwart Secura was given command of a squad of the trained infantrymen. Later honored as a general in the Grand Army of the Republic, Secura would go on to lead squadrons of clone troopers on a number of campaigns throughout the epic Clone Wars.
We admit that we more often than not provide our readers with sugary sweet reviews on many Star Wars products released across the many licensees who make them. We’re easily pleased and we air our zeal for all Star Wars items with equality. While we do our best to itemize the pros and cons of each and every item we review, we still try to find a bright side to the universe for even the biggest bombs. As you can imagine, we really struggle to find lofty words of praise to describe gorgeous collectibles that knock us to the ground just simply by how awesome they are. That is what truly applies to Sideshow Collectibles’ Aayla Secura Premium Format Figure. We knew it would be good, but not this good. A masterpiece on every level, Aayla Secura is the exact definition of what a Premium Format Figure is and always should be. Culled together from weighty high quality polystone, soft-goods clothing and a real light-up lightsaber feature that even makes critics like us smile (we normally despise electronics in this line for the record), we couldn’t have hoped for anything more with the Aayla Secura Premium Format Figure than what Sideshow Collectibles delivered. One insignificant aspect of the figure “bothers” us a tad and we’ll get to that later, but aside from that this piece is truly remarkable and one of the finest executions in the Premium Format Figures line in years. It’s no secret that the characters in this line get progressively better as technology improves, but Aayla Secura may have jumped Sideshow ahead of the curb so much that we hope it doesn’t make future releases look like they’re needing more. Aayla Secura is normally a standout character. Her colorful skin and sexy body are immediately eye-catching. So obviously the first thing you’re going to notice is the brightness in the shade of the color blue Sideshow Collectibles utilized to bring the Aayla Secura Premium Format Figure to life. You may debate if she was this bright in the film, but we can't help love the final results. Be confident in knowing that Sideshow ensured a shade of blue was implemented so that this could be the most authentic collectible form of Aayla Secura out there from their perspective. (And it is.)
Forget about Gentle Giant Ltd.’s Aayla Secura Mini Bust. It pales in comparison. Even the stunning 2012 TVC Aayla Secura (VC58) figure doesn’t do the Aayla Secura character justice in comparison. Oh, and even Sideshow Collectibles’ own Aayla Secura (Jedi Master) 1:6 Scale Figure doesn’t come nearly close enough to how accurate the Premium Format Figures has brought everything home to complete satisfaction and unequivocally the premiere Aayla Secura collectible on the market today. Some of you may ask us how we can compare apples to oranges when discussing the same character across all collectible formats (and very different scales). We’re actually not trying to do that at all. But if you want the most accurate interpretation of the character that is as close to her appearance in the films as possible, then you have to hand it to the Premium Format Figure version of Aayla Secura. The figure is based on her appearance from Revenge Of The Sith as evidenced by the Felucian base (which is gorgeous by the way) and for exclusive collectors, a 327th Star Corps clone trooper battle-damaged helmet. What we especially love is the attitude of the exclusive setup. Is Order 66 actually happening before you and she managed to behead one clone before her demise? Or is the clone just a casualty of the Clone Wars? You decide! We really can’t imagine getting the regular version and missing out on the exclusive piece. For regular collectors, you’ll receive an additional piece of the fungal life on Felucia. it’s not nearly exciting as the “severed” clone head. Again, that’s our interpretation of it. Yours may vary. Also on the base of this piece are “Venus fly trap” looking vegetation. They made us very nervous. One wrong slip of the figure or grabbing the base in the wrong place will absolutely snap them off, so be very careful. You don’t want to damage this beautiful piece. As a whole, we are really finding it difficult to find another Premium Format Figure that will top this. Sure. Boba Fett is excellent, Aurra Sing (Bounty Hunter) is excellent. But this one tops them all.
Status: Sideshow Collectibles is proud to introduce the next entry in our Star Wars Premium Format figure line, Aayla Secura. The skilled Jedi Knight is presented in 1:4 scale with a detailed fabric costume and light up saber. Standing approximately 18 inches tall; each piece is individually painted and finished to exacting standards with the unique quality and detail that is the trademark of a handcrafted Sideshow Collectibles product. The Aayla Secura Premium Format figure makes a notable addition to any Star Wars collection.
Announcement: The Aayla Secura Premium Format Figure was announced January 26, 2012.
Pre-order Information: The Aayla Secura Premium Format Figure was announced February 2, 2012.
Assembly: 4 parts
Assembly Details: Aayla Secura body, right arm attachment with electronic lightsaber, fungal magnetic attachment, environmental display base (Felucia)
Sideshow Exclusive: Severed Clone Helmet base accessory for customizable display (327th Star Corps Clone Trooper)
Date Stamp: 2012
Retail: $349.99 USD
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