Collection: The Original Trilogy Collection
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: August 2004
Celebrate the legendary Star Wars trilogy that changed the universe forever, with The Original Trilogy Collection. This collection brings to life the incredible story of good versus evil that captured our imagination and took us to a galaxy far, far away. The finest recreations of the iconic Star Wars heroes and villains are back with incredible detail and premium features to commemorate each epic tale in the Original Trilogy: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. And, as a tribute to the dedication of Star Wars fans everywhere, we are re-releasing elements of the original packaging that harken back to the creation of Star Wars action figures, which began over 25 years ago with the Original Trilogy. May the Force be with you!
Strong with the Force is this one. Did it really take almost a full decade from the launch of the modern classic line to get a Yoda with a snake accessory? Perhaps Hasbro was waiting for The “Vintage” Original Trilogy Collection to come to fruition before they actually considered doing such and thing. The long and short of it is we finally have a classically inspired Yoda action figure both in “vintage styled” packaging as well as the same elements that made the 1981 Kenner action figure so special for us when we were kids. A soft-goods cloak and cane (gimer stick) join the snake as wonderful complementary accessories and if nothing else proves that there are still some long term Star Wars fans at Hasbro to bring about all-new action figures that pay incredibly tight homage keeping the spirit of all things “vintage” alive. (We just wish he came with a removable belt because that would have been just perfect.) Yoda clearly isn’t perfect. In fact you may find more fault with him than we did. But there is no denying that Hasbro has developed a pretty decent version of him that contains all of the stuff you had as a kid (and technically more). It’s so good to be a Star Wars fan sometimes!
Yoda comes with enhanced articulation that all other previous modern versions of Yoda did not. In particular, Yoda has two articulated legs (hips) which haven’t been seen since the 1981 figure was released (as far as Original Trilogy interpretations of him are concerned). Yoda also proudly sports a ball-socket head, two ball-jointed shoulders, two extreme angle-cut swivel elbows, two swivel wrists and a swivel waist. These points make a big impact on just what Yoda can do and they really are a tremendous upgrade for a character that is so often approached as simply as possible. Yoda’s accessories are awesome. The soft-goods cloak is a bit bulky, but it has been gorgeously decorated to make is believable that he lives in the swampy terrain of Dagobah. Full of dirt and stains, it’s evident a lot of thought went into how to make the cloak believable and authentic. He also comes with a removable necklace and walking stick/cane. There is no orange or brown snake present here sadly, but Hasbro did decide to include a yellow version (with brown stripes) instead. While we appreciate the effort, the snake is extremely rigid and cannot be posed. It would have been nice to have the ability to wrap it around Yoda’s neck like the vintage figure.
Status: Yoda is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 10 points
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 swivel elbows, 2 swivel wrists, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips
Accessory Count: 4
Accessory Details: removable soft-goods cloak, necklace, gimer stick, snake
Date Stamp: 2004
Assortment Number: 85237/85213
Retail: $9.99 USD
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