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The Original Trilogy Collection

Yoda - OTC - Vintage

Name: Yoda
Collection: The Original Trilogy Collection
Number: N/A
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: August 2004
License: Hasbro

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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.

Yoda’s likeness is borderline controversial. The overall silhouette of the character is Yoda, but if you look closely at his facial features, something seems a bit off on him. Whether it’s because he looks a little bit pudgy or swollen or whether he just looks too angry despite his jester like yet meek personality, Yoda’s likeness seems to need a bit of revising. What makes this somewhat tragic is that the rest of Yoda’s body is in total proportion and expertly sculpted. His hands can hold his accessories and the cloak that we have written about so often already pairs very nicely with the non-removable brown soft-goods skirt. The paint job is excellent overall (on the plastic as well as the soft-goods) too. Man that makes us wish his belt was removable so we could wrap it around his outer robe. That might have helped with some of the bulkiness. If Hasbro could perfect these details for a future release it would be amazing. You may be sick and tired of us saying this by now, but the best part about Yoda is the packaging. It brings back so many incredible memories and we’re sure you can relate to this as well. Yoda isn’t the best action figure made by Hasbro, but he is rescued by his packaging. You certainly can’t say that about every action figure.

Collector Notes

Yoda

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

UPC: 076930852378

Retail: $9.99 USD

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The Original Trilogy Collection Vintage (Wave 1)
Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi
Han Solo
Luke Skywalker
Princess Leia Organa

The Original Trilogy Collection Vintage (Wave 2)
Darth Vader
Lando Calrissian
See-Threepio (C-3PO)
Yoda

The Original Trilogy Collection Vintage (Wave 3)
Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) (With Extension Arm)
Boba Fett
Chewbacca
Stormtrooper

 
Added: May 8, 2013
Category: Original Trilogy Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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