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Anakin Skywalker (Secret Ceremony) - SW [S - P2] - Basic (’03 #07)

Name: Anakin Skywalker (Secret Ceremony)
Collection: Star Wars [Saga - Phase II]
Number: '03 #07
Source: Attack Of The Clones
Availability: January 2003
License: Hasbro

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Ten years after the fight to save Naboo from invasion, the galaxy is on the brink of civil war. Under the leadership of a renegade Jedi, thousands of solar systems threaten to secede from the Galactic Republic. A courageous Jedi Knight, his impulsive and headstrong apprentice, and a queen-turned-senator are drawn into the heart of the conflict... and the beginning of war.

In defiance of the rules and traditions decreed by the Jedi code, Anakin follows the yearnings of his heart to pursue his own destiny, while hiding his fateful decision from the eyes and knowledge of others.

We all knew it was inevitable that Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala would marry, but perhaps maybe some of us didn’t expect them to do it so secretly as we witnessed in the film. But expressing their love in this manner was inevitable as both had so much to lose by falling in love. As complete opposites, both "careers" were in jeopardy. We watched Anakin and Padmé give their vows to each other in the final scene of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of The Clones. Although it was against his creed to fall in love and marry, Anakin Skywalker forsook the Jedi code to satisfy his emotional needs first, which ultimately became the first step in his demise. And Padmé Amidala also had much to lose as well as she was an important political figure. A very pivotal scene in Episode II, it were these quick moments that would forever change Anakin’s path with the light side of the Force and ultimately lead him down a dark path instead. As grim as the final outcome of his destiny will become, it’s hard not to be stirred by this final scene as it shows that Anakin Skywalker is human, vulnerable, relatable and a man filled with undying affection for Padmé. Hasbro also though it was important and as far as the action figure interpretation of this character and scene is concerned, Anakin Skywalker (Secret Ceremony) is a tremendous upgrade from previous iterations released before it. While not super-articulated, he does come with a decent ten points of articulation that give him some good mobility and ultimately the ability to take Padmé’s hand in marriage.

Anakin Skywalker (Secret Ceremony) is an admirable effort from Hasbro, although there is still plenty wrong before he can be close to becoming definitive for collectors. Let's run down some of the facts. The expression on his portrait is rather emotionless. Perhaps that accurately represents the mood of Anakin at the time of his wedding vows, but perhaps a slightly happier look would have behooved this action figure a bit more. His outer robes are admittedly too bulky. But even with that being said, they do fit quite well despite creating an unnecessarily larger girth around Anakin. The good news is that they’re easily removable and can be placed to the side while not in use, but you'll need them to recreate the secret ceremony. Once removed, collectors are treated to a good representation of Anakin Skywalker. Most noticeable is his athletic frame. He is articulated well and can attain a vast array of poses that previous versions could not. Aesthetically he looks like he should and between his likeness and accurate costume, he really does favor Anakin Skywalker (the character) from Episode II. A swivel head is joined by two ball-jointed shoulders, two swivel elbows, swivel waist, two swivel hips, and two odd ball-jointed ankles. While completely functional, the ankles stick out away from the bottom of his leg which really affects a natural form. Thankfully they’re functional and provide Anakin Skywalker (Secret Ceremony) with some options that wouldn’t be possible had they not included this articulation.

Anakin Skywalker appropriately comes with a right cybernetic hand. Hasbro has done a great job of making Anakin’s new appendage realistic. This is the one key detail to let you know this Anakin Skywalker is based from the end of Episode II and not the beginning. He also comes with a lightsaber which is great because it’s another accessory, but of course you know that it is clearly not a scene specific one. Overall, this action figure ranks as good, and he will serve the purpose you need him for quite well. We definitely appreciate the efforts Hasbro put forth with Anakin Skywalker (Secret Ceremony). They are a few new details here that make him unique from past releases. And let’s not forget that the enhanced articulation and better likeness also bolters it as well. It’s encouraging to see that Hasbro has the ability to make the newest Anakin Skywalker figure better than the previous version. Stepwise growth is always encouraging. But this is a waiting game of sorts that may test collectors’ patience. Is this a definitive interpretation of Anakin Skywalker? The answer to that is a negative one. But it is the best version in the Star Wars “Saga” line. It’s free from annoying action features and there aren’t any scene specific facial expressions either. So we count this version an upgrade the ones we have received earlier. The Star Wars “Saga” line is a great collection that focuses on key points in Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones (as well as the other films), and Anakin Skywalker (Secret Ceremony) is a perfect example of this. Plus, it truly is a halfway decent action figure as well.

Collector Notes

Anakin Skywalker (Secret Ceremony)

Status: Anakin Skywalker (Secret Ceremony) is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 10 points

Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 swivel elbows, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed ankles

Accessory Count: 3

Accessory Details: removable cape, lightsaber, blast effect

Date Stamp: 2003

Collection: 1

Assortment Number: 84927/84851

UPC: 076930849279

Retail: $4.99 USD

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Star Wars [Saga - Phase II] Wave 16
Mace Windu (Arena Confrontation) (’03 #02)

Anakin Skywalker (Secret Ceremony) (’03 #07)
Boba Fett (The Pit Of Carkoon) (’03 #08)
R2-D2 (Droid Factory Flight) (’03 #09)

Added: September 19, 2013
Category: Star Wars [Saga - Phase II]
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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