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Wioslea - TLC - Basic (BD 36)

Name: Wioslea
Collection: The Legacy Collection
Number: BD 36
Source: A New Hope
Availability: February 2009
License: Hasbro

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Wioslea is a salesperson for Spacesport Speeders, a used landspeeder lot in Mos Eisley. Swayed by Kenobi’s Jedi mind trick, the female Vuvrian offers Luke 2,000 credits for his landspeeder, which he sells to pay for the trip to Alderaan.

Wioslea was an interesting but frankly inevitable choice for the Hasbro action figure collection. It falls under the "collector figure" banner and we are thankful that this character was attempted in 2009 instead of 1995, because this will probably be the one and only time we'll get her, and in that case we need it to be good. And in fact, she turned out excellently. Modern technology plays a big part in determining whether a figure will have definitive final status or not. And technology has undoubtedly come of age in 2009, so we are getting the best figures we have ever received in the basic figure line. There would honestly be no need to revisit her ever again, and this is a testament to how well the action figure was designed. Wioslea is really good! As the new owner of Luke's landspeeder, Wioslea doesn't look all that differently from a Jedi and in fact, early production photographs show her erroneously holding a lightsaber possibly even confusing the marketing team as well. Wioslea is outfitted in a "Jedi-like" robe with two holes for her antennas and has an attached and well-fitted soft-goods skirt (these are all nice touches and it also proves how Hasbro goes the extra mile so often). She also has been packaged with a blaster rifle which was originally included with 2007's TAC Concept Chewbacca. She is well-clothed, well-outfitted, and very well-sculpted! What more could you ask for in an action figure?

Wioslea's sculpt is perfect and meets our expectations without issue of course. Her large bulbous head has ten eyes, the most eyes on any action figure we have seen thus far, and has quite a paint application! The head suffers a tiny bit from uneven painting and depending upon the sample, your piece may have more gray or more tan. We feel that heads with more a more gray paint application look much better than those with more tan. But this of course is our own two cents. The contrast of the gray color is needed to prevent the figure from looking a little too bland. The gray brakes up the monotony a great deal. The mouth on Wioslea is very bizarre and you don't know if she is in the middle of a sentence or about to devour something. It may have been better if Hasbro had designed it a little more closed. Still, the mouth stands out and catches your eye and as a result, draws you to her. Her legs are sculpted similarly with an "upside-down L shape" at the knee like the way the 2006 TSC Hem Dazon (SAGA 033) or 2007 TAC Voolviff Monn (No. 58) action figure legs were designed. This unique style is a confusing choice and it is unknown if this is Hasbro's own convention or if they have some archive photos of the costume of this character that we haven't seen yet showing this. These types of legs don't behave well over time with gravity and only time will tell if it will affect the figure's ability to stand on its own. Unfortunately, this "bent leg" feature has affected other action figures negatively as well. For some reason, this leg style is not the best for our action figures. Hasbro will need to user a much stiffer plastic to get the appropriate effect needed from this type of stance.

Wioslea was a great choice to round out the first A New Hope wave for 2009. She is significantly taller than all the other figures in the wave (but perfectly in scale to them) and her stature allows her to stand out amongst more popular characters. She is unique and since her head is wide, she will stand out in a crowd. She will certainly complement any collection and add distinct singularity to any diorama. But most importantly, she is one more off of our Cantina/Mos Eisley checklists. A New Hope was rich with unique aliens (many of which still need to be made) but collectors never get tired of them and we won't be quiet until we get them all made by Hasbro. Wioslea, technically a character outside of the cantina, will look great next to your 2006 TSC Garindan (SAGA 034) figure. And she will also look great by herself. Buy her today or risk never seeing her again! We thank Hasbro for taking a chance with her and we hope that her sales will encourage further bravery and risk on Hasbro's part to round out more obscure background characters into the line. We expect that she will be a bit more popular than some of the other figures due to her bizarre and unique look, but collectors are picky, so we ultimately don't know how she will fair in the long run. We do know that she will undoubtedly enhance your Star Wars collection beyond your expectations! And she will do her part to accentuate a very unique spin in your collections!

Collector Notes

Wioslea

Status: Wioslea is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 12 points

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

Accessory Count: 5

Accessory Details: blaster pistol, removable soft-goods cloak

Original Droid Factory/Build A Droid Part: R2-L3 dome/third leg

Date Stamp: 2008

Assortment Number: 87840/87535

UPC: 653569342298

Retail: $7.99 USD

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Wioslea

The Legacy Collection Wave 5
Luke Skywalker (BD 30)
Han Solo (BD 31)
Spacetrooper (BD 32)
Jawa & WED Treadwell Droid (BD 33)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (BD 34)
Pons Limbic (BD 35)
Wioslea (BD 36)
Trinto Duaba & Dice Ibegon (BD 37)
R5-A2 (Build A Droid)
R2-L3 (Build A Droid)

Added: June 8, 2009
Category: Legacy Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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