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Qui-Gon Jinn (Jedi Master) - SW [S - P1] - Basic (’02 #32)

Name: Qui-Gon Jinn (Jedi Master)
Collection: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Number: '02 #32
Source: The Phantom Menace
Availability: May 2002
License: Hasbro

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After rescuing Queen Amidala from the impending invasion of Naboo, Jedi apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn discover Anakin Skywalker, a nine-year-old slave unusually strong in the Force, on Tatooine. The heroes return to Naboo where Anakin and the Queen face massive invasion forces, while the two Jedi fight the evil Darth Maul and realize that the invasion is the first step in a sinister scheme by the dark forces known as the Sith.

As the desperate final battle against the Trade Federation rages on, Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi clash against Darth Maul in the Theed power generator area on Naboo. As they reach the central core, Obi-Wan gets trapped behind a wall of raw energy and Qui-Gon continues the battle by himself, where it proves to be a day of destiny for all involved.

Not all toys that are cancelled is a bad thing you know. During the Episode I era, collectors witnessed one toy (or group of toys) get cancelled one after another. But to be fair, Hasbro saw interest in the Episode I waning by the good part of the new millennium and they felt the line would be best served with a fresh new line look and reconsidered approach to what was going to get released in the future. This meant they had to weigh in on their sales records and see what types of toys were successful, and which one were not. And it goes without saying that the “aggressively deluxe” Action Heroes 2-Pack sub-ine was first on the chopping block. Only one set was released in 2000. The Final Jedi Duel featuring Darth Maul vs. Obi-Wan Kenobi looked pretty good, but because these characters had been released so many times before, there wasn’t a market to support “more” of these characters as a successful sub-line. Although the line was quickly cancelled, some sets were planned including a Qui-Gon Jinn vs. Battle Droid set. This completely new sculpt of Qui-Gon Jinn seemingly appeared nicer than many other releases in the Episode I, so fans were discouraged that they would never see it released.

Or would it be released? That friends, depends strictly on your point of view. While no new plans have surfaced to release the Battle Droid from this planned set, Qui-Gon Jinn escaped certain doom and was released in the first phase of the Star Wars “Saga” line as 2002’s SW Qui-Gon Jinn (Jedi Master) figure. Perhaps we became a little too eager for this action figure. Even by 2002’s standards the figure is weak in many regards. And unless you’re planning to utilize this action figure for one very specific pose, there isn’t a whole lot this action figure will offer to your collection. Unless you’re a huge fan of Liam Neeson or an even bigger fan of Qui-Gon Jinn, we feel that Qui-Gon Jinn (Jedi Master) is very far from where it needs to be and perhaps the best thing that could have happened to it was indeed getting canceled. We know that sounds harsh and that there are a ton of collectors who buy “one of everything” when it comes to 3.75” Star Wars action figures, but this isn’t a great action figure and we don’t think the likeness to the onscreen character has been done very well either. Your opinion is the one that counts and it’s a decision you’ll have to make.

The actual action figure of Qui-Gon Jinn (Jedi Master) isn’t that functional. It has been designed with one pose in mind. Although Hasbro made a clear and concise effort to add some additional points of articulation here, most are rendered useless thanks to the engineering. The swivel shoulders are angled inward and make the swivel elbows utterly moot. And the hard plastic cape impedes any good movement within the midsection or hips. It’s a disaster all the way around. Qui-Gon Jinn (Jedi Master) does come with some extra accessories. That constricting robe is removable, but it’s pointless to remove it since the sleeves match the robe and not his undershirt. He also comes with a lightsaber that splits at the hilt and blade for extra play value. And lastly a blast effect was included to help spice things up a bit further. The effort to bring out a cancelled figure is certainly appreciated, but some figures don’t age well and they look outdated at the moment they’re released. Qui-Gon Jinn (Jedi Master) may not age out instantly, but we find him to be an annoying little action figure. You may feel differently, but this figure could have gone unreleased and no one would miss a beat.

Collector Notes

Qui-Gon Jinn (Jedi Master)

Status: Qui-Gon Jinn (Jedi Master) is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 10 points

Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel elbows, 2 swivel wrists, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips

Accessory Count: 4

Accessory Details: lightsaber hilt, lightsaber blade, blast effect, removable outer robe shell

Date Stamp: 2000

Collection: 2

Assortment Number: 84813/84861

UPC: 076930848012

Retail: $4.99 USD

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Added: February 18, 2014
Category: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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