Skiff With Anakin Skywalker
Collection: The Clone Wars [Season 2]
Source: Expanded Universe (Hasbro Concept)
Availability: February 2010
For missions in the harsh deserts of Tatooine, Anakin adapts the technology of the local swoop gangs. Desert skiffs are generally used for hauling stolen goods, but these maneuverable, lightly armed speeders are well-suited for undercover missions. Combined with Anakin's skill as a pilot and Podracer, the skiff is an ideal transport for dangerous desert operations.
Hasbro often looks for ways to pad certain sub-lines of figures. Only so many new tools can make it into the various product years due to cost containment initiatives, so the occasional (or frequent) repack and repaint is an inevitable "evil" in this hobby. But they can be a necessary evil. They have been making collectors reasonably happen with the nice assortments in the deluxe line, but there are some that make us scratch our heads once in a while. Hasbro decided to resurrect a miniature vehicle (from the 1996 POTF2 [R] Deluxe line) and repaint it to make an "Expanded Universe" (or off-screen) vehicle from The Clone Wars television series. Believe it or not, the Desert Skiff works much better in The Clone Wars line than it ever did in The Power Of The Force [Red] line. Perhaps due to the fact that The Clone Wars is itself actually an Expanded Universe source, any character or vehicle that is also EU will fit in better as a result. That is our line of logic at least, but we have to admit that this deluxe set is an almost seamless addition to the line it just seems to fit it flawlessly well.
Not only do we get a vehicle that hasn't graced retail shelves in over a decade, Hasbro was generous and gave us a "different enough" Anakin Skywalker figure too. Anakin comes with a brand new poncho that has been molded in plastic. In addition to a couple of new accessories like goggles/breath mask combination piece, Anakin has been repainted and cobbled together from previously existing Anakin Skywalker action figure bodies. The final figure is actually pretty cool. Just look at the goggles carefully. How can anyone not be able to see some artistic visage of Darth Vader in them. We think that this is a little homage paying here. But when you compare him to the other Anakin Skywalker figures you already have, he is going to look strikingly different. Perhaps this is quite fitting since the Desert Skiff was never seen in the TV show, maybe this exact version of Anakin didn't either. Of course the packaging for the vehicle and figure has all the regular The Clone Wars branding on it with a little bio on them as if they are a regular part of the story. Bottom line, this vehicle works. And it works quite well.
Assortment Number: 93834/91349
Retail: $15.99 USD
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Status: Desert Skiff is a repaint of the vehicle from 1996's POTF2 [R] Luke Skywalker's Desert Sport Skiff Deluxe set.
Features Count: 3
Feature Details: positionable wings, positionable steering column, firing dune cannon
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: missile projectile
Date Stamp: 1996
Status: Anakin Skywalker is a repaint of the figure from 2008's TCW [F/S1] B'omarr Monastery Assault Battle Packs set. This time the figure comes with all-new accessories.
Articulation Count: 22 points (14 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), ball-jointed left elbow (2), ball-jointed right elbow (2), swivel left forearm (1), swivel right forearm (1), swivel waist (1), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1), ball-jointed left knee (2), ball-jointed right knee (2), ball-jointed left ankle (2), ball-jointed right ankle (2)
Accessory Count: 3
Accessory Details: lightsaber, goggles/breath mask combination, poncho
Date Stamp: 2008
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