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Anakin’s Jedi Starfighter [TCW] - SW [DV/ROTS] - Vehicles

Name: Anakin’s Jedi Starfighter [TCW]
Collection: Star Wars [Darth Vader/Revenge Of The Sith]
Number: N/A
Source: The Clone Wars (Season 1 Episode 6: Downfall Of A Droid)
Availability: January 2014
License: Hasbro

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A gifted pilot since he was a boy on Tatooine, Anakin Skywalker looks for any opportunity to get in the cockpit of a Jedi starfighter and head out on a mission for the Jedi Council. The Jedi starfighter responds well to Anakin's expert flying as he puts the vessel through his often daring piloting maneuvers during the Clone Wars.

Some of the finest collectors have referred to them as micro monstrosities – a fitting term in so many ways. But perhaps the truth of their actual scale lies somewhere in the middle. The classic Jedi starfighter vehicles Hasbro has been making since 2005 (with new styles entering The Clone Wars era) and the new vehicles part of the Star Wars [Yoda/Attack Of The Clones] and Star Wars [Darth Vader/Revenge Of The Sith] product lines are apples and oranges. We’ll get to this more in a moment, but let’s revisit some history. We all received our first taste of this reduced-scale vehicle line in 2013, right after the debacle that was the Star Wars [The Phantom Menace 3D] line. But sadly the 2013 line imploded before it was even technically released. Basic figures (from both Movie Heroes and The Clone Wars line) never made it to retail in the USA. And the other products that did squeak out before the line was unceremoniously canceled didn’t interest too many collectors. Never in a million years did collectors believe they would see the return of some figures coming with 5POA (what kind of sick revival was this), 12-Inch Figures that resembled character shampoo bottles and reduced-scale vehicles that were off in so many ways that are laughable.

You have to remember, Hasbro didn’t completely abandon articulation in the 3.75” basic figure lines for the Star Wars [Yoda/Attack Of The Clones] line. No, that would come before the end of the year, however. We all experienced a tragic reckoning when we saw the line as a whole go south beginning in the Fall of 2013 when the Star Wars [Darth Vader/Revenge Of The Sith] line came to fruition and changed the way we were getting Star Wars toys. The Star Wars [Darth Vader/Revenge Of The Sith] line was the first “pure” line (save for some store exclusives) where everything released was 5POA, and the vehicles were terribly “dumbed down” to reduce costs, but it backfired. Collectors weren’t going to have any part of them. Part of this thinking, however, led to a “throw the baby out with the bathwater” mentality, because some of the vehicles for the first time in the Hasbro line were more appropriately scaled than the “fuller” versions they had been producing for years previously. Hasbro released two waves of this “micro” vehicles in the Star Wars [Darth Vader/Revenge Of The Sith] line, and aside from laughable attempts of both Jango Fett’s Slave I and Boba Fett’s Slave I, the Jedi starfighters in the line aren’t without some merit.

Anakin's Jedi Starfighter is a new revision of 2009’s TCW [R] Anakin’s Jedi Starfighter vehicle. This is his Delta-7B Aethersprite-class light interceptor that made its debut appearance in season 1’s Downfall Of A Droid episode from The Clone Wars television series. The vehicle is small. There is no denying that. There is no removable droid socket, and R2-D2 has a dome that is about 40%-50% smaller than a standard 3.75” action figure. But from what we can tell, this vehicle is closer in scale to a standard 3.75” action figure that would pilot it. But even if you can accept the smaller scale, there are perhaps too many other issues that are much too difficult to get past. Anakin's Jedi Starfighter is a hollow shell of its predecessor. It’s literally a hollowed out piece of plastic. It has no body, depth or weight to it and we find this troubling. Even if materials had to be reduced, we feel there is a much better way to accomplish this. Some parts of the vehicle still look fantastic. Details like the ship’s panels and the landing gear don’t look to be sacrificed in any way, but there may be too much of a loss of quality here that will prohibit the interest of hardcore collectors. Paint operations, the decals and the play features are still present and look great, but Hasbro might want to look at a few things before they produce the next one.

Collector Notes

Anakin’s Jedi Starfighter

Status: Anakin’s Jedi Starfighter is a rework of 2013's SW [Y/AOTC] Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter vehicle.

Features Count: 4

Feature Details: articulated landing gear, firing projectile missile launcher, opening cockpit, swivel R2-D2 dome

Accessory Count: 1

Accessory Details: missile projectile

Date Stamp: 2012

Assortment Number: A5737/A2174

UPC: 653569940432

Retail: $24.99 USD

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Anakin’s Jedi Starfighter

Star Wars [Darth Vader/Revenge Of The Sith] Vehicles Wave 1

Anakin's Jedi Starfighter [ROTS]

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Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter [Coruscant]

Star Wars [Darth Vader/Revenge Of The Sith] Vehicles Wave 2

Anakin's Jedi Starfighter [TCW]

Boba Fett's Slave I

Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter [Utapau]

Added: December 4, 2017
Category: Star Wars [Darth Vader/Revenge Of The Sith]
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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