Name: Anakin Skywalker
Collection: 30 (77-07)
Number: 30 33
Source: Clone Wars (Volume 2: Chapter 23)
Availability: September 2007
Commander in the Grand Army of the Republic
Anakin and Obi-Wan Kenobi are sent to the planet Nelvaan to find General Grievous. While there, Anakin is sent on a quest by a village shaman. In a cave decorated with primitive drawings, Anakin sees powerful visions of his future. To carry the memory of this experience with him, he has the drawings tattooed on his body.
There are certainly quite a few scenes of presentiment involving Jedi and caves throughout the vast Star Wars universe. But besides the most popular one of Luke’s failure at the cave on Dagoah, the scene of Anakin on Nelvaan with a horrifying vision of his future has to rank pretty high up there too. When Anakin was covered with bruise-leech crawlers, a distinctive geometric pattern covered his chest and right arm as well as his right eye and right side of his back. It was a painful mark, but as with any bruise they eventually go away. (This is the reason we don’t see these markings when Anakin has his shirt off in Revenge Of The Sith.) As he looks at the Nelvaanian pictograms on the wall of the cave, he hallucinates and sees them begin to move. And as this story comes to life before his eyes, he notices one of the characters is a dark figure attacking the innocent people around it. A hero then enters the “story” and defeats the dark and evil force with a large mechanical arm. He becomes popular with the villagers in this story and suddenly the hero is unable to control his own power and turns his good into bad. The hero’s arm becomes part of the darkness it originally fought off and begins attacking the innocence of the village. The former hero cannot gain enough power and increases in size and continues to kill and destroy. Out of almost nowhere, the arm leads to the face of Anakin Skywalker which in turn becomes the helmet of Darth Vader. The scene was enough to chill your spine and has remained one of the most relevant storylines in the entire Star Wars universe. The symbolism of his mechanical hand that first appears to help others is actually the force used to wreak havoc upon the galaxy. The metaphor will give you goose pimples. And this all happened in an animated short in Tartakovsky’s Clone Wars.
As a result, it only made sense that Hasbro would add this version of Anakin Skywalker into the lineup of the 30 (77-07) line. And the results are quite spectacular. Many fans refer to the bruise-leech crawler markings as tattoos, but they aren’t even despite what the figure's description says; it's inaccurate. This is a general fallacy that has remained rather strong in the collecting community which is unfortunate because many have used it as an argument that the Clone Wars are non-canon to the films. But the marks on Anakin’s body are essentially very bad hickeys and nothing more. Anakin Skywalker has a perfect 12 points of articulation. But thanks to Hasbro’s expert design, ankle joints are not necessary because we are hard pressed to think of a better Anakin Skywalker action figure with a perfect stance and even better center of gravity. You couldn’t knock this figure over accidentally if you tried and we think the inclusion of ankle joints would have really upset the aesthetic of his boots. And this boots are sublimely perfect as is too. Hasbro did a spectacular job on the paint job of this figure. From the hair on his head to the weathering and stress in the leather on his boots, this is one finely painted action figure specimen. As a bonus, you can recreate “Nelvaan Anakin” from two separate chapters in Volume 2 of the Clone Wars. They included both the hand prior to and right after his injury at the Techno uni0n facility when he reached into the energy shield to shatter the power crystal using the Force. So we you get one full prosthetic attachment and one that is ripped to shred and both look fantastic. Another nice bonus to this figure that was really unnecessary was the inclusion of a separate mold belt around his waist. It is on there pretty tightly, so we aren’t entirely sure why Hasbro didn’t just make the cod section one piece, but it is definitely a nice touch.
Status: Anakin Skywalker is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 11
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, swivel right forearm, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees
Accessory Count: 2
Accessory Details: interchangeable damaged cybernetic right arm, lightsaber
Date Stamp: 2007
Assortment Number: 87335/87500
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