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Yoda - Vinyl Collectible Dolls

Name: Yoda
Type: Vinyl Collectible Dolls (Realistic Style)
Number: MEDVCD4342
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Released: 2007
License: Medicom Toy

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Sometimes there are very unique (and quite special) Star Wars collectibles released that never get their chance to be seen by the "masses" in the Star Wars collecting public. Companies like Medicom Toy and even Sideshow Collectibles are hugely popular with a select group of collectors and not to many who just shop the big box stores. But we think that if their products were made much more readily available, they would attain a whole new following audience of collectors that would appreciate and buy up the products made by these awesome companies. Yoda, from Medicom's Vinyl Collectible Dolls (VCDs) line is a collectible that is so cool and special and even goes for a premium in the aftermarket now. Released in 2007, it's not meant to be a 12" figure, although it nicely fits into that scale. But rather it's meant to be a realistic styled vinyl collectible doll. What makes it this format is significantly limited articulation. He does have some important key points of movement, but if you're an articulation junky, then this isn't the Star Wars collectible for you. We absolutely adore this figure. Yoda has a very interpretive likeness and a fabulous sculpt. He comes complete with the lamp and rations portion from Luke Skywalker as well as his signature gimer stick.

But what brings this piece to life are his soft-goods clothing pieces. He has a burlap-looking outer robe and a brown shirt underneath. Yoda's middle section is all one piece. He has no articulation in the legs which stinks because he is prone to falling forward all of the time. He has an interesting ball-joint in the head yet it's difficult to cock his head in any one direction. Thankfully his gimer stick works well in holding him upright, although it is quite a chore to get it to stay in his hands without issues. Yoda looks phenomenal next to Sideshow Collectible's 12" Luke Skywalker (Rebel Commander: Bespin) figure and they are in perfect scale to each other. This is pretty neat because we don't think that Yoda is an accurate representation to the onscreen puppet we saw in Episode V. Somehow Yoda works very well in the 12" figure line. We're impressed to say the least. We actually prefer the realistic style of the Vinyl Collectible Dolls line to the super-deformed style. Medicom Toy has a lot of opportunity to make more Star Wars collectibles in this line. (And they will likely use the shorter-scaled characters to keep this line as similar in size to each other as possible. The Yoda VCD is difficult to find now because it sold out almost instantly when it became available for purchase. We think it is one of the greatest highlights a collector can have in his collection. We suggest checking this figure out sometime.

 

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Added: October 4, 2010
Category: Vinyl Collectible Dolls
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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