III Concept Art Anakin Skywalker
Collection: The Legacy Collection
Number: BD 48
Source: Expanded Universe (Revenge Of The Sith Concept Art)
Availability: June 2009
In this concept art by Sang Jun Lee, Anakin wears the "dark Jedi" apparel that outwardly reflects his inner conversion to the dark side of the Force. The outfit was designed to echo the clothing worn by his son Luke during the climactic battle with Emperor Palpatine.
So, do you want the good news or bad news first? Actually, we are quite fond of this Concept Anakin Skywalker figure, so do not fret, we will quickly alert you to its negatives first and be on our way with glorious praise! First and foremost, it is our opinion that this figure should have not been designed with Hayden Christensen's likeness. From the packaging, it is clear that this figure was based on an animated image (as seen in the book The Art Of Revenge Of The Sith) and a portrait to better match that sketch would have definitely been more ideal. Think of the McQuarrie figures as a basis to compare. It is sort of like Harrison Ford's likeness on the Concept Han Solo figure or Carrie Fisher's likeness on the Concept Starkiller Hero figure. It wouldn't work for those concept figures, so it doesn't really work that well for this one either. Interestingly, and we could be off or wrong here, but it seems if they ended up tweaking and re-sculpting the Anakin head anyhow, why wasn't it designed to look more like the portrait in the artwork? It's not a deal breaker, but rather just a mild disappointment. That being put aside now, this Concept Anakin Skywalker is really a pleasure to add our collections, and we believe the same will be true for you. Clearly reminiscent of familiar and recognizable outfits we've seen before, this figure is just a very special addition to your artwork based figures.
Concept Anakin Skywalker is super-articulated, but in order to enjoy all the points, you are going to have to remove the plastic cloak. The plastic cloak, by the way, is wonderfully sculpted and nicely painted. It is usually very rare to get a molded cloak or cape from Hasbro that is multi-colored. This one has two different shades to be exact and it work quite well to bring out its texture and definition. Unfortunately, as previously stated, it does limit this figure's movement a great deal. And despite its awesome engineering we think a soft-goods cloak would have been more effective. So while the paint application looks fantastic on this figure, it is really meant for display (and not play) purposes. Clearly, this can be simply remedied by removing its cloak. Based on the information in the book, the artist intended to make this concept of Anakin to look like a culmination of both Darth Vader's and Luke Skywalker's costumes from Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi. Lucas apparently wanted a version of Anakin to consider that resembled Luke's very dark outfit that was seen in Episode VI. When you look at the figure, you clearly see elements of both Luke and Darth Vader. This creates an automatic sense of nostalgia. And the sculptors did a great job imitating the figure from two-dimensional artwork into a three dimensional toy. It may seem like a simple figure, but it has a great amount of detail that you can really only see once it is in your hands. For example, the figure appears shiny and nearly without any texture and smooth. And a lot of the details are not visible when you look at it through the bubble. To your delight (but only once removed from package), his costume comes to life and is actually a very well-tailored and finely detailed design!
Status: Episode III Concept Art Anakin Skywalker is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 14 points
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel wrists, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: 3
Accessory Details: lightsaber, lightsaber hilt, removable cape
Original Droid Factory/Build A Droid Part: HK-47 right arm
Date Stamp: 2009
Assortment Number: 87982/87535
Retail: $7.99 USD
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