Name: Yarael Poof
Collection: The Saga Collection
Number: SAGA 069
Source: The Phantom Menace
Availability: January 2007
Jedi Master Yarael Poof is skilled with the use of a lightsaber, but his preferred means of combat is mind tricks, which he uses with incredible proficiency to confuse his opponent. He is present on that fateful day when Qui-Gon Jinn brings young Anakin Skywalker before the Council for training.
If you asked us back in 1999 what figure we wanted to see the most from Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, we would have instantly chosen Yarael Poof. That dream didn’t become a reality until he was released in the “Screen Scene” assortment in 2003 four years later, but he was an impressive figure for the time and ended up being well worth the wait. Back then, super-articulation wasn’t mandatory for Star Wars figures and collectors were less snobbish. So Yarael Poof made many a collector happy with its excellent sculpt and proportions, despite its limited and awkward articulation. Hasbro must have been proud of this figure and as a result felt that it was necessary to rerelease him. We have to say it couldn’t have been more fitting for The Saga Collection. Episode I and Episode II didn’t get as broad of a representation as the other films in The Saga Collection, so the inclusion of Yarael Poof in one of the Repack & Repaint waves was very welcoming. There isn’t really anything new to appreciate here, but seeing him single carded for the first time ever is certainly heartwarming for fans of all things Episode I, especially for such a cool Jedi character as Yarael Poof.
Yarael Poof is an extremely slight repaint of the figure from 2003's SW Jedi High Council (Featuring Yarael Poof, Depa Billaba & Yaddle) (2 of 2) Screen Scene set. The soft-goods also look to be cut from a different fabric, but most of the colors have been carried forward with little to no alterations. The figure looked great in 2003 and it looks just as good here, but maybe a smidgen better. For this release, Hasbro has included a lightsaber. Interestingly and in an odd move, Hasbro dusts off the lightsaber from the 2003 SW McQuarrie Concept Stormtrooper ('03 #34) figure and packs it in with Yarael Poof. We of course never see Poof wield this in Episode I, but we suppose it was nice of Hasbro to give us easy back-up in case we lose the one that came with the much-harder-to-find McQuarrie Concept Stromtrooper. And it looks just as good with Poof. Unbelievably, Yarael Poof comes with 10 points of articulation. You would think that this is an impressive amount for a 2003 sculpt. It is and it isn’t. The problem is that Yarael Poof doesn’t have separately jointed hips. This renders all articulation below the waist useless. (And we challenge you to pose him upright without any leaning. It's nearly impossible!) This “hinged seat” joint is perfect for getting him to sit in a Jedi Council chair, but don’t expect to have him battling in a lightsaber duel with much believability.
Status: Yarael Poof is a slight repaint of the figure from 2003's SW Jedi High Council (Featuring Yarael Poof, Depa Billaba & Yaddle) (2 of 2) Screen Scene set figure. This time he comes with the lightsaber from 2003's SW McQuarrie Concept Stormtrooper ('03 #34) figure.
Articulation Count: 10 points
Articulation Details: 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel elbows, 2 swivel wrists, swivel waist, swivel attached hip joint (for seating), 2 ball-jointed knees
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: concept lightsaber
Date Stamp: 2003
Assortment Number: 87355/85770
Retail: $6.99 USD
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