the Legacy Collection.
It was a collection of figures that literally blew collectors away. But
it was plagued with the worst distribution woes of any Hasbro
basic figure line to date. With a lot of finger-pointing from Hasbro directed
at a significant loss of collectors, many of us quickly pointed back because
we couldn't find the figures to purchase (and we definitely wanted them).
Once the blue phase of The
Legacy Collection finished
up in June of 2009, collectors were chomping at the bit to see what Hasbro
had in store for us for the following fall of the same year. When
we saw all of the beautiful products previewed in July at Comic Con, we waited,
and waited, and waited some more for the stuff to reach retail. And it disappointingly
came a lot later than any of us expected (and also later than what Hasbro
even forecasted). All that most collectors could find was The
Clone Wars and
the now-dreaded repeat
Saga Legends figures. (Ugh, remember the days when Saga Legends used
to be exciting? But we digress.) Depending upon your area, you may have seen The
Phantom Menace wave
in dribs and drabs, but it wasn’t until the tail end of October 2009
that the floodgates started opening for the new Legacy Collection product.
But even then, distribution was extremely spotty and some collectors started
seeing the Blockbuster
even before the individual waves of figures. It was a frustrating time
for all, but eventually there was ample opportunity to grab most of the
figures. And many figures were purchased at a discounted
price (and many of those purchases were the first time those figures were
found at retail). However, the aggravation
and difficulty finding them was well worth the wait. The red phase of
Legacy Collection is quite an impressive collection indeed!
of the best Star Wars action figures of all time were included in the red
phase of the Legacy Collection.
From phenomenal sculpts to super articulation, the collection provided
a vast array of cool characters. There was something in it for everyone.
more, each of the figures came with a bonus droid part (just like the blue
phase of TLC) that enabled collectors to get more astromech and protocol
droids into their collections at no extra charge (depending upon your point
of view). Clearly the best pack-in to date, the "Build A Droid" program
will be sorely missed and we hope it will resurface soon whether in Battle
Packs, exclusives or basic figures. Almost a year ago, Jedi Temple Archives
did a Special Report entitled A
Digested Look At The Legacy Collection (in
November of 2009) where we ranked our own ultimate 10 favorite action figures
from the blue phase. We basically asked ourselves what figures we would
absolutely need if we were stranded on a deserted island. It was a huge
success, so we decided to do it again for the red phase. However, we have
stepped it up into Super-Deluxe status and have asked our
friends and colleagues from around the web to join in the ranking with
us to create, for lack of a better term, an "All-Star" critics
poll of our collective favorites. The panel includes your most favorite
Star Wars sites on the web!
welcome warmly (in alphabetical order by site name):
Adam May, Adam Pawlus
Shawn Groves, Pat Newell
Chris Spice, David
Arnie & Marjorie Carvalho
Justin Cook, Jayson Krebsbach
Chad Cobain, Paul Harrison, Chuck Paskovics
are so proud and honored to have join us a seasoned team of
journalists and colleagues (and probably the most eager Star Wars fans
you will ever meet) for this unprecedented event. While so many sites have
their specialties and niches, we wanted to do something special to break
down the four corners of each of our sites (and the healthy competition
that comes along with it) and do something together to share our love and
passion for Star Wars and Star Wars collecting. Most of the sites were
eager to hop along for this ride and we couldn't be happier to work with
them. (And please, if you are from an another Star Wars focused fan site
and would be interested in participating in something like this again, e-mail
us of your interest. We believe we have reached out to everyone
but if you weren't included, we will be sure to grab you next time!)
on to the ranking and how we did it! Just like last time, the rules were
simple. Each candidate had to be from the red phase of the Legacy
had to come with a droid part. Because 10 of these figures were just released
in the blue phase of The
they became ineligible this time around. These figures include:
Skywalker [Stormtrooper Disguise] (BD01), Han Solo [Stormtrooper Disguise]
(BD02), Spacetrooper (BD03), Jawa & Treadwell Droid (BD04), Obi-Wan Kenobi
[EII] (BD13), Anakin Skywalker [EII] (BD14), Jango Fett (BD15), Saleucami
Trooper (BD25), ARC Trooper (BD26) and Clone SCUBA Trooper (BD27).
even the cancelled General Grievous (BD24) would not be a viable candidate
if it saw release since it was to be a straight repack of TLC (BD 25). While
all of these figures are incredible, we just didn't want them double dipping
in this ranking. This left the final tally totalling 51 action figure
candidates. This remaining pool included new repaints (like Darth Maul
and Boba Fett) as well as running changes like the Cloud City Wing Guard in
addition to all the "new" figures in the line obviously. Unfortunately,
"Build A Droid" figures were excluded much to our chagrin for
the simple fact that they didn’t
come on a basic card with a BD number. We may just one day do a separate
ranking on all those figures alone. Also, if a candidate came in a two-pack,
the two-pack was ranked as one. (This rule would apply to the Ewoks (BD18)
set for example.)
the 51 total possible candidates in this “competition”,
43 topped the "favorites" lists of the websites that participated,
which left only 8 figures with no votes. (Can you guess which ones?) If
you’re a statistics fan, you may find some of these points fascinating:
the number 1 and number 2 spots were separated by only seven (7) points.
(One vote could have changed this.) All figures in the Top 10 received
at least 50% of the votes of the winning figure. Of the top 20 winners
(all of which are included in this report in one fashion or another), 25%
were from The
Empires Strikes Back,
25% were from the Expanded
Concept Art), 20% were from Return
Of The Jedi,
15% were from The
10% were from Revenge
Of The Sith and
5% were from A
Also, for ease of reference, we are calling The Phantom Menace wave,
"Wave 1" and the Expanded Universe wave, "Wave 6".
We know many of you refer to these as Wave 8 and Wave 13 respectively and
this is techinically correct. But we just want to make things
simple and more organized here. (The Phantom Menace wave was the
first wave in the red phase, the Return Of The Jedi wave was the
second wave in the red phase, et. al.)
addition to the ranking (10 all the way down to the number 1 absolute most
favorite figure), we have provided links to the Research
Droids Reviews and Visual
each figure for your easy reference. We hope you will take some time to
check out these features, exclusive to Jedi Temple Archives, too. If you're
not already familiar with them, we believe you will be in for a real treat.
And at the end of the Top 10 ranking, we also listed another ten, but this
time they are the top 10 runner-ups that were just narrowly edged out of
the Top 10 winning spots. Surely they deserve some sort of recognition
special thanks to our colleagues and friends who participated with us!
It was a great collaborative effort and we thank them all for their time
to contribute to this Special Report. We just felt that having a broader
range of voting this time around would give our top 10 a stronger meaning,
and the community was exceedingly glad to assist us with this! We all have
an undying love for everything Star Wars and to work together cohesively
on something while still putting in your own two cents was something that
was fun and enjoyable. We look forward to providing you with our summarized
opinions again of other topics in the near future. And be sure to let us
know if you have appreciated this post via e-mail or
in the forums.
And thank you, our readers, for allowing us to serve you in this capacity
as well! We hope you enjoy our Special Report, A Digested Look
at the Legacy Collection (Super-Deluxe Edition)!
Top 10 Countdown
|10. Gungan Warrior (BD07)
The Phantom Menace – Wave
1 – September
Marjorie Carvalho (SWActionNews.com): Gungans
are awesome. Due to the Gunganism in this country, we don't get
too much from "down under" anymore. I think a Gungan
vs Battle Droid diorama would be a great chance to get really creative.
There is so much possiblity in that scene.
Adam Pawlus (GalacticHunter.com): A worthy
upgrade in sculpt with lots of articulation and gear, but, unfortunately,
Hasbro dropped that too-cool skin texture paint job from earlier
figures. If they weren't in such short supply, this would be one
Gungan you'd want to have in big numbers. How many other figures
come with giant alien trumpet things, anyway?
(Sandtroopers.com): I love the
Gungans and it is not [just] because I really, really like the character
of Jar Jar Binks. The Gungans are cool looking overall are a really
neat species. I am glad that this version of the Gungan was made.
Having both the battle horn and atlatl gives this figure lots of
Justin Cook (Yakface.com): This
figure is so well done that it prevented me from selling off my entire
TPM collection… the
jury is still open as to whether I’ll end up doing that, but
this figure alone is so great that I actually find myself wanting
to watch the movie again (which I have not done in several years).
I have about eight of them now, and it appears that this figure sold
rather well at retail. Hasbro even repacked it later on, and again
they moved off the pegs quickly – not bad for a species a lot
of fans detest! He was sort of hard to find in my experience. Thought
I do wish he was also packed with a spear of some sort. Oh well. Articulation,
sculpt, etc. on the Legacy Gungan Warrior illustrate just what Hasbro
should be doing with army builders, and especially characters like
this that aren’t loved by the community like
some others are. If Hasbro can continue this sort of quality with
Gungans, I say it’s time we see a new Captain Tarpals… and
dare I say… Jar Jar?
Nick LaBate (JediTempleWarRoom.com): This is
a figure that didn't get anywhere near the exposure that it deserved.
It saw release in the TPM wave as well as some refresh cases, but
nowhere near the time on the pegs that other figures got. Perhaps
there's still some TPM resentment circulating. But truth be told
this figure seemed to sell well. As it should, since it was well
articulated and included some great accessories, including the Gungan
horn. This figure will be a fine addition to any Battle of Naboo
dioramas. Especially since it's a serious upgrade to the POTJ Gungan
Warrior which is almost a decade old.
Jayson Krebsbach (Yakface.com): Hands down
the best Gungan figure ever released, possibly the best TPM based
release thus far and dare I say it, worthy of being placed on a Vintage
(TVC) card back in the future. From articulation and paint apps to
accessories and character likeness, this Gungan is the definitive
version by which all future Gungans will be measured (I'm looking
at you Jar Jar). Acquiring multiples of this figure is highly recommended.
Dan Curto (Rebelscum.com): I
don't really like Jar Jar Binks, but for some reason, I have always
loved the Gungans. I always dig underwater tales, and the Gungans
always had such a cool organic look to their technology and I wish
we could have seen more of them in The Phantom Menace. While the
sculpting and accessories are great on this figures, the lack of
detail on the skin deco knocks him down to a lower rank.
(JediTempleArchives.com): The Gungan Warrior was a pleasant
surprise for me. I always adored the look of the Gungan species and
I thought their design was vey unique and engaging, but I fell for
the anti-Jar Jar campaign very early and very easily. But knocks
at Jar Jar Binks aside, the Gungan Warrior is expertly crafted and
loaded with all the necessary articulation you could ever need for
this species. I really think Hasbro leaving off the skin pattern
was a huge mistake and I hope one day when this figure gets revisited
for another Gungan character that Hasbro ensures it gets included
for the next round.
Rum Sleg (BD09)
The Phantom Menace – Wave
1 – September
aliens will undoubtedly always be a mainstay in the 3.75" Star Wars
line. But within the last five years, we have received more "blink
and you'll miss it" Star Wars characters as action figures than
ever before. Rum Sleg, another surprise figure of the Legacy Collection wowed
collectors to unbelievable levels. A bright red space suit coupled with
cool weaponry and other accessories is always a guarantee that it will
be popular with collectors....and he was. Despite his striking resemblance
to Jason Voorhees (which many hardcore collectors are sick of hearing),
Rum Sleg is definitely one of the coolest aliens in The Phantom Menace and
definitely one of the best action figures in the Legacy Collection.
He may not have ankle joints, but he is complete in every other way and
has it where it really counts. We hope that Hasbro looks again soon to
Mos Espa for some more bizarre inhabitants to make their way into the
basic figure line.
Chris Spice (Sandtroopers.com): When
you see what an incredible job they did on Rum Sleg, it will only
make you question why Hasbro didn’t make a bigger deal about it
being the tenth anniversary of Episode I. For many of us, the Episode
I line would really excel or re-ignite our love for the 3-¾ line
and collecting. Even though he was a simple background character,
it’d be great to see Hasbro continue to develop a line dedicated
to obscure characters.
Pat Newell (ImperialShipyards.net): I don't
know how to describe this one, but I just really like it. I love
the helmet and flight suit, the detail is fantastic while it's
Adam Pawlus (GalacticHunter.com): Now here's
one I don't think anyone really expected to see. Cool suit, freaky
mask, and a bright red color make this one stand out in a sea of
earthtones and just plain white.
Dan Curto (Rebelscum.com): Easily
the biggest surprise hit of the entire line...this blink-and-you'll-miss-him
character getting a figure never even showed up on anyone's radar
until Hasbro announced him (NOT an easy thing to do with us news-scoops)!
But they knocked it out of the park with a fantastic sculpt, working
holsters, and surprise, surprise!...a removable helmet that revealed
a spooky detailed alien head sculpt underneath, complete with dreads!
Chad Cobain (JediTempleArchives.com): I didn't
have any idea who the heck this guy was and I most certainly had
no idea that I wanted him as an action figure. Way to prove me ignorant
Hasbro! With an amazing design, great deco and some incredibly unique
accessories, this one was definitely the surprise hit of the line.
David Syczylo (Sandtroopers.com): The Boonta
Eve Classic Podrace draws a huge crowd of spectators including bounty
hunter Rum Sleg. What is not to like about this character? He is
a bounty hunter who wears a helmet and Hasbro was kind enough to
make it removable so we could get a glimpse of his face though a
mask hides it. Lots of accessories and great play value.
John Fagan (DewbackPatrol.com): Talk about
a background character I really never thought I would see swinging
on the pegs. This is one of those blink and you miss it kind of characters,
but wow this figure is fantastic. Even collectors that focus on the
OT only were picking this guy up as he fits in to cantina scenes
like he was there. I loved the figure so much that I bought two of
him. Fantastic addition to the bounty hunters!
Clone Wars/Expanded Universe – Wave
6 – April
Chuck Paskovics (JediTempleArchives.com): The
detail on this figure is awesome! It's nice to have a truly unique
Jedi made, and not just another "humanoid" with a different
(Yakface.com): It’s not
every day that we get a Jedi this good. It seems like so many these
days are resculpts or just straight up repacks… to get one
of an alien that is this cool is something collectors were clamoring
for. This EU character is very popular, and spans more than just
one era of the saga – appealing to a broad base of EU fans.
Other than him being a scarce figure, there are no drawbacks with
K’Kruhk whatsoever. Hasbro did not disappoint at all with
the quality of the figure… superb articulation and sculpt,
and pretty good painting (though I suspect at some point we’ll
see some customizers repaint his fur to add some depth to the sculpt)… also
on a side note, I bet this would be a good base for some sort of
custom Wookiee Jedi.
Chad Cobain (JediTempleArchives.com): Not only
is K'Kruhk a great character that spans multiple eras in the Star
Wars universe, but he's also really big. And let's be honest, you
just feel like you're getting more bang for your buck when you've
got a big honking figure in your hands.
Dan Curto (Rebelscum.com): For
Expanded Universe fans, Master K'Kruhk was one of the most anticipated
figures in...well, pretty much EVER! This massive beastly alien sports
a highly-detailed sculpt, super-articulation, soft goods Jedi robes,
and of course a lightsaber. A great representation of the character
whose adventures have spanned across the comic books and cartoons.
The only thing keeping him out of the top spot was the lack of his
straw hat that he normally wears.
(Yakface.com): K'Kruhk made
my list because he's not only a cool looking, non-human Jedi but
he also has a vast backstory that spans hundreds of years in the
Star Wars universe with direct ties to the Skywalker story. The included
articulation allows for some great combat poses while the head sculpt
is one of the best in the LC and looks right at home amongst the
other alien Jedi we've received over the years.
new action figure that comes from Hasbro that can be sourced to the
original Clone Wars by Tartakovsky receives the highest praise from
me. K'Kruhk blew me away from the weight I felt holding him in the
package, to the unbelievable details on every part of his frame.
He is long overdue but I am thankful that he is finally here. He
is done so well that it makes me wish for a modern redo of J'Quille.
Hasbro really has come so far with their action figures. This figure
should not be overlooked by anyone. K'Kruhk is one of my absolute
favorite action figures....period.
Nick LaBate (JediTempleWarRoom.com): This
one is admittedly a personal favorite. Much of that has to do with
my own Expanded Universe reading which has centered around Dark Horse
comics like JEDI COUNCIL - Acts Of War; JEDI - MACE WINDU; and STAR
WARS LEGACY. All of those titles featured K'Krukh and he became something
of a fan favorite, myself included. He also made a brief appearance
in Tartakovsky version of CLONE WARS on the planet Hypori. K'Krukh
the figure is pretty cool. He's got all of the articulation that
we've come to expect in most post-ROTS Jedi figures. The sculpting
is very true to the character as seen in the comics. And K'Krukh
includes the trademark Jedi cloak that has become so familiar. The
only downside to this figure? First, that it's seen such limited
release. Second, that he's unfamiliar to a number of people who are
buying figures. And last, that we didn't get K'Krukh with his uber-cool
hat! But considering all of the Jedi that were released this year,
K'Krukh stood out as the best of the bunch in my book.
Pat Newell (Imperial Shipyards.net): This is
a figure I've been waiting for since I first saw him in the pages
of the Dark Horse comics. Such an interesting species, and his character
in the comics really spoke to me, in some way. I've been wanting
to customize this one for so long, but just didn't have it in me
to do him right.
|7. Shaak Ti (BD61)
The Force Unleashed – Wave
6 – April
Chris Bortz (Jedi-Business.com): Personally,
I think it's great to see Jedi in different outfits other than in
their usual "monk-like" clothes. It's just more interesting
to see a Jedi's personality shine through a bit more. Shaak Ti from
The Force Unleashed is one of those characters, and I think Hasbro
did a fantastic job translating the video game version into an action
figure. Not only is the figure super articulated, but it captures
Shaak Ti's look from the game very well! It’s just an overall
very interesting and exotic looking figure.
Dan Curto (Rebelscum.com): First of all,
I love the Force Unleashed series of action figures that have been
coming out over the years, and I'm excited by possible future figures
from the game. It's hard to get a good-looking female figure in
this scale, but Hasbro not only delivered with a super-articulated
female figure, but they also managed to make her pretty hot! Add
in the complex detailed deco the character has, and you've got
Adam May (GalacticHunter.com): I
always thought of Shaak Ti as a very uptight Jedi Council Leader,
but I guess she sometimes moonlights as an exotic dancer. (Seriously,
the figure is practically a strip of "fabric" away from Oola, and
could easily take on Ayy Vida.) That said, I like to think of myself
as an evolved man with some grasp of feminism, and any female (alien,
human, or... friend on FaceBook) can dress any way she wants. Getting
back to the actual FIGURE, she's pretty rockin'. She's got the moves
(articulation) and she has that je ne sais qua that makes even a
guy like me (ahem!) do a double-take. So she's not uptight. That
makes me like her even more. Excellent figure, but it TOTALLY SUCKS
that it (and the rest of the EU wave) was made "exclusive" to
a pretty unreliable retailer (thus far).
Jeff Gouse (YodasNews.com): Kudos
to Hasbro for making a Shaak Ti figure that doesn’t suck and
can also complement the Felucian Rancor.
Pat Newell (ImperialShipyards.net): She looked
wicked in the game, and all of her concept art looked very nice,
and this figure represented all of that well. The articulation is
awesome, and she really stands out as a figure.
Justin Cook (Yakface.com): Again,
another outstanding effort – to me this is a close second to the ROTJ Leia. The
only thing that pushes Leia out ahead of Shaak Ti is the alternate
base she is packed with. On this figure though, Hasbro paid so much
attention to detail and articulation that the final result is amazing.
When the TFU game first came out, along with previews of her in the
game, there was a lot of fan interest in seeing her made. Add to
it that we haven’t even seen a re-release of the ROTS Shaak
Ti, it just makes this one all the more fun to finally get her back
in the mix. We even did a customizing group project at Yakface.com
with this rendition of Shaak Ti as the theme, which helps illustrate
the fan interest in this version of her. It’s a true shame
that this figure is not going to be as available as most others in
the modern era due to it being in an exclusive wave. Perhaps if Hasbro
looks at more TFU box sets, they can repack her into one. Fans who
missed out certainly deserve another shot at her.
Arnie Carvalho (SWActionNews.com): While I
initially dismissed this figure as being all [sex] appeal, getting
it in my hands and being able to appreciate the paint app and the
sculpt really made me appreciate this figure all the more.
|6. Nikto Gunner
Return Of The Jedi – Wave
2 – October
Adam May (GalacticHunter.com): I
love all things related to Jabba The Hutt, and this Nikto Gunner
is a welcome addition (and a figure that could provide parts for
other figures down the road). Despite what some forum commentators
say, the addition of the cannon does not mean that the Khetanna
(Jabba The Hutt's Sailbarge) is ever going to be made. Believe
me, I'd love it, and I'd probably have my ashes placed in it when
I die, but for some reason, Hasbro doesn't see the "aggressive" quality
of the Khetanna. Back on track... the cannon is just a cherry on
top of the icing. This was clearly a GREAT time for Jabba The Hutt
fans, and a lot of us are looking forward to the big guy's official
Shawn Groves (ImperialShipyards.net): The
figure itself looks spot on, but the big thing that pushed this
up my list was the fact that it included a weapon to attach to
a desert skiff, let alone a hopeful Sail Barge in the future. That
is great thinking. Give us weapons and accesories that we can use
with things we already have!
Adam Pawlus (GalacticHunter.com): This was
particularly notable not just for its great sculpt, but its accessory.
His large cannon was specially designed to clip right on to the Tatooine
Skiff railing, which is a great little bonus for vehicle collectors.
can you not like the aliens who protect Jabba the Hutt and this one
was a long time overdue. With his removable headgear you get a nice
look at the Nikto species. Armed and dangerous, Hasbro included a
Skiff Cannon that attaches to the small skiff vehicles. Now if we
could only get Jabba’s Sail Barge. Watch out Luke, he is aiming
(JediTempleArchives.com): Wow! Talk about an exact match!
It seems as if the costume of Nysad has been shrunken down into 3.75"
scale. Nikto Gunner is another example that shows just how far Hasbro
has come in their action figure technology. Instead of just painting
the various straps going across his body, they are separately molded
parts. While they could have gone the cheap route and just painted
them on, they treated us to some brilliant engineering which only
aids in making the figure more authentic to the reference materials
and his appearance in the film. Nikto Gunner should serve as a sign
that Hasbro has a lot of character ideas from Jabba's palace and
sail barge in mind. We hope they focus on more skiff guards and denizens
from Jabba's palace because they clearly strike a chord with collectors.
And once they build those "armies" for us, we WILL need a sail barge
to house them. Do you hear me Hasbro?
John Fagan (DewbackPatrol.com): After picking
up the Battle Above the Sarlacc Battlepack on clearance I wanted
something to really jazz up my skiff. The Nikto Gunner filled that
void in spades. The fact that his gun clips onto the railing is just
fantastic. The attention to detail on this figure was fantastic as
well. This was yet another figure I was so happy with that I bought
Nick LaBate (JediTempleWarRoom.com): This
figure is one of the sleeper hits of the LC RED line. First, it's
a skiff/sailbarge guard. As Hasbro has made their way through almost
all of the aliens from the Mos Eisley cantina, it seems that the
shift in focus for new alien figures has shifted to Jabba's palace & sail
barge. Enter the Nikto Gunner. It's somewhat reminiscent of one of
the vintage Kenner skiff guards, but it's a new character. As for
the figure? First off, it's a great sculpt. Next, it's surprisingly
well articulated. And the paint apps are very true to this character
from RETURN OF THE JEDI. Add in some cool accessories like the removable
helmet, blaster pistol and rail cannon? And it's a very cool figure.
Especially since the rail cannon is compatible with the railings
on the Tatooine skiff. Also, Hasbro admittedly stated that *IF* they
were to make a sail barge, they wanted the Nikto Gunner to have a
place to fix his weapon. You've got to love forward thinking.
Dan Curto (Rebelscum.com): I'm a big fan of
the background aliens...the more obscure, the better! When you give
me an alien from Jabba's Palace, I know we're in for something special.
The ROTJ wave had all kinds of great aliens in the wave, including
this guy. What's so great about him? Take your pick: a detailed sculpt,
great deco, removable helmet, working holster, or an added deck cannon
accessory (which may or may not be a hint at future toys!)
Chris Bortz (Jedi-Business.com): Just
like Giran, I think this Nikto Gunner is a fantastic addition to
Palace line-up. It just looks spot on! I am usually not big on accessories,
but the mobile heavy gun Hasbro included is pretty awesome (they
even weathered that baby nicely!)! Now all we need a Sail Barge where
we can attach it to! But, besides the weapon, the figure looks absolutely
|5. Concept Art
Expanded Universe – Wave
4 – November
30 (77-07) action figure line remains one of my most favorites so
far in Hasbro's rich history. And a big reason for my big love
of it was because of McQuarrie's and Hasbro's collaborative involvement
with the "chase"
concept figures. Of course these weren't "chase" figures in the
true sense, but they stood out from the rest in the line because of their
unique packaging. But they are totally amazing action figures and I am
so thankful that McQuarrie's version of
IG-88 can now join the ranks with its release in the Legacy Collection.
A retro-inspired (and rather humorous but incredibly awesome design), IG-88
has a kitchy look that somehow borrows pop culture from the 50s, 60s and
70s all wrapped up into one figure. And the super-articulation is just
gravy (and very well hidden I must add)!
Shawn Groves (ImperialShipyards.net): I think
we all like concept figures, but match it up with a droid and you
call that a win win. While just looking plain tough, this one appealed
to me because it would fit it any sci fi scenario, not just Star
Wars. Lets hope we continue to get more concept figures.
Dan Curto (Rebelscum.com): No
Ralph McQuarrie Concept figure collection is complete without this
IG-88. I love the "What if?" (or "Infinities" if
you prefer) designs of the characters from the movies, and this figure
hits all the right points: a deceptively detailed sculpt with hidden
articulation points, working holsters, and a look that captures an
older science fiction sense of style.
Jayson Krebsbach (Yakface.com): The
concept art for the entire saga is such a fertile area to pull figures
and Hasbro's team probably didn't have a lot of reference material
to work with but the sculptor sure did right by Ralph McQuarrie with
this forerunner to what we've all come to know as IG-88. The final
product turned out fantastic with its incorporated thigh holsters
and primo articulation. To me he also has a cool Gort from War of
the Worlds / Maximillion from The Black Hole essence about it while
still being uniquely "Star Wars". Definitely one of my
favorites this year necessitating repeat purchases.
Chad Cobain (JediTempleArchives.com): First
off, the design of this character is gorgeous, even on a piece of
paper. Then Hasbro comes along and turns a 2D pencil drawing into
a three-dimensional masterpiece. The perfect end to an amazing sub-line
of some of the best figures Hasbro has ever produced.
Justin Cook (Yakface.com): This
figure is high on my list not just for the quality here, but for
the original concept design. It just screams Star Wars concept, and
is a very welcome addition to the line. I like this one so much that
I purchased several of them for a fan fiction army of droids to be
used at some point in a diorama or a photonovel… it has a
lot of potential to be any sort of droid force one could imagine.
Also, Hasbro also did not let anyone down with the quality here.
It probably is the best detailed and articulated of all the concept
figures to date. He was, as expected, kind of hard to find however.
Jeff Gouse (YodasNews.com): The
Ralph McQuarrie series showed that, by and large, Hasbro can do justice
to the various concept art designs in the Star Wars universe, and
it’s a pleasure
to see that they are willing to continue the concept figures beyond
the core characters.
Adam Pawlus (GalacticHunter.com): Most of the
early Bounty Hunter concepts weren't as visually distinctive and
retro as IG-88, who looks like a refugee from another era of filmmaking.
The holsters, blasters, and bulky torso make this an IG-88 like no
Chuck Paskovics (JediTempleArchives.com): This
figure takes us back to the 50's with it's old sci-fi look! While
I'm glad it didn't make it into the movie, this concept figure is
a great addition to the concept art line!
|4. Episode V Concept
Art Snowtrooper (BD48)
Expanded Universe – Wave
5 – December
Arnie Carvalho (SWActionNews.com): I've not
been able to get my hands on one personally so I'm judging on the
internet photos, but what an amazing looking sculpt and a cool design.
I still think the final on-screen version is cooler (no pun intended),
but this figure tops my list as my second favorite concept figure
ever (first is McStormtrooper with sword and shield)
an alternative concept figure to that of Ralph McQuarrie's designs
of the Empire's troops, suitably attired for cold-weather conditions,
this version is significantly different to the final result. However,
despite incorporating some pretty cool designs reminiscent of Samurai
armour (where have we seen that before?), it's still hard to imagine
anything other than the look of the Snowtrooper that we have come
to know and love being the definitive article.
Adam Pawlus (GalacticHunter.com): Since appearing
in the various sketchbooks from back in the day, this was a design
that always stood out as being unique-- even in front of a concept
AT-AT that looked like a Turbo Tank! The nifty silver blaster and
bright white armor are accented by just enough blue to make it interesting.
Chris Spice (Sandtroopers.com): The
concept series was a great way to do something new with Star Wars
figures vs. putting out just another version of particular characters.
Fans are always interested in seeing behind the scenes designs, and
while they’re not much use for dioramas, it’s good to
see Hasbro continue the concept series. It never hurts to not forget
where you came from! I really did like the Ki-Adi Mundi and IG-88,
but the Snowtrooper was my first ever Empire Strikes Back figure,
and it was a thrill to have this figure added to my collection.
Jeff Gouse (YodasNews.com): You can never go
wrong with having another concept Imperial trooper among your ranks,
and this is one of the more visually interesting trooper concepts.
Jayson Krebsbach (Yakface.com): While
the McQuarrie version is a bit closer to the final design of the
snowtrooper, I really like Johnston's version due to its obvious
Japanese/samurai warrior design. The figure itself has a lot of detail
in the armor and even the legs that, for the most part, remain obscured
by the soft goods "skirt". He too lends himself well to
army building. Although the EU and concept figures are taking a back
burner for a year or two, I hope this isn't the last we see of these
type of figures as they often turn out to be some of the best in
Shawn Groves (Imperial Shipyards.net): What
I loved about this trooper is the attention to detail. It looks just
like the art. It also looks just as good without the soft goods as
in it. The custom possibilities for this one are tremendous. I can
see it showing up in myraid color combinations and add on armor styles.
Adam May (GalacticHunter.com): A lot of Joe
Johnston's concept art is incredible. His work is often overshadowed
by the more familiar work of Ralph McQuarrie. The Turbo Tank is based
on Joe Johnston's concept for a Hoth assault vehicle. (Star Wars
vehicles aren't supposed to have wheels, though, right?) This Concept
Snowtrooper is an excellent idea that never stood a chance. I can
guarantee you that several of this model will be helping to kill
slimy Rebels in my monster-sized AT-AT (when the time comes) along
with a few cool Ralph McQuarrie Concept Snowtroopers. The Samurai
look is much more Star Wars than the filmed Snowtrooper, but clearly
the menacing features that resemble, uh, a group of unkind people
that I won't even name, yeah, uh... that was the obvious choice.
(I've always wondered if anyone realized what Snowtroopers looked
like at the time?) OK, so, excellent styling interpreted by Hasbro,
excellent articulation (now that's a running theme) and softgoods
that work cohesively with the figure. I think that the Concept Snowtrooper
looks fantastic stood shoulder-to-shoulder with all of the other
Pat Newell (ImperialShipyards.net): Again,
such a great concept piece. This version is so sinister looking,
even more evil looking than the version that made the movie.
|3. Giran (BD21)
Return Of The Jedi – Wave
2 – October
Adam Pawlus (GalacticHunter.com): Just look
at the sculpting and admit it-- this is some of Hasbro's finest work.
The paint applications are wonderful, the eyes have a lot of personality
for a downscaled rubber mask, and the articulation is great. Not
buying this figure only hurts yourself.
few figures (OK, I lie, many) put me in complete awe, but Giran
is definitely one that knocks me to the ground in amazement. The
figure is essentially flawless from head to toe and if it were
not for the distractions of Princess Leia (Jabba's Slave) and Luke
Skywalker (Snowspeeder Pilot) action figures in the same line,
this would have easily became my favorite figure in the red phase
of the Legacy Collection. Giran is just simply stunning in every
way and while it may be insulting to describe him in such a juvenile
manner, it's seemingly the only way I can. I love this figure so
much and I can't wait to see him next to Wooof which shouldn't
be that much longer of a wait!
Adam May (GalacticHunter.com): Again,
another of Jabba The Hutt's retinue, and this "extra" Rancor
Keeper was on my list of figures that I thought would never see the
light of day, but due to the versatility of the Nikto species, this
figure can provide parts for several other figures from Jabba The
Hutt's entourage. He has all the mod-cons as far as articulation
goes, and the sculpt is spot-on. (He could probably use a little
dirt, but most collectors know how to do that.) Now the Malakili
(Mark II) has someone to console him. Now that's a figure I never
thought they'd refresh. Yowza!
Chris Bortz (Jedi-Business.com): I
am a big fan of side characters from the movies, especially when
it comes to Jabba’s Palace or the Cantina sequence. Giran turned out
very nicely and looks awesome! This is the kind of figure that adds
the “little extra” to your diorama!
David Syczylo (Sandtroopers.com): Malakili’s
friend who helps in the dungeons and with the Rancor under Jabba’s
palace is an alien that we have been waiting for. With his force
pike and removable headgear he is ready to take on any duty inside
the palace, even to console his friend at the loss of his beloved
Chad Cobain (JediTempleArchives.com): There
are a few things that make Giran the best figure of the red phase
line. First, the sculpt is easily one of the best that Hasbro has
EVER done. Second, the paint job is easily one of the best that Hasbro
has EVER done. But my favorite thing about this figure is that the
joints are so well hidden that when you look at him, it looks like
he maybe only has about six points of articulation. Then, when you
actually get him in your hand, you suddenly realize that this guy
can dance the robot if you wanted him to. One of Hasbro's all-time
Dan Curto (Rebelscum.com): An early favorite
when the line relaunched, the alien Rancor Keeper was a bit of a
surprise choice, but obscure background aliens are always a welcome
addition to a Star Wars figure line! The detailed sculpt of this
figure sets him apart from the crowd, and the fact that the body
is super-articulated for such an obscure character that most fans
wouldn't recognize speaks to the faith that Hasbro placed in him.
More Jabba's Palace aliens, please!
|2. Princess Leia (BD17)
Return Of The Jedi – Wave
2 – October
Jayson Krebsbach (Yakface.com): The
figure sculpting technology of today really necessitated a rework
of the Slave Leia figure. The first version, like many of the POTF2
figures, was a little "beefy" and the Deluxe POTJ version looked
great but paled in comparison to the TLC version with the articulation
and interchangeable "lounging legs'. Hats off to Hasbro for
this release - they really got it right and perfect timing with the
new Jabba on the slab for 2010.
Jeff Gouse (YodasNews.com): This is my personal
favorite because it redeemed Hasbro from all previous failed attempts
at this figure, had interchangeable parts that worked beautifully
together, and is an all-inclusive version of this version of Leia.
Adam Lamping (JediNews.co.uk): Although
I am somewhat partial to the earlier version of Slave Leia that was
released as part of the POTJ line, the fact that Hasbro provided
alternate sitting legs to provide a reclining pose in preparation
for a then-unannounced Jabba the Hutt with dais (and admittedly still,
with no official word as yet, despite images of a Wal-Mart exclusive
surfacing on the interweb), more than compensates for the chunky
cankles on the standing legs that would
have qualified this attempt as being inferior to its predecessor,
and promotes this to a much-vaunted position in my Top 10 red phase
Legacy Collection figures.
Adam May (GalacticHunter.com): I
like to think that this figure's overall concept started with a Pimp
This Figure! segment over on my blog at Galactic Hunter. A reader
created a "separate" lower
half for Slave Leia using Photoshop, and the look of that concept
really captured readers' attention. (Note that it doesn't actually
mean the concept came from that segment, but I like to think maybe
somehow, somewhere...) I still have a tremendous amount of affection
for the Power of the Jedi Deluxe Princess Leia with Sail Barge Cannon,
but Princess Leia (Jabba's Slave) wins simply because of articulation,
artistry, and deco.
Nick LaBate (JediTempleWarRoom.com): When
rumors started to circulate that a new Slave Leia may be in the works,
I started to think "What could they possibly do this time around
that wasn't done in the POTJ figure?" Thankfully, Hasbro had
a good answer to that question. Historically female characters have
been tricky to sculpt well (monkey face Leia anyone?). But in this
case Hasbro was able to give us a good Slave Leia that had a reasonable
level of articulation. And then there was the alternate lower body.
All of a sudden we had options about how we could pose Leia: as Jabba's
slave on the throne, or in an action pose escaping from the Sail
Chris Spice (Sandtroopers.com): While
not my choice to see figures done again and again, this version of
the Slave Princess Leia was a cut above any of the previous versions
we have seen in the past. The alternate torso is what made it a slam-dunk
for me, but all the rest of the accessories were a warm welcome to
the retooled figure. No doubt the best one yet.
Chuck Paskovics (JediTempleArchives.com): The
fact that we essentially get two figures in one is great! Not to
mention the great likeness! As hard as it is to add superior articulation
to a (mostly) bare-skinned figure, Hasbro does a great job hiding
Justin Cook (Yakface.com): The
ROTJ Leia has to be considered an amazing figure for the simple fact
that it is not only articulated so she can be put in virtually any
pose for mighty Jabba, but the secondary base for the figure proves
that Hasbro can go the extra mile on a figure like this to guarantee
a hit. Add to it that the likeness is fantastic, and you have one
fantastic action figure. And so what if she’s a girl? She kills
the most notorious gangster in the galaxy… not to mention
Hasbro has never made a sexier figure than this. I only saw this
figure a handful of times – it was the hottest figure in the
ROTJ wave in my area. I think Hasbro might have been a bit gun shy
about overproducing her due to some pegwarming Leia figures in the
past… I know if they released her again, I’d get a couple
more for some custom dancers.
John Fagan (DewbackPatrol.com): This
figure finally made my Jabba’s throne room scene look just
right! Leia just never looked like she belonged in my scene prior
to this version, but now I have her sitting right there in front
of that big slug. The fact that Hasbro even gave us to sets of legs
still shocks me and I loved getting a little cup that I could throw
into my cantina scene. I was so jazzed about this figure I bought
two to have one standing and one sitting.
Shawn Groves (ImperialShipyards.net): I think
the fact that they included an extra set of legs for this gal in
the exact pose we see her as Jabba's Slave and another set of regular
legs really sets a standard level when it comes to character specific
poses. I just hope we can see Hasbro do more of this type of thing
in the future. Can anyone see an extra arm set for a holographic
Vader with his hands on his hips?
Chad Cobain (JediTempleArchives.com): Princess
Leia (Jabba's Slave) - Interchangeable legs: why have we not seen
this before? After thirty some odd years of Star Wars figs, Hasbro
drops this beauty on us. This feature could have easily been botched,
but those kids at Hasbro knocked this one out of the park.
|1. Luke Skywalker (BD51)
The Empire Strikes Back – Wave
5 – December
Nick LaBate (JediTempleWarRoom.com): Over
the years we have seen a great number of Luke Skywalker figures come
and go. Some have been filler, and others have been pretty good.
Luke Skywalker (Snowspeeder Pilot) is an instance of a Luke figure
that exceeded expectations in a big way. Hasbro had been ramping
up to bring out a premium sculpted Snowspeeder pilot for some time.
That much was clear in the Evolutions line with figures like Kesin
Ommis and Wes Janson. But in the case of the Snowspeeder Luke figure,
Hasbro was not content to simply put a Luke Skywalker head on a generic
snowspeeder pilot body. Instead they really upped their game for
this figure. It's an all new sculpt and it's decked out with great
detail and appropriate accessories. The headsculpt features Luke
wearing the pilot skullcap, and the helmet fits just right. The grappling
hook can actually be hooked onto the figure if you get creative.
And a lightsaber hilt is included, too. I would have given this figure
the top mark had it included something very simple: the lightsaber
blade. Granted, Luke didn't use his lightsaber much in the battle
of Hoth. But he did use it to pierce the underbelly of an AT-AT so
that he could place a mine that took out the Imperial Walker.
Shawn Groves (ImperialShipyards,net): I have
gotten my hands on a few pilot Lukes and this one by far has the
best facial features of any of em! We have all seen Luke's face
go so wrong so many times that it was just nice to see it right
and then see all the bells and whistles they gave us with this
one. How 'bout that grapple anyone?!
Jayson Krebsbach (Yakface.com): I'm
a sucker for Luke figures and with the repacked Stormtrooper disguise
version from wave 1 and the semi-disappointing DSII version from
wave 2, this one was clearly the best, and most welcome upgrade for
the Legacy Collection. The POTF2 "X-wing" version barely
held its own back then and the kitbash version from the TAC Ultimate
Battle Pack was all kinds of wrong. The highlights for this figure
are Mark Hamill likeness, the flight cap head sculpt and the harpoon
gun accessory. Sadly, we're missing an ignited lightsaber accessory
and the included hilt is still wrong, but neither take away from
being one of this year's best.
you've read my Research Droids Review on this figure (click the link
above), then there is really nothing more I can utter. But Luke Skywalker
(Snowspeeder Pilot) is the most perfect action figure from Hasbro
in the Legacy Collection. I don't care if he is missing a lit lightsaber
and I don't care if his orange flight suit is not exactly the right
color. I do care that this figure is awesome in every way and that
it certainly deserves the number one ranking spot as my favorite
figure. We waited a long time for a Luke Skywalker action figure
to be this good and Hasbro has delivered a stellar figure figure
that will not likely age at all. I bet collectors will still be enjoying
this figure decades from now.
Justin Cook (Yakface.com): While
I am burnt out on orange flight suits and just Rebel pilots in general
(how many has Hasbro released in the past couple years?) – this
figure is an exception and is quite possibly the best all around
Luke Skywalker figure to date. The sculpt, articulation and likeness
are all fantastic. The accessories are cool too (and for those that
don’t know what to do with that
clip for the harpoon gun, you can clip it to the removable hose on his
leg). I believe there has been mention that this figure sports the wrong
light saber hilt, but with the plethora of light saber hilts available
these days that’s a very minor detail. This figure is right on
target and I assume we’ll see a re-release later with an alternate
Jeff Gouse (YodasNews.com): Finally
a Snowspeeder Luke with more accurate proportions, a removable helmet,
and scene-specific accessories—no doubt released with the upcoming
massive AT-AT in mind.
Adam May (GalacticHunter.com): This figure
really nailed it (well, except for the lack of a lightsaber blade
to go with the hilt) and the head/facial sculpt looks dead-to-rights.
Now we must wait for the new and improved (?) Snowspeeder and that
Big Arsenal AT-AT to really put Luke Skywalker to work. This is actually
one of those figures that I have bought multiples of just for display
purposes (down the road).
Chad Cobain (JediTempleArchives.com): I know
there are some flaws and some missed opportunities regarding this
figure, but come on, his is a fine piece of work. Sculpt, deco, likeness,
articulation, accessories: this figure has it all.
Chris Bortz (Jedi-Business.com): This version
of Luke Skywalker is my favorite so far. It just looks awesome on
display! Not only did Hasbro manage to get the head sculpt right,
but they also managed to make it a super articulated figure where
the joints are hidden very well.
Adam Lamping (JediNews.co.uk): There aren't
really enough superlatives to describe just how great this figure
is, and although there is room for improvement (see Shabby Blue's
critique on GalacticHunter.com), it is a fine example of the high
standard that Hasbro are capable of achieving in the action figure
line. I can't wait to get the BAT-AT to hang this bad boy from!
David Syczylo (Sandtroopers.com): This is the
Ultimate Hoth Luke made to date. With various accessories (one that
will work well with the upcoming AT-AT) and removable helmet this
Luke topples Imperial Walkers. Luke has lots of play value for his
upcomimg Snow Speeder or AT-AT. Luke is kicking butt on Hoth and
in your collection.
our favorite figure were ever so slightly edged out of the
Top 10 ranking. What follows below is a list of the next 10 most favorite
figures of the entire panel. And because their comments were so good, we
just had to include more of them here for you also. These runner-ups are
listed in alphabetical order.
|AT-AT Driver (BD49)
The Empire Strikes Back – Wave
5 – December
(SWActionNews.com): Honestly I don't see a lot of differences
with this one and the one released a while back, but with the BAT-AT
coming soon you can't hae enough of these guys. Stock up now lest
your BAT-ATs be left driver-less.
Groves (ImperialShipyards.net): While hoping
for a little more in the ankles and elbows than the Saga2 version,
I was pleased that we finally were given our first removeable helmet
driver. Lets face it, we are all going to have to have multiples
of this figure if we are going to man up our new version At-At's.
Some thought the helmet sat a little high, but for me all this figure
now needs is full articulation and varied head offerings!
Carvalho (SWActionNews.com): Always an
awesome choice. You can never go wrong with an AT-AT driver. The
helmet looks large on this one but overall a good figure. I don't
know why I think the helmet is too large - maybe his body is too
small? Either way, he needs to be in your collection. Classic choice.
(DewbackPatrol.com): This figure really surprised me. With
all the chatter online about how the last AT-AT driver may have
been better, I really enjoyed this figure. Once I saw that the
new AT-AT was going to hold so many figures in the cockpit, I went
right in to troop building this guy. In my opinion, the AT-AT drivers
had big heads in the movie so why shouldn’t the figures!
Adam Lamping (JediNews.co.uk):
preparation for the BAT-AT that will soon be taking up a ton of space
in many collectors' and kids' lives, the all-new AT-AT Driver offers
a slight-improvement on the version last seen in the TSC (complete with Clone-head), and building on the last release, delivers a pretty-spectacular
|Clone Commander Cody (BD44)
Revenge Of The Sith – Wave
4 – November 2009
Paskovics (JediTempleArchives.com): This
is one clone that was truly in need of an upgrade! Great job!
Shawn Groves (ImperialShipyards.net): This one makes my top ten becaue
of the hips. Now I can't say they have the look down pat as to me the
legs looked kinda stuck on, but I sure did appreciate the articulation
they gave said hips which helps the overall playability of this figure
immensely. With a little more work I sure do hope this type of hip becomes
the standard used.
Jeff Gouse (YodasNews.com): While the face sculpt on the original release
edges out this new version, the overall quality of this updated Cody
is leaps and bounds better than the original release.
Spice (Santroopers.com): It is very hard to believe I’d select a figure that already has a pretty decent
predecessor, but the redesigned Commander Cody is nothing short
of jaw dropping. The detailed head sculpt, helmet, battle-damage
and mini Holographic Sidious gives you everything you need to execute
Order 66. It is no wonder why you next to never see this figure
at retail. If there are subtle inaccuracies in the armor, I’d
be willing to let that slide since this figure is so much better
than the previous.
(JediTempleArchives.com): Forgetting the
belt mishap, Cody scores big for the fantastic attention to detail
that has been put into this update. The crew cut is spot-on and throwing
in the Sidious hologram and Kenobi's light saber shows us all that
Hasbro can still surprise us with a treat every once in a while.
Concept Art Ki-Adi-Mundi (BD38)
Expanded Universe – Wave
3 – November 2009
Adam Pawlus (GalacticHunter.com): After
seeing the cool art-of books with Ki-Adi-Mundi and Plo Koon as
seemingly damaged but certainly upgraded warriors, there was a
small outcry for figures. And Hasbro gave us both of them! This
one has a swell eyepatch and nifty costume that's way more interesting
than the Jedi robes from the films. Of course, he's a little pale.
(JediTempleArchives.com): I absolutely adore Ki-Adi-Mundi
and I especially love the concept figure based on the artwork sketches
as well. I am truly disappointed by the lack of final wash on him
(especially when you look at the figure shown at 2009 San Diego Comic
Con), but he has it where it counts everywhere else, including a
uniquely colored lightsaber. (Cloudy baby blue, anyone?). He has
been criticized as being a little too pink (which is true) but he
interetsingly is the best version of Ki-Adi-Mundi that money can
buy (for now). I am a sucker for concept art figures and it is really
cool when they are based on characters outside of the Original Trilogy
too. (But of course I have greater affection for the McQuarries
and Johnston figures first!)
Jeff Gouse (YodasNews.com): This
stands out as the best of the three concept figures because it
actually makes Ki-Adi Mundi look like [one mean Jedi]!
Pat Newell (ImperialShipyards.net): This
is a great little addition to the line. It's always nice to see
where other ideas could have gone, and this is no exception. I'd
much rather have seen this version in ROTS, showcasing just how
difficult the Clone Wars were on the Jedi.
|Darth Sidious Hologram (BD10)
The Phantom Menace – Wave
1 – September
Jeff Gouse (YodasNews.com): While
it was disappointing to see a recycled Sidious hologram, this is
one of the more visually interesting components in Episode I, and
it was long overdue.
Spice (Sandtroopers.com): This was a very unique concept for
a 3-¾ figure, and this really makes you
wonder if they could make ideas like this come to life, why more
emphasis wasn’t put on Episode I for the ten-year anniversary?
I think they could have done more than they did in terms of number.
I would have liked to see at least a dozen new Phantom Menace figures.
Even though we could use a resculpt of Darth Sidious, they really
knocked it out of the park with this one. There is something to
be said about the concept, as it is very original for them to generate
Cook (Yakface.com): When people look back on the Legacy line,
I’m not sure this figure is going to
stand out as a figure they really remember. It’s pretty well
done though, and is how I will always think of Darth Sidious in
TPM… as an intimidating hologram on a walking contraption
that sort of resembles a droid. When this first came out, I was
very excited because I consider this to be a rather iconic figure
from TPM. The holo of the Dark Lord is just a chunk of plastic
though… but he’s well sculpted and the walking droid
is actually really cool. Great articulation and a nice sculpt on
that little four legged thing. There’s not a whole lot more
that Hasbro really could have done with this, and it makes for
a nice addition to the TPM line. For what it’s worth, I also
used the droid for a custom too. Pretty fun, yet different piece
of fodder. I never saw this figure as a peg warmer (or really much
of anything from this wave), so I can’t really judge whether
or not this was that popular of a figure, or just produced in low
quantities. But I did see this wave hit all the major retailers,
and this one never hung around too long. Looking at this
wave, I would say that most people would probably classify Rum
Sleg as a better figure, and maybe he is. But this one is unique
and I waited for over a decade for Hasbro to make it – and
I would consider this as more of a filled hole in the TPM line
than a background alien like Rum Sleg.
[Paploo & Nho'Apakk] (BD18)
Return Of The Jedi – Wave
2 – October
Marjorie Carvalho (SWActionNews.com): There
is no such thing as too many Ewoks. I'm really hoping that the
30th Anniversary of ROTJ brings about an Ewok-alanche.
Adam Pawlus (GalacticHunter.com): Hasbro
really seems to be on a groove for making "new" figures
with a new noggin and accessories, the Ewoks lend themselves well
to this way of making new figures. Paploo isn't as cuddly as the
original 1984 release, but he's still pretty awesome with his new
(Sandtroopers.com): Two balls of fur for the price of one! Now that
is a good deal. Hasbro has made a handful of Ewoks but we need more
and this time we get two. Sure they might reuse parts but they are
different enough to be two new Ewoks. How else can I say it? Two
Ewoks to help the Rebels take down the mighty Empire.
Arnie Carvalho (SWActionNews.com): Finally
a way to get a Paploo without a hard to find TRU exclusive pack,
and while I couldn't pick Nho'Ahpakk out of a line-up, the more varied
(non-pink) Ewoks Hasbro makes, the more varied my dioramas can be!
(if I ever actually build them)
(JediTempleArchives.com): I love Ewoks and I want them to never
stop coming. While it is my preference to see the ones from the vintage
line completed first, random ones like Nho'Apakk, Leektar and Graak are
very exciting too. Hasbro has perfected them in the action figure line
thanks to technology getting the scale right and I am so thrilled
that they are becoming a staple in all the main basic figure lines each
year. While I think Paploo is a tad off from the character we see in Return
Of The Jedi (the character that steals the speeder bike appears taller
and leaner), it still is a marvel to get him so well executed in the Legacy
|Imperial Scanning Crew (BD32)
A New Hope – Wave
3 – November 2009
Adam Lamping (JediNews.co.uk): Bolstering
the Empire's ranks is a more refined version of the Imperial Scanning
Crew than was seen previously with the Millennium Falcon carry-case
and single-carded in the OTC line, this time offering a trimmer
body shape and superior articulation; oh, and a holster. Sadly,
the running change variant that was scheduled for release has yet
to appear, making this trooper's task of dragging the scanner onto
the Millennium Falcon doubly difficult.
Jayson Krebsbach (Yakface.com): The
Scanning Crewman is a great figure I think because of its army
building quality and its overall versatility. The Empire has received
their fair share of various troopers, pilots and named officers
over the years so it was high time that some generic, non-clone
based Imperials got some love. A lot of collectors, myself included,
were elated when he (and his missing-in-action variant) was revealed
at SDCC in 2009. Too bad things didn't turn out as quite as advertised.
He and the Rebel Ground Crew/Technician were definite pluses to
the line these past few years.
John Fagan (DewbackPatrol.com): Seeing
as the last version of this figure came out in the OTC (which was
when I went on figure collecting hiatus because of a wedding),
I have always looked at friends’ collections with lust in my eyes. I wanted
this figure for a long time, but wanted the articulation to have
him sit as you see this type of uniform on the bridge of the Star
Destroyers (“Lord Vader demands and update on the pursuit”guy).
After picking up this figure and being so satisfied with how he
turned out (not to mention wondering if we would ever get another
figure with the other portion of the scanner) I couldn’t
stop buying him. I think in all I have purchased about 10 of him
and they are all waiting to fill out dioramas! I also love that
this guy’s hat is NOT removable! I was very disappointed
with the Bespin Security Guards for that reason!
Nick LaBate (JediTempleWarRoom.com): It seems that collectors can now
expect to see a new Imperial army builder with good sculpting and articulation
on an annual basis. Last year that was the Space Trooper. And this year
it's the Scanning Trooper. The Scanning Trooper was something of an oddity
when it was first offered in the POTF2 days. It was only offered as a
pack-in with a Millenium Falcon figure carrying case. That same figure
was also offered in the OTC line. But that figure was limited by the
sculpting and articulation of the time. This new version offers much
more: premium articulation, a great sculpt, a working holster, blaster
and the scanning gear. But this figure is also somewhat disappointing
despite it's high marks. When Hasbro revealed that there would be a running
change on the Scanning Trooper there was a good deal of excitement. Especially
since it would include different scanning gear. But with that figure
delayed indefinitely it's left a good number of collectors disappointed.
However, this figure scored very well purely on it's own merits.
Dan Curto (Rebelscum.com): Here's
a figure that really nailed the uniform and has so much repack/repaint
potential...it's a great buck for all of those "jumpsuit" guys
from the Classic Trilogy. The sculpting on the suit is top-notch, and
the accessory was LONG overdue. A shame about the running change variant
(and the second half of the scanning trunk) being canceled, but there's
always hope for a future release. And this figure's base would make
for a great new AT-ST Driver, wouldn't it?
|Jeremoch Colton (BD42)
Revenge Of The Sith – Wave
4 – November 2009
David Syczylo (Sandtroopers.com): First
of all it is Jeremy Bulloch the guy who played Boba Fett in the
original Star Wars movies and it is an obscure character. I like
the obscure characters along with any alien character and this
one has hit a homerun. He can sit and pilot a ship or he can
take you down with his blaster, a nice human character to populate
Arnie Carvalho (SWActionNews): I
found all the unmasked OT cameos in the prequels quite entertaining,
and this will be another great item to get signed at Star Wars
Adam Lamping (JediNews.co.uk): If for no other reason than the fact
that it meant that we finally got to see Jeremy Bulloch's face immortalised
in plastic, this one gets my vote, plus it allows for custom Fetts like
the one produced by VolkerC. There should be little reason now for Hasbro
not to produce a Lieutenant Sheckil figure at some stage in the future.
(Sandtroopers.com): Once again an obscure character makes my
list! In this case I have to attribute my friendship that I’ve developed over the years with Mr. Bulloch that
makes this figure rank so high on my list. When we caught up to
him at Chicago Comic-Con last year and showed him the figure was
coming, you could tell he was pretty happy that it wasn’t
just another Boba Fett. As kind as he’s been to fans over
the years, it’s great to see him get a figure with his own
head on it. I also would rather see more obscure characters released
vs. another Darth Vader, Chewbacca or R2-D2. We have plenty of
those characters don’t we? Check
The Empire Strikes Back – Wave
5 – December 2009
(DewbackPatrol.com): Even though this is a re-release of the
VTSC figure, I just couldn’t get enough
of this figure. Over the year I purchased large quantities of the
Snowtrooper to trick out my upcoming purchase of the new AT-AT. The
figure does have some faults though. I would love to get a Snowtrooper
that could stand at attention rather than just a wide stance one,
but perhaps we will get that in the future.
Marjorie Carvalho (SWActionNews): I
love, love, love Snowtroopers. I really like this one. I think
they got the coloring right. It's so hard with so much white to
pull it off well but they did.
Adam Lamping (JediNews.co.uk): Whilst
this is a repaint of the figure from The Saga Collection originally
released in 2007, living in the Great White North, how could I not
pick the Snowtrooper? 'Nuff said!
|Willrow Hood (BD53)
The Empire Strikes Back – Wave
5 – December 2009
Krebsbach (Yakface.com): There were many a naysayer out there
(even in the Hasbro camp) that said a figure like this would/should
never be made. For me, Willrow Hood (aka the "Ice
Cream Maker Guy"), amounts to the epitome of a Fans' Choice
figure. Sure, he may not be the most exciting figure to come down
the pike, but that really isn't the point. The point, for me, is
how a dedicated segment of collectors can come along and rally behind
a cause and be persistent enough in order to see their dreams realized
in plastic form. And for that, Willrow Hood will be a prominent piece
displayed in my collection, complete with Scott Pearson's signature.
(SWActionNews.com): Willrow Hood. Gotta give it up to the
fans for making this happen despite the objection of Darryl DePriest.
Sure, he [may be] warming [some] pegs now, but any time the fans can
get something they've clamored for, like Willrow or Yarna (or perhaps
the Tonnika sisters someday) it's a victory for collectors.
Shawn Groves (ImperialShipyards.net): For
this one I just like the fact that his whole reason for being is
the repeated attempts by true Star Wars collectors and fans to
have this made. It is nice to know someone is listening to us.
You have to hand it to the Star Wars Fanbase in general for turning
a rather obscure figure into one we finally can all have in our
collections. Did anyone else have to hit the pause buttons numerous
times to point this guy out or is it just me?
Dan Curto (Rebelscum.com): Admittedly,
this figure is included in this list mostly for the HUGE underground
fan support that it took to get him made in the first place. I love
the minor background duys in the films (you'll notice there are no
main characters in my list), and they are what makes the hobby that
much more fun for longtime collectors. The backstory that Scott came
up with all those years ago, and the online support this character
has had over the years is great. The figure itself has a great attention
to detail, right down to the "beefy" build
of the character. Hasbro really pulled out all the bells and whistles
for this character, when they could have easily cranked out an inferior
version. Since the outfit is similar to a Rebel Pilot's uniform,
there's also the potential to reuse the parts for some of the larger
heroes of the Rebellion.
(SWActionNews.com): Dear Star Wars Collectors, I understand the need
for the background characters so you can make your dioramas and/or
brag to your non-SW friends when they wonder who the man with the
ice cream maker is. But while it's a super cool figure, it's actually
damaging future obscure figures because Willrow and Plo Koon have
formed a posse in your local toy aisle. Their numbers are increasing
because no one is buying them. Great idea, but it needs to be a mail
away. Don't get me wrong, I love this figure and I think it's awesome
when the fans are listened to. But I think it needs to be sold a
The Empire Strikes Back – Wave 5 – December
Syczylo (Sandtroopers.com): It has been a long time since we
last got a modern Zuckuss and this one is a major improvement over
the last release that we got of him over ten years ago. This time
he sports soft goods on his beautifully sculpted body that allows
him to stand there on the bridge of the Executor as his listens
to Darth Vader or perhaps take a seat for once.
is a figure that was a tail-end Charlie of sorts. Over the past
few years Hasbro has been systematically revisiting the Bounty
Hunters from THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. Almost all of them were revised
in a number of basic figure lines between 2004 and 2008, but there
was one last holdout: the Gand Bounty Hunter Zuckuss. The only
modern era version of Zuckuss was offered in the later waves of
the POTF2 line, and was limited by the articulation that was the
standard circa 1997/98. That version was reissued in an exclusive
multipack as well. But again, it was a figure that was limited
by the sculpting and articulation of the time. And then came the
LC RED Zuckuss! Wow. This figure does not disappoint. The sculpt
is spot on, and incorporates an appropriate use of softgoods, so
this Zuckuss can be posed in a variety of stances. And from a scale
perspective this version of Zuckuss is more accurate to the stature
of Zuckuss as seen on the bridge of the Executor in THE EMPIRE
STRIKES BACK. Add in a couple of interesting accessories, and this
figure has it all!
John Fagan (DewbackPatrol.com): Being
a big bounty hunter fan and finally getting an articulated Zuckuss
that meets my expectations made this figure and easy selection
for the top figure in this line. The details on the cloak, as well
as the fantastic sculpt made this figure a must have in my opinion.
(Sandtroopers.com): This is another fantastic example of
what happens when Hasbro has the desire to revisit a character
they haven’t done for some time. This character was in deep
need of an overhaul, and I don’t even mind the fact they dropped
it into the exclusive figure set with 4-LOM. The vintage paintjob
used in the set makes up for the repeat, and it truly is warranted
in the set. The carded version is more screen accurate in terms of
sculpt, paint and design. The soft goods really push it over the
top and make this version by far the most superior to date.
every collection, from vintage to modern, Zuckuss has been the
last bounty hunter attacked for release in the basic figure line.
But this time, Hasbro went all out and made a rather remarkable
version of him, complete with perfect scale and detail. He looks
fantastic next to 4-LOM and we are so glad we can check him off
of our vintage to modern lists.
(JediNews.co.uk): Having only previously been released
in the modern line in the POTF2 line (aside from being included in a
TSC-era multi-pack), 4-LOM, sorry, Zuckuss (old habits die hard!), has
benefitted from a much-needed update and can now stand head-to-toe (despite
his diminutive stature) with the other bounty hunters who have also been
re-done from their earlier versions, so much so that it is now being
re-released, not only in the forthcoming The Vintage Collection, but
also double-packed with 4-LOM as a Jedi-Con/Celebration V exclusive and
released with a vintage colour-scheme.
The Peanut Gallery
thought you would also be interested in learning briefly about all
the great minds that participated in this Special Report. Be sure to check
out their informative fan sites too and read the plethora of information
they provide for Star Wars collectors like yourselves.
Bortz (Jedi-Business.com): Jedi-Business
has been on the map for some time now, but has attained a whole new
viewing audience when Chris Bortz joined the Hasbro Q & A session
recently. Jed-Business is a haven for great reviews and detailed information
about all the figures reviewed. It is a distinct pleasure to have him
join all of us in this event compiling the list of the best Star Wars
figures in the Legacy Collection.
Arnie Carvalho (SWActionNews.com): With
two names that really need no introduction, there is probably not a more
entertaining medium of Star Wars collecting than the humorous banter
between Arnie and Marjorie Carvalho. One of the first podcasts that engaged
listeners on a whole new level, this is podcasting at its best. Thoughtful,
insightful and relevant, Star Wars Action News should be your weekly
does of Star Wars. You won’t be the same! Arnie has been featured
in many multimedia events and has been featured in quite a few clips
on television showing off his Star Wars collection.
Marjorie Carvalho (SWActionNews.com): Marjorie
is the much better half of the amazing SWAN duo and was the first to
create a show based on the girly side of Star Wars. Breaking down barriers
and stereotypes that Star Wars is just another boys hobby, Marjorie co-hosted an amazing show with Scott from Tulsa’s better half Deanna and proved that girl power is just as relevant. Quick-witted and possessing a laugh that is incredibly infectious, Marjorie gives SWAN a whole new voice and the show wouldn’t
be the same without her.
Justin Cook (Yakface.com): Justin
Cook, longtime staff member at Yakface.com, has been responsible for creating
and coordinating one of the hobby’s most impressive and ultimately
cool photo novel series on the web entitled The Enloe Chonicles.
A customs expert, Justin has brought new and exciting Star Wars characters
to the forefront of collectors’ consciousness and you just have
to check out some of his creations to understand just what we mean. We
are ecstatic to have Justin join us for this Special Report as he offers
a truly unique perspective of his favorite characters in the Legacy Collection as both a fan of the original films as well as through the eyes of a customizer.
Chad Cobain (JediTempleArchives.com): Chad Cobain is the freshest face at JediTempleArchives.com and is lending his design expertise to assist us in the creation of our very popular Visual Guides. Chad is a long time collector despite being new to a fan site and it is such a pleasure to have him along for this ride.
Dan Curto (Rebelscum.com): If
you only browsed the web once looking a fan collecting site, then the
chances are pretty high than you ran across the name Dan Curto. Dan
Curto is the main news gatherer, photo archives specialist and many other
things at the web biggest Star Wars site, Rebelscum.com. And what makes
Dan extra cool is that he is down to earth, extremely friendly and ready
to talk Star Wars with about anyone who will listen. JTA just hosted
an interview with him entitled Dan Curto: Sketch Card Artist and it is
very exciting to collaborate with him again so soon as he picked his
favorite figures in the Legacy Collection.
John Fagan (DewbackPatrol.com): The
newest kids on the block, DewbackPatrol.com is quickly establishing itself
as one of the friendliest Star Wars collecting sites on the web while
providing collectors with a great source for their collecting needs.
Their original and very cool Defining Definitive Figures column
is gaining brisk momentum in the forum community while focusing their
format as a Hasbro-only product site. John Fagan who also provides the
site’s reviews and other features joins us for this groundbreaking
gathering of sites. It is a pleasure to have him in this critique offering
their opinions to the best figures in the Legacy Collection.
Jeff Gouse (YodasNews.com): Jeff
Gouse, long time staff member at Yoda’s News, gives his two cents
on the best figures in the Legacy Collection. Known for his
in-depth product reviews, Jeff offers a unique layout and format for
readers to learn about the various collectibles in the Star Wars universe.
Shawn Groves (ImperialShipyards.net): As
a site that focuses strictly on the customizing talent of the masses,
ImperialShipyards.net is full of ways to make Hasbro’s impressive line of action figures look even better. But that’s only if you’re willing to repaint and cobble them together with different parts. As s site full with unparalleled artistic talent and a great group of guys leading the way, ImperialShipyards.net is the site to visit if you’re
looking for some very new and cool custom ideas.
Harrison (JediTempleArchives.com): A
collector who has been in this hobby since the re-launch in 1995 (not
counting the vintage era), Paul Harrison didn’t make his presence
known on the web until he replied to a “help wanted” ad
at JediTempleArchives.com (but did leak store report and other info from
time to time to the various sites he loves). Since joining JTA, Paul
has brought a new energy to the site. He is pretty much entirely responsible
for all the daily Research Droids Reviews you read and they have become
quite a staple at JTA. And he is also the brainchild behind spearheading
this collective Special Report and has wanted the various websites to
come together for a while now. That has all come to pass and he looks
very forward to the next collaboration which he hopes won't be very long
Jayson Krebsbach (Yakface.com): Known
for his stunningly thorough Toyguide at Yakface.com, Jayson Krebsbach
quickly established himself as the main news gatherer at one of the longest
running fan sites in the Star Wars universe. Witty, artistic and always
willing to help out, Jayson’s respect for his readers and friends
is truly unique and much appreciated by all in the hobby. We are extremely
honored to have such an esteemed colleague as he partakes in this Special
Report with us.
Nick LaBate (JediTempleWarRoom.com): Nick
LaBate is someone with a wealth of knowledge of Star Wars information.
Able to recall the finest details of some background character in the
Expanded Universe to the “blink or you’ll miss them” characters
in the Star Wars films, Nick is responsible for maintaining and distilling
all of the rumors at JediTempleWarRoom.com. Intellectual, precise and
possessing an unbelievable amount of passion for Star Wars, Nick gives
his awesome insight on his favorite figures in the Legacy Collection.
Adam Lamping (JediNews.co.uk): We
were very eager to get some opinions from across the pond about what
figures were the very best in the Legacy Collection. Adam Lamping from
JediNews.co.uk stepped up to the plate and joined this all-star cast
of Star Wars fan site writers for this project. Adam hones his great
writing skills on what figures tickled his fancy the most and we are
so excited to have him join in on the banter. His site was the first
to release four new images of figures from The Vintage Collection coming
out this August! We’re not worthy! We’re not worthy!
Adam May (GalacticHunter.com): Inflammatory,
eccentric and an extremely talented writer, Adam May offers his expertise
on what figures should be worthy of Top 10 status. Responsible for breaking
(probably) the biggest Hasbro Star Wars story ever on the big Millennium
Falcon at GalacticHunter.com, it is an honor to have him join us in
our presentation of the Legacy Collection’s cream of the crop. If you don’t already,
you should make it a point to check out his frequent Galactic Blogger posts whenever possible. They are very well written and definitely
have the ability to make you laugh quite hard.
Pat Newell (ImperialShipyards.net): Pat
is the other main guy at ImperialShipyards.net and we are extremely pleased
to have him join us in this Special Report. He too works for a great
site that really steps up the quality of the Hasbro line thanks to the
great artists out there. As a site laden with unparalleled artistic talent
and a great group of guys leading the way, ImperialShipyards.net is the
site to visit if you’re looking for some very new and cool custom
Chuck Paskovics (JediTempleArchives.com): Mr.
Numero Uno himself at JTA, Chuck offers his perspective on what figures
just wowed the pants off of him. His trademark Visual Guides have become
one of the most relied upon collector references in the industry. With
an unprecedented amount of detail and clarity, the Visual Guides definitely
provide a unique tool for collectors. It is great to have him join
this parade of the best figures in the Legacy Collection.
Adam Pawlus (GalacticHunter.com): If
you are old or new to Star Wars collecting fan sites, you know the name
Adam Pawlus. Who doesn’t wake up first thing Monday morning and run to Galactic Hunter to read Adam’s very entertaining and informative Q & A?
Adam has been a mainstay in the collecting site universe and many have
stuck like glue to him through his many travels. Possessing a widespread
knowledge of the most detailed Star Wars things that few others can claim
to know or recall, his Figure Of The Day segment has evolved into an amazing
feat and huge fan favorite column. And with Figure Of The Day exceeding over 1000 entries, his work is clearly unprecedented. Moonlighting at Entertainment Earth during the day (which he claims is his real gig) Adam is also a contributor to his own website 16bit.com and a few other websites as well. We are thrilled to have him join us in this Special Report.
Spice (Sandtroopers.com): Could
there be a better name for Chris Spice? If variety is the spice
of life, then our lives are filled with lots of variety at Sandtrooper.com!
What a character Chris Spice is indeed! From his
humorous visual reviews online to his quirky news and forum posts, Chris
Spice is one memorable person and an extremely vocal and passionate fan.
Sandtroopers.com has the longevity of few other sites and he has kept
it going strong for years now. If you want to be entertained while loving
your favorite passion, Sandtroopers.com is the place for you.
David Syczylo (Sandtroopers.com): More commonly known as Boba Binks at Sandtroopers.com, David serves the site well by being very quick at posting the latest Star Wars releases via his very cool and artful Sandwatch Guides. A hardcore collector to the bone, David is also a prop specialist as well as having a knack for making some pretty cool customs. Attending conventions whenever possible, David also brings the latest news to the forefront of Star Wars consciousness. David gives us his expertise in this special report and even though he is the world's only Jar Jar Binks fan we are just as thrilled to have him on board!
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