An Iktotchi Pilot, Saesee Tiin is best able to focus while traveling at extremely high speeds at the controls of the galaxy's finest spacecraft. He offers a unique perspective on the Jedi Council as his naturally telepathic mind is always racing ahead to foresee possibilities.
Hasbro continued to bang out one Jedi Master after another in between the Episode I and Power Of The Jedi basic figure lines. One of the last between these two lines was Saesee Tiin (Jedi Master) which was a pretty good action figure that followed a nearly identical format to the Plo Koon (Jedi Master) action figure, but ultimately didn’t turn out as well. That’s not to say it’s a bad action figure, but it just doesn’t impress us in the same fashion. With minimal articulation, a large outer plastic robe that inhibits 100% of his lower body articulation, Saesee Tiin (Jedi Master) is saved however by an excellent sculpt as well as a brilliant paint job. And ultimately it is an action figure we’re proud to own. Because we saw these Jedi in a very calm way (sitting in a circle at the Jedi High Council), it seems that Hasbro would have ensured that the action figures based on these characters came with soft-goods so that they would be able to sit, but they decided instead to give them lightsabers and make it impossible for them to sit. Oh well.
Saesee Tiin (Jedi Master), the Iktotchi alien is another one of the great exotic creatures in the Star Wars universe. With many appearance in Expanded Universe sources like comics and novels, he is already a standout character in the Prequel Trilogy. And aside from his frustratingly annoying lack of movement, we can’t fault the action figure for much else. Mr. Tiin has an excellent sculpt, a beautiful design, a realistic costume and a beautiful paint job. And with the addition of a lightsaber that just isn’t screen accurate, but added for additional play value, what else more could you possibly want? OK, you probably want more articulation and we empathize with you on that detail. But as a display piece, Saesee Tiin (Jedi Master) has all the right stuff where he needs it and for those reasons we’re pretty happy with the results. (Editor’s Note: In between Episode I and Episode II, George Lucas actually explained that all Jedi carry either a blue or green bladed lightsaber and that Sith carry red bladed lightsabers. But Mace Windu was give a purple lightsaber based on Samuel Jackson’s personal request.)
Saesee Tiin (Jedi Master) is a great jumping off point for this character in the toy line. There will definitely be better action figure interpretations of him in the future. But we won’t discount the good parts of this version because Hasbro really did an admirable job with the line. Not only has Hasbro given the Power Of The Jedi line a nice even balance of characters across the entire Star Wars universe, they also reached deep into the focus of The Phantom Menace and created action figures of characters that weren’t in the forefront of that film. It just goes to show how much the Power Of The Jedi line has been created to appeal to collectors. Releasing background and obscure characters keeps a Star Wars basic line very interesting as well as pays homage to the vintage Kenner line, because that’s what that line was all about in many ways too. Saesee Tiin (Jedi Master) kind of kills two birds with one stone. It gives us a character that barely made a splash in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, but it also gives us a great action figure that has made its debut in the basic figure line.
Saesee Tiin (Jedi Master)
Status: Saesee Tiin (Jedi Master) is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 7 points (7 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: swivel head (1), swivel left shoulder (1), swivel right shoulder (1), swivel right elbow (1), swivel waist (1), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1)
Accessory Count: 2
Accessory Details: lightsaber, removable cloak
Date Stamp: 2000
Assortment Number: 84455/84569
Retail: $5.99 USD
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