The Separatists have stolen a Jedi holocron containing the secret names of future Jedi. Anakin contrives a daring maneuver to board the Separatist frigate and retrieve the holocron. Skywalker, Ahsoka and a team of clone troopers drop through space on AT-TE walkers, land on the outside of the frigate and breach the ship!
The three main heroes from The Clone Wars television series have all now been donned in space gear. A clever way to reissue a previously sculpted figure to make it "new enough" to purchase, we can expect Hasbro to consistently deliver us these types of figures to help pad the main basic line of action figures. Anakin Skywalker looks a lot more like his "regular" version than Ahsoka Tano (CW23) [Space Gear] looks like her "regular" version does, but it is important to note that the figure is indeed an almost completely new figure. While it may seem that there are only some differences, it is essentially a sculpt we have not seen before. This Anakin Skywalker figure is a perfect example of how fun it is to collect and how well we get treated by Hasbro. For they could have given us the old Anakin figure and repackaged it with a clear domed helmet, but instead completely revisited the character for us and gave us something essentially new. This is one of the small gifts we love to receive from Hasbro and makes another $7.99 purchase worthwhile. Heck, even the repainted colors would have honestly been enough for us, but we ended up receiving a lot more than that. We count ourselves very fortunate. And thank you Hasbro for going this route with this figure! Now we all have a second opportunity to purchase this fun figure as it is now part of The Clone Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side] lineup.
Skywalker is super-articulated and comes with
a removable "space" dome helmet, lightsaber,
a jetpack, a missile and a missile "tip".
Once assembled, Anakin looks ready for battle
in the deep stretches of space. One of the most
impressive aspects of this "new" figure
is his head sculpt. Hasbro has really nailed
the animated likeness of Anakin incredibly this
time around. He has the perfect smiling expression
without looking silly, almost as if he has cracked
a joke to his partner Snips. His hair doesn't
look any different than what we have previously
seen, but the final delivery of this portrait
just looks so much better. He is a bit taller
than the previous incarnations of Anakin we have
received thus far and this probably was a wise
move for Hasbro. Anakin is a tall dude for certain,
so it is nice to get him with a larger stature.
And while it may be frustrating to have multiple
Anakin action figures with different heights,
hopefully Hasbro will remain consistent with
this newly revised scale. Hasbro has also revisited
the brown color used on his boots and arms. And
while we don't know if this is a corrected coloring
that is series-specific or just this episode-specific,
the new lighter brown color serves as a nice
contrast to his Jedi uniform but works adversely
against the black cybernetic hand. We must admit
that the darker and shinier brown is our preference
though (the original coloring).
change made to this figure was the chest plate.
While all versions of Anakin previously released
had a metallic light blue color, Hasbro has adjusted
it to a silver color. And we must conclusively
state that this was the right move for this figure.
The figure has a beautiful wash on his metallic
chest armor and our eyes are fooled to believe
that there is a wash over most of his Jedi outfit.
In one word, this figure is excellent. There
were many complaints and groans about the first
basic Anakin Skywalker figure because of its
lack of articulation. This isn't the case with
this figure at all. He has all the movement you
could hope for and so much more. It will be an
asset to your collection and if you are an Anakin
fan, this is one of the better basic figures
of him we have received. In summary, he has a
better portrait, better coloring and better articulation.
You can display him with or without his accessories,
so the figure is very utilitarian. And he is
certainly a figure that can find multiple uses
in your collection, whether you shelf, diorama,
or simply remained carded on your wall. For those that like extra bells and whistles packed in with their action figures, The Clone Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side] line brings the Galactic Battle Game to our homes. The inclusion of a Game Card, die, action figure stand and other pack-in premiums makes collecting all the more interesting in a wonderful collecting era. This game has appeared to go over well with kids, but for colectors, all we need to see is a pack-in premium and we're pretty much sold on it.
Status: Anakin Skywalker is a slight repaint of 2008's TCW [S2] Anakin Skywalker (CW21) figure. The figure has been repainted as well.
Articulation Count: 22 points (14 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), ball-jointed left elbow (2), ball-jointed right elbow (2), swivel left forearm (1), swivel right forearm (1), swivel waist (1), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1), ball-jointed left knee (2), ball-jointed right knee (2), ball-jointed left ankle (2), ball-jointed right ankle (2)
Accessory Count: 5
Accessory Details: lightsaber, space helmet, jetpack, missile projectile, missile plug
Date Stamp: 2009
Assortment Number: 98359/94736
Retail: $7.99 USD
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