A powerful Jedi warrior, Mace Windu has mastered skills that only the most trained minds could hope to attempt. He is slain in a desperate act of betrayal by Anakin Skywalker after fighting Chancellor Palpatine to a standstill in a battle that costs the lives of three Jedi.
Sometimes a figure just isn't worth its weight in anticipation and the final result can really let you down. Many felt that the 30 (77-07) interpretation of Mace Windu fit this bill quite well. We all waited a really long time for Hasbro to give us a quality Mace Windu action figure. We got a great "starting point" Mace Windu in 2007, but he still need a lot more work because he fell short in a few areas. Obviously it was hard to label him as definitive. But because he is the "best" we have at the moment, Hasbro added him into The Legacy Collection Saga Legends line. Sure. Mace Windu is a decent action figure, but he ultimately doesn't look like actor Samuel L. Jackson and the lower leg articulation is rendered useless thanks to the skirt portion of his robes inhibiting their movement. Interestingly, Mace Windu totally satisfies the definition of super-articulation, but when it comes to practicality and functionality, he’s anything but this. A tremendous update to 2005's ROTS Mace Windu (III 10) figure, all is not completely lost with this figure. Visually the figure looks great. The details in the Jedi robes in addition to the details worked into the accessories are something that will impress collectors. Simple updates like a soft-goods skirt would significantly improve this figure tremedously. His arms do provide a nice degree of movement, but he just comes across more statuesque than anything else.
Although he has a few inconsistencies in the coloration of parts of his outfit, Mace Windu has a very nice paint job. For this Saga Legends release, we barely noticed any new or different paint applications, so there is nothing to see here as far as that is concerned. He has a large bulky robe (which works well for him we might add) that covers him up pretty well, but doesn’t overshadow his strength/character as a Jedi Master. Hasbro designed this version of Mace Windu after the “Senate confrontation” he had with Darth Sidious. He comes with the Sith lightning he blocked that interacts with his lightsaber, but since Mace can't be posed in a multitude of ways, he basically just stands there with pretty Sith lightning wrapped around his lightsaber. This is a figure that needed the flexibility to be posed in action stances so to say we’re disappointed with his capabilities doing this would certainly be an understatement. His likeness is disappointing. And we wonder why he has this noticeable goofy grin on his face. The beginning of Order 66 seemed anything but humorous, so why isn't their anger on his face, or at least some attitude? He does however have great height and is taller than many other Jedi in the toy line. Hasbro definitely excelled when it came to Mace's accuracy in his scale. BUt we have to wonder if that means all that much when the figure seems to have more aesthetic issues with it than not.
We strongly feel that Hasbro is going to need to take another stab at an Episode III version of Mace Windu sometime in the future. On top of a solid sculpt with a new great likeness to the actor, an update is going to need a tighter paint job, a more menacing look on the portrait and a sculpt that doesn't inhibit the articulation system worked into the action figure. Also, soft-goods that help assist this flexibility are required to make Mace Windu all that he can be. Despite all of this criticism, we should point out that Mace Windu is undoubtedly quite a few steps headed in the right direction as far as what collectors want to see in an action figure. But it’s definitely going to take another revision before we feel it’s up to snuff. Perhaps a less scene-specific version of him should be considered for the future. We do know that the next action figure will have to be more versatile in movement and have the capability to be placed in a variety of positions. Yes, he does have premium articulation, but what good is that if you can’t utilize all of it? Again, and we hope this doesn't sound too hypocritical, as much as we’ve pointed out this figure’s faults, we aren't against seeing this figure available in the Saga Legends line. Mace Windu is a decent figure to keep in stock at retail, and since he is a major character in The Clone Wars television show, it makes sense that we have a realistically styled version of him available for new fans. He also comes with a locker of extra weapons for additional play value.
Status: Mace Windu is a slight repaint of 2007's TAC Mace Windu (30 06) figure.
Articulation Count: 23 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 wrist (1), swivel right wrist (1), ball-jointed torso (2), 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: 3
Accessory Details: lightsaber, Palpatine's Force lightning deflection effect, soft-goods Jedi robe
Date Stamp: 2007
Assortment Number: 89036/87995
Retail: $7.99 USD
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