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Anakin Skywalker (Outland Peasant Disguise) - SW [S - P1] - Basic (’02 #01)

Name: Anakin Skywalker (Outland Peasant Disguise)
Collection: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Number: '02 #01
Source: Attack Of The Clones
Availability: April 2002
License: Hasbro

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Ten years after the fight to save Naboo from invasion, the galaxy is on the brink of civil war. Under the leadership of a renegade Jedi, thousands of solar systems threaten to secede from the Galactic Republic. A courageous Jedi Knight, his impulsive and headstrong apprentice, and a queen-turned-senator are drawn into the heart of the conflict... and the beginning of war.

It has been ten years since young Anakin Skywalker left his desert home to train to become a Jedi Knight. Under the mentorship of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin is assigned to bring Senator Padmé Amidala back to Naboo after she escapes another assassination atempt. Anakin dresses in peasant clothes to hide his Jedi identity.

Should we be more thrilled that Hasbro added a retro action feature to Anakin Skywalker (Outland Peasant Disguise) or more irritated that they’ve actually included a retro action feature? To be or not to be, that is always the question it seems. In this case, it’s hard to fault Hasbro for introducing the very first figure in the Star Wars “Saga” line is a classically timeless manner, but modern technology makes it hard to appreciate the available technology of the past, and in this case Anakin Skywalker (Outland Peasant Disguise) comes across a little too contrived. The figure isn’t without its charm, but in the grand scheme of collector you may find yourself frustrated at what the figure can’t do, instead of the work that went into him being kitschy at best. Despite its failures, we have to acknowledge that there is some charm with this action figure. Ignoring his retractable blue lightsaber (an accessory this character didn’t even ignite while wearing these duds), the paint job on his costume in particular is notably done very well. There are some other benefits to the figure as well. The included accessories are interesting and fun and together along with the figure provide value with the five dollar price tag.

Anakin Skywalker (Outland Peasant Disguise) certainly isn’t free from issues. In fact, there are probably more issues than benefits. He has the wrong color hair. His left hand is too wide open to grip the included blaster (but it is “Force attracted” thanks to magnets – our sample doesn’t have a strong magnetic pull however). And there is no explanation on the packaging about the included container, its purpose for the action figure, or its role in Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones. The poncho is nicely sculpted and fits over Anakin without any noticeable bulkiness. Plastic molded clothing also hangs nicely on action figures in general. If you decide to keep the poncho on him, you’ll find that his upper body movement is inhibited to the point of nearly being immobile. When the poncho is removed, underneath is a good sculpt of Anakin Skywalker. He is in a slight action pose, but it isn’t too terribly drastic. Save for his head sculpt, the paint job on his shirt and pants is pretty fantastic. (Editor’s Note: Not even the paint job on 2011’s TVC Anakin Skywalker (Peasant Disguise) (VC32) comes close to the paint job on this figure.) The pattern on the shirt in particular is especially impressive.

Anakin Skywalker (Outland Peasant Disguise) is an action figure definitely designed with kids in mind and not so much collectors. With only six points of swivel articulation, you’re not going to be able to get a ton of poses from him. It’s hard to say that the way he was positioned looks good. Outstretched arms and legs never really look good on any action figure. But we have to say that in spite of a lackluster action figure, we are particularly taken with the container accessory. We’re sure someone out there may be able to pinpoint the exact time increment that it appears in the film, but we think it will be a great enhancement to your dioramas or display shelves. There is room to store small accessories inside of it and when you open up the lid it becomes a monitor, just like a computer or television screen. (A round rolling magnet is utilized to “lock” the lid down.) But overall Anakin Skywalker (Outland Peasant Disguise) may just be an action figure you can totally skip. Unless you’re a one-of-everything collector, there is really not much reason that exists to explain why you need to own one. The accessory is great, but unless you’re willing to drop money for that alone, you might be disappointed.

Collector Notes

Anakin Skywalker (Outland Peasant Disguise)

Status: Anakin Skywalker (Outland Peasant Disguise) is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 6 points

Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips

Accessory Count: 4

Accessory Details: container, blaster, poncho, lightsaber blade

Date Stamp: 2002

Collection: 1

Assortment Number: 84852/84851

UPC: 076930848524

Retail: $4.99 USD

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Added: September 7, 2013
Category: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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