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Jar Jar Binks (Gungan Senator) - SW [S - P1] - Basic (’02 #24)

Name: Jar Jar Binks (Gungan Senator)
Collection: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Number: ’02 #24
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.

Now a Senate representative from Naboo, Jar Jar wears the elaborate Gungan outfit deemed proper for the ceremonial grandeur of the Senate. In a twist of fate, Jar Jar is manipulated to propose the motion that gives Chancellor Palpatine the powers of an emperor.

Jar Jar Binks haters got the shock of their life when they saw that he had been promoted to Senator of Naboo in Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones. But perhaps more importantly, if you do despise this Gungan creature, you should maybe focus on the fact that it was his motion in the senate to give Supreme Chancellor Palpatine the powers of an Emperor, albeit in a manipulated manner. Due to his relative popularity in Episode I, Hasbro was quick to get the Episode II “flavor’ of this character out rather quickly. They produced Jar Jar Binks (Gungan Senator) in a mostly prepositioned manner that has little play value. Sure, he comes with a few points of articulation and he comes with an electropole and electric bolt effect accessory combination (presumably from a deleted scene), but other than that he is a salt or pepper shaker, something that will lose its luster rather quickly. Hasbro didn’t release soft-goods on many 2002-2004 Star Wars “Saga” figures at all, and Jar Jar Binks (Gungan Senator) is one that could have benefitted from this inclusion.

What is most perplexing and borderline annoying about Jar Jar Binks (Gungan Senator) is his twisted position. He looks unnatural and the sculpt looks contrived. Even if Hasbro had decided to include some extra points of articulation, they would have been rendered useless thanks to the very odd sculpt. Granted, there is something to be said about a solid plastic sculpt. The robes look flowing and honestly believable. But what Star Wars character would stay in the pretzel-like position that Jar Jar Binks remains as long as you have him displayed on a shelf? The intent to have Jar Jar Binks a senator was to present him in a more serious role so that those that would rather see him killed off would be able to appreciate him a little bit better. His role in Episode II really just showed a less hyper version of him, but he still was unable to fully articulate his points and feelings for that matter, and unless you have unconditional love for him, you’re probably not going to want this action figure either. You’ll definitely need to be the judge yourself.

As much as it pains us to say this, we would really like to see Hasbro revisit this character one day in soft-goods and with a super-articulated body. In all honesty, this presentation of Jar Jar Binks (Gungan Senator) doesn’t really do much at all to shed a new light on the character as was the intent of Episode II. Then again, the film really fails at establishing that too. It’s our own personal belief that Hasbro failed a little bit more and presented what we interpret as another slapstick freeze frame of a character that is very hard to appreciate. We are receptive to seeing some characters in the Star Wars “Saga” line turn out statuesque due to the way their costumes are (like many of the robed characters), but Jar Jar Binks (Gungan Senator) is not an example to be followed. We do believe however, if done right, that an all-new interpretation of this character would be a success. Hasbro just needs to find the proper approach and lock down the design. Then and only then will we get a decent take of this character in the basic figure line.

Collector Notes

Jar Jar Binks (Gungan Senator)

Status: Jar Jar Binks (Gungan Senator) 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 left wrist (1), swivel left knee (1), swivel right knee (1)

Accessory Count: 2

Accessory Details: electropole, electroshock effect

Date Stamp: 2002

Collection: 1

Assortment Number: 84821/84861

UPC: 076930848210

Retail: $4.99 USD

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Star Wars [Saga - Phase I] Wave 2

Boba Fett (Kamino Escape) (’02 #07)

Shaak Ti (Jedi Master) (’02 #10)

Royal Guard (Coruscant Security) (’02 #19)

Jar Jar Binks (Gungan Senator) (’02 #24)

Taun We (Kamino Cloner) (’02 #25)

Luminara Unduli (Jedi Master) (’02 #26)

Added: September 10, 2013
Category: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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