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Anakin Skywalker (Tatooine Attack) - SW [S - P1] - Basic (’02 #43)

Name: Anakin Skywalker (Tatooine Attack)
Collection: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Number: '02 #43
Source: Attack Of The Clones
Availability: September 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.

Thrust into the midst of galactic turmoil when he is assigned to protect Senator Padmé Amidala, Anakin returns home to Tatooine in an unsanctioned mission.

We remember clearly as day when Anakin Skywalker first showed signs of succumbing to the dark side of the Force in Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones. This teetering on the fence with evil begins when he goes out to rescue his mother from the Sand People. After having one premonition after another of her pain and suffering, he went on a mission to find her. Tragically, he couldn’t save the most beloved person in his life from dying. What makes this scene especially tragic is that all of us could empathize with him and his loss. How could anyone be so bold to tell Anakin to not hate the Sand People for destroying his life and killing the one person who meant the most to him? But if you’re a Jedi, these emotions are things you have to keep in check or else you’ll find yourself on the path to the dark side of the Force. And that’s truly where it brought him. Anakin’s demeanor changed exactly at this point in the film, and you could visibly see how the hatred had consumed and affected him. It’s one of our personal favorite scenes from the film, but as emotional as that scene was, we wish we could be able to say that Hasbro’s interpretation of Anakin Skywalker based on this very scene is fantastic. It’s not horrific, but from many points of views it may just be one of the bombs of the entire Star Wars “Saga” line.

We’re actually a bit surprised that Hasbro would release such a violent “version” of Anakin Skywalker geared towards kids, but they included a gimmick that will solely appeal to them. Perhaps they will use this action figure for other reasons than decapitating Sand People too. While not a great action figure overall, we must point out that Anakin Skywalker (Tatooine Attack) may also be one of the most falsely advertised action figures to date. If you look at the images on the figure’s card back, Anakin Skywalker (Tatooine Attack) looks pretty dang cool. But once you remove it from the packaging, you’ll find that it does nothing what the packaging claims it does (and stands up nothing like it as well). The packaging calls out that Anakin Skywalker (Tatooine Attack) should come with a “Jedi Power Kick!” feature, but it’s not as functional as we’re led to believe. In fact, we challenge anyone to get Anakin to stand up a straightly as the image shows on the figure’s package. That being said, all is not lost for those collectors out there who love to get a bang for your buck. Hasbro did include some cool accessories to help pad this single basic figure purchase for you. You’ll receive a gaderffi stick, a rifle and a Tusken Raider weapons rack (that’s what Hasbro calls it – it comes in three parts) but it looks more like some general storage related “thing” instead. He also comes with a lightsaber that breaks down into hilt and blade.

It’s apparent that Hasbro strove to give this figure some versatility, but it has really come across as messy in many ways. His stature is slouched and his inability to appear upright makes it very unbelievable that he has the endurance to attack a whole nomadic tribe of Sand People. That’s clearly nitpicking, but this action figure lacks in ways like this and that bothers us. Obviously he conquered his goal of wiping out a complete population of Sand People in the film, but the action figure representation of Anakin Skywalker has failed to demonstrate his anger, hatred and downright emotional distress he felt in these scenes. If you’re looking for diorama fodder, Anakin Skywalker (Tatooine Attack) definitely brings forth some cool accessories to accomplish this. But please don’t expect to receive a “finer” representation of this character with this release. It does fail on multiple accounts. The expression on his face isn’t terrible, but we don’t think it accurately captures the anger we witnessed in the film. In this scene he was unstoppable and any confrontation with a Tusken Raider would lead to its demise. The “inanimate passion” that should be evident in this action figure is nowhere to be found. Plus, collectors are completely over action features in their action figures, especially those in the Star Wars “Saga” line. Anakin Skywalker (Tatooine Attack) is a far cry from perfection. We think it was bad design choice, but that’s solely our opinion.

Collector Notes

Anakin Skywalker (Tatooine Attack)

Status: Anakin Skywalker (Tatooine Attack) is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 12 points

Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel elbows, 2 swivel wrists, 2 hinge-jointed hips, 2 swivel thighs, ball-jointed right knee

Accessory Count: 7

Accessory Details: weapons rack (3 parts), gaderffi stick, rifle, lightsaber hilt, lightsaber blade

Date Stamp: 2001

Collection: 1

Assortment Number: 84906/84851

UPC: 076930849064

Retail: $4.99 USD

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Star Wars [Saga - Phase I] Wave 11
Padmé Amidala (Coruscant Attack) (’02 #41)
Darth Maul (Sith Training) (’02 #42)

Anakin Skywalker (Tatooine Attack) (’02 #43)
Jango Fett (Slave I Pilot) (’02 #47)

Added: September 20, 2013
Category: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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