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Ki-Adi-Mundi (Jedi Master) - SW [S - P1] - Basic (’02 #44)

Name: Ki-Adi-Mundi (Jedi Master)
Collection: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Number: '02 #44
Source: Attack Of The Clones
Availability: July 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.

Previously the only Jedi Knight serving on the Jedi High Council, Ki-Adi-Mundi now holds the distinction of Jedi Master. When the Jedi learn of the massing armies on Geonosis, Ki-Adi-Mundi accompanies Mace Windu on a desperate mission to subdue the Separatists and their ever-expanding droid armies.

The Jedi Council is full of diverse Jedi Masters. From exotic alien species to humanoid characters, all with nobility etched into their faces, the Jedi from Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones were presented in a completely different way than how we saw them in Episode I. Ki-Adi-Mundi, a Jedi Master with perhaps the tallest cranium we have ever seen, was one of the leading Jedi that fought in the Battle of Geonosis. He had a much larger role that never made it to the final cut of Episode II, but Hasbro was prepared already to bring him into the Star Wars “Saga” line, thanks to an available Episode I figure, by making some enhancements to the original base figure that makes this version very unique. Just one small role in the masses of about 200 Jedi who came to the rescue of the three heroes in Attack Of The Clones, Ki-Adi-Mundi (Jedi Master) fits wonderfully in the large cast of Jedi the Star Wars “Saga” line that was brought to collection in the unofficial “Episode II” basic figure line. We find it interesting that Ki-Adi-Mundi (Jedi Master) looks better than the many other “all-new” action figures released in the line. This is a testament to how awesome great sculpts will last over time.

Hasbro dusted off the 1999 Episode I sculpt which happens to be a very impressive interpretation of Ki-Adi-Mundi. The sculpt has held up remarkably well and with some new paint and some new tooling, Hasbro made him relevant and updated “enough” for the Star Wars “Saga” line. The 2002 flavor is essentially the same figure, but Hasbro tooled and all-new right arm to add a hinge-jointed elbow and swivel forearm to give the figure some mobility to wield the included all-new lightsaber. The enhancements is not revolutionary, but it does give the figure an extra dose of assistance to develop some decent action poses. We love the update, but please know that we still need an all-new definitive sculpt before we’ll be completely satisfied. At the same rate, you also need to know that this particular action figure sculpt is aging beautifully. When other figures have gone the way of the dinosaur, Ki-Adi-Mundi (Jedi Master) looks as new and fresh as ever. We perhaps should describe him as “refreshed” however. The new paint operations do a great job in presenting an all-new, but more screen accurate, appearance of the revered Jedi Master. You’ll be impressed for sure.

Ki-Adi-Mundi (Jedi Master) comes with three accessories. A lightsaber hilt (cast in metal to function with the magnet imbedded into his right hand) and a lightsaber blade are joined by a rather annoying blaster effect. It’s meant to attach to the lightsaber blade without question, but it barely attaches it to it because the lightsaber blade is too thin for it. We’re not big fans of these Force effects and blast effects Hasbro is adding to these action figures. And aside from looking and feeling very cool, we’re not crazy that the hilts to many of the lightsabers with the Star Wars “Saga” figures are real metal anyway. The blade attachments break off much too easily and permanently damage the accessory. It would have been better to include a separate hilt and separate fully lit lightsaber to get the most out of the action figure. But these are very small setbacks. Ki-Adi-Mundi (Jedi Master) is excellent for what he is. He was produced three years prior to the release of the Star Wars “Saga” line and as we’ve mentioned earlier looks a whole lot better than many others produced exclusively in that line. So, we feel this action figure works well.

Collector Notes

Ki-Adi-Mundi (Jedi Master)

Status: Ki-Adi-Mundi (Jedi Master) is a retool and repaint of 1999's EI Ki-Adi Mundi figure. The time the figure has an all-new right arm.

Articulation Count: 7 points

Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, hinge-jointed right elbow, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips

Accessory Count: 3

Accessory Details: lightsaber hilt, lightsaber blade, blast effect

Date Stamp: 2002

Collection: 2

Assortment Number: 84912/84861

UPC: 076930849125

Retail: $4.99 USD

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Added: September 28, 2013
Category: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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