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Nikto (Jedi Knight) - SW [S - P1] - Basic (’02 #21)

Name: Nikto (Jedi Knight)
Collection: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Number: '02 #21
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.

The Jedi are protectors of the Republic, the guardians of justice and freedom. Their order consists of men and women from many different races and species, including the Nikto. A humanoid species with flat faces and multiple nostrils, the Nikto come from the planet Kintan. Though they come from the various corners of the universe, the Jedi are united in their fight against the dark side of the Force.

With all of the Jedi that were present during the Battle of Geonosis, Hasbro had a difficult time of picking the Jedi that could actually be seen clearly within the many frames of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of The Clones. If you think about it, the scenes within the Geonosis arena are a sort of Prequel Trilogy version of the cantina from Episode IV or Jabba’s Palace from Episode VI. They provide a gathering of unique characters all in one place, which makes collectors want every one of those character made into a plastic action figure. Sure, the Outlander Nightclub should have really provided the resources to give collectors an all-new hive of scum and villainy from the Prequel Trilogy, but those scenes felt like a desperate copycat of Chalmun’s cantina and never gripped fan interest like we imagine George Lucas expected it would. So the real interest from collectors pools in the Geonosis arena where we see species after species fight for the freedom of the three Republic heroes, as well as the rest of the galaxy. Nikto (Jedi Knight) is one of these characters, but good luck trying to find him in the arena.

Hasbro must have been limited in what references materials they had to develop character from Episode II in the Star Wars “Saga” line. Nikto (Jedi Knight), whose official name is Fi-Ek Sirch by the way is definitely a lost face in the crowd of Jedi fighting during the Battle of Geonosis. You see a character with the same silhouette from behind, but it’s hard to gauge for sure if it’s him or not. (Editor’s Note: And the deleted scenes from the Blu-ray release of the Star Wars saga show an almost identical character alongside Ki-Adi-Mundi in some extra footage that never made it to film.) But whether you can find him in Attack Of The Clones or not may not matter. If you collect all of the action figures that Hasbro makes, then it goes without saying that this may be another you need. The figure looks very good, but you should know right away that his articulation is very disappointing. That being said, you can “situate” him in a display or somewhere else within your collection and he will look great. Hasbro added a great amount of detail to this action figure and his rather static pose looks perfect for what purpose he serves in the film, visible or not.

Nikto (Jedi Knight) comes with four accessories. The outer robe is indeed removable, but he will look wonky because his sleeves are cream colored and his shirt is dark brown. You may be able to get away with the shirt looking more like a vest, but it’s not a perfect alternative way to display him. (You will however get more mobility out of him with the outer robes removed.) He also comes with a lightsaber hilt and blue lightsaber blade. The blade is made to be removable so you can pose him solely with the hilt in his hands, or you can also attach a spinning “Force” effect (that was never seen in Episode II) to the hilt alternately. He comes with only six points of articulation and they’re all swivel joints. The lower half of his body is a statue and other than lifting his arms up and don’t, you’re not going to be able to pose him in many varieties of lightsaber wielding. But, we do have to give credit to the art of the sculpt. The portrait is excellent, as are the hands (which swivel very nicely by the way). There is an inordinate amount of detail tooled into them that it’s certainly worth noting. Nikto (Jedi Knight) is definitely a filler figure in the Star Wars “Saga” line, but he does look pretty darn nice.

Collector Notes

Nikto (Jedi Knight)

Status: Nikto (Jedi Knight) is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 6 points

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

Accessory Count: 4

Accessory Details: lightsaber hilt, lightsaber blade, Force effect, removable outer cloak

Date Stamp: 2002

Collection: 2

Assortment Number: 84823/84861

UPC: 076930848234

Retail: $4.99 USD

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Star Wars [Saga - Phase I] Wave 4
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Nikto (Jedi Knight) (’02 #21)

Added: October 5, 2013
Category: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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