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Yoda (Jedi Master) - SW [S - P1] - Basic (’02 #23)

Name: Yoda (Jedi Master)
Collection: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Number: '02 #23
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 oldest member of the Jedi Council, Yoda is a wise and cautious Jedi Master. When Obi-Wan informs the Council of the Separatists’ plans, Yoda assembles the Clone Army to subdue the rebellion. Yoda’s unassuming size masks his enormous powers. His skills in The Force are not limited to wisdom and guidance, but are matched by his dexterity and fighting prowess.

So we have to ask. What is up with the Yoda (Jedi Master) figure from the Star Wars “Saga” line? It’s quite possible that we can all agree that when fully assembled this figure looks pretty cool, but what Is up with that accessory and the plug that raises up and down after it is inserted into Yoda’s butt? With all due respect to the Jedi Master, this figure is much better than we’re crediting it and it possesses some extra play value that should definitely interest old and young fans alike. In all actuality, Yoda’s base structure appears to look like part of a structure in the Geonosis hangar, the one he arrived at via Republic gunship in an effort to rescue Anakin and Obi-Wan from the hands of Count Dooku. Because of the action feature (he is basically a piece of hollowed out chocolate), there isn’t much substance to this action figure. And even though he has upgraded ball-jointed articulation in the shoulders, his lower body is essentially a statue so moving him around doesn’t provide for an endless array of positioning, sadly.

Yoda (Jedi Master) has a somewhat good resemblance to the onscreen character. The action figure looks a little bit meaner by comparison, but it’s a good expression, especially for the sequence of film on which this character is based. We’ll get to the display base in a moment, but Hasbro added a few other cool accessories to make this action figure interpretation of Yoda (Jedi Master) a little bit more engaging. He comes with a lightsaber that separates at the hilt (made of metal so it can be Force attracted to the magnet in Yoda’s hand) and blade for some extra play value. He also comes with a gimer stick so he can wobble into the hangar you create in your collection at home, only to temporarily fool the audience that he can actually whirl in the air like the Tasmanian Devil to defend the other Jedi against Count Dooku with intense Force skills. You can recreate some of this by placing him on the levitating post by twisting the base structure. We think it’s cheesy, but undoubtedly kids will like it.

It’s ironic that most of the plastic in the Yoda (Jedi Master) package is the accessories and base. Yoda pales in comparison and it barely worth his weight. But the display/action base not only adds some extra play value, it also provides a scenic backdrop, although we’re still unable to pinpoint the exact part of the Geonosian hangar that inspired Hasbro to create it. For even more play value, a piece of this display base “breaks off” and fits into Yoda’s Force lighting effect (which attaches to his arm quite nicely by the way) and you can pretend that he is using it in his failed attempt to defeat the evil Count Dooku. Again, you get a ton of plastic for $4.99 here. Even if you’re not into this style of a Yoda action figure, the rest of the stuff inside of the package should be something to consider adding to your collection since we don’t get a ton of playsets anymore. Yoda (Jedi Master) is a decent display piece, and a fun action figure, but we just don’t know if we can give it great marks as far as a collector’s action figure is concerned. You’ll have to be the judge, but judge him not by his size, just his relevance.

Collector Notes

Yoda (Jedi Master)

Status: Yoda (Jedi Master) is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 4 points

Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, swivel waist

Accessory Count: 7

Accessory Details: platform bottom, platform top, broken-off platform piece, levitation Force effect, metal lightsaber hilt, green lightsaber blade, gimer stick

Date Stamp: 2001

Collection: 1

Assortment Number: 84615/84851

UPC: 076930846155

Retail: $4.99 USD

Market Value: Click here to check the latest prices based on Click here to check the market value on eBay! listings.

Star Wars [Saga - Phase I] Wave 3
Clone Trooper (’02 #17)
Zam Wesell (Bounty Hunter) (’02 #18)

Anakin Skywalker (Hangar Duel) (’02 #22)
Yoda (Jedi Master) (’02 #23)
Count Dooku (Dark Lord) (’02 #27)

Added: February 17, 2014
Category: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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