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Eeth Koth (Jedi Master) - SW [S - P1] - Basic (’02 #56)

Name: Eeth Koth (Jedi Master)
Collection: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Number: '02 #56
Source: The Phantom Menace
Availability: January 2003
License: Hasbro

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After rescuing Queen Amidala from the impending invasion of Naboo, Jedi apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn discover Anakin Skywalker, a nine-year-old slave unusually strong in the Force, on Tatooine. The heroes return to Naboo where Anakin and the Queen face massive invasion forces, while the two Jedi fight the evil Darth Maul and realize that the invasion is the first step in a sinister scheme by the dark forces known as the Sith.

A pattern began developing with the Jedi portrayed in the Prequel Trilogy. For one reason or another, George Lucas has had difficulty casting the same actor or actress to play the same Jedi across the Prequel Trilogy films. This wasn’t the case for all of the characters of course, but there are examples that Mr. Lucas has already run into “trouble” with a few of these characters already. Eeth Koth comes immediately to mind as one of the more convoluted characters to date. He clearly was in Episode I, and he even was in Episode II (but only in the High Jedi Council scenes on Coruscant). He was also slated to fight in the Battle of Geonosis, but the actor who played him couldn’t be on location for that part of the filming. As a result, Agen Kolar (and we’re jumping ahead here) was created, but originally he was intended to be the live action Eeth Koth during the Battle of Geonosis before getting a name change. The only reason why this character wasn’t named Eeth Koth was because the actor that played Agen Kolar looked so vastly different to Eeth Koth that George Lucas decided that an all-new character would serve the film the best.

It can be said that the drastically different likeness of the actor who played Eeth Koth necessitated the creation of Agen Kolar, a Jedi the same species as Eeth Koth, but altogether a completely different character. What’s so interesting about the Eeth Koth (Jedi Master) action figure is that he was created at the time Hasbro must have been privy to some of the scripts from Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones. He’s clearly sourced from The Phantom Menace in both the original Power Of The Jedi line he made his debut, but Hasbro also sourced him to the same film in the Star Wars “Saga” packaging too. But he was a sedentary character sitting on the Jedi High Council in all of his scenes. Yet Hasbro posed him in a quasi “Geonosis Arena” battle pose. And maybe early in development he had a name tag of Agen Kolar. Who really knows? But this version of Eeth Koth (Jedi Master) is nearly an Expanded Universe interpretation of the character as we never saw “Eeth Koth” wield a lightsaber or flail his arms or have “angry eyes” on his portrait. That doesn’t mean however that we’re not totally impressed with the design of this action figure, because we are. And it’s just as nice to get a second time around, even if it has a few minimal changes to it.

Eeth Koth (Jedi Master) comes with eight well hidden points of articulation. All of them are swivel points so you’re not going to get an incredible amount of movement out of them. Most of the movement you get out of the figure is from its pre-posed arms and from the angle that they’ve been sculpted. Thankfully, Eeth Koth (Jedi Master) looks great wielding his lightsaber. You can get some great looks from this figure. What’s extra nice about this release is that the lightsaber breaks down into hilt and blade to give you a little bit more versatility. For all intents and purposes, Eeth Koth (Jedi Master) is a straight repack of the 2001 Power Of The Jedi figure, but there are paint operations variances and we will itemize them here. The details in the face (especially the lined tattoos and eyes) have been significantly cleaned up. The torso is a different different shade of tan than the 2001 version. The color is still so close that it’s hard to judge whether it’s lighter or darker, but it’s most certainly different. Lastly, the lightsaber hilt on this version is brighter and not so dark when compared to the POTJ version. There are a few even smaller differences, but they’re nearly unnoticeable that they’re not worth pointing out. We love this figure very much, but we do want to see a super-articulated update one day. It would be awesome.

Collector Notes

Eeth Koth (Jedi Master)

Status: Eeth Koth (Jedi Master) is a slight repaint of 2001's POTJ Eeth Koth figure.

Articulation Count: 8 points

Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, swivel left elbow, swivel right wrist, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips

Accessory Count: 2

Accessory Details: lightsaber hilt, lightsaber blade (robes are separately sculpted but cannot be removed without damage to the figure)

Date Stamp: 2001

Collection: 2

Assortment Number: 84855/84861

UPC: 076930848555

Retail: $4.99 USD

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Star Wars [Saga - Phase I] Wave 17
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Eeth Koth (Jedi Master) (’02 #56)
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Added: March 3, 2014
Category: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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