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Anakin Skywalker (Peasant Disguise) - TVC - Basic (VC32)

Name: Anakin Skywalker (Peasant Disguise)
Collection: The Vintage Collection
Number: VC32
Source: Attack Of The Clones
Availability: February 2011
License: Hasbro

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One way Hasbro keeps us in check is when they finally update a previously attempted action figure. It's usually only through an incredible upgrade of an older figure do we finally appreciate how good that newly updated figure indeed is. Take, for instance, The Vintage Collection Anakin Skywalker (Peasant Disguise) figure. This version of Anakin Skywalker has the distinction of being the very first figure in 2002's Star Wars "Saga" collection, when Hasbto released it as 2002's SW [S - P1] Anakin Skywalker (Outland Peasant Disguise) ('02 #01) figure. It must have struck a chord with Hasbro's team since it became the figure in the 2002 Star Wars "Saga" [Phase I] lineup, but unfortunately, the final version of the figure didn't go over well with collectors. Bringing back a concept introduced last in the vintage Kenner line, Hasbro incorporated the action feature of the telescoping lightsaber that "hid" in the figure's right arm's cavity. Yes, Anakin Skywalker's right arm housed a blue lightsaber blade that came out of a chunky hilt that was molded into this hand. The figure was terrible. There is no other way to put it. But one thing Hasbro managed to do right with the figure is that they included an exciting storage container to interact with the figure. Despite its flaws, the figure had some excellent features in the paint job. And it is our opinion after comparing The Vintage Collection figure to the 2002 Star Wars "Saga" figure that the 2002 version has the more superior paint job for the most part. What the 2002 figure doesn't have, however, is an excellent all-new sculpt that is super-articulated with corrected height and hair color. (Though we think Anakin's hair is too dark on the TVC version.)

Anakin Skywalker (Peasant Disguise) may not be 100% perfect, but it is a long-overdue update to a figure that needed a revisit practically right after Hasbro released it. Besides, we would nonetheless rank The Vintage Collection's Anakin Skywalker (Peasant Disguise) as "excellent" because he is a great action figure and done very well. The details put into making the costume look authentic are quite impressive. While we have small issues with some of the decisions made decorating him, Anakin Skywalker is still worthy of your hard earned dollars. Where he lacks (only slightly) is in the paint job. We've already mentioned that his hair looks a little bit too dark, but the rest of the outfit seems to have some details that have been colored incorrectly for reasons unknown. We are not saying Anakin has a lousy paint job, but Hasbro nailed this costume's coloring on the inferior 2002 outfit. Those same paint operations didn't transfer over to The Vintage Collection. We've noticed that the shirt's pattern looks screen-accurate to what was in the film, but the 2002 figure's shirt tends to look more realistic for some reason. And this much is true even without a perfectly replicated pattern. It's all in the weathered paint job. This style makes a huge difference. We say this over and over, all of the time!) We also feel that his head looks too big for his body. But we think we know why that is the case. We imagine Hasbro didn't want his head to "disappear" when surrounded by the large and bulky poncho. With a thin body to boot, the head looks slightly out of scale.

Anakin Skywalker is super-articulated. He can be positioned into pretty much any configuration you want. His lack of ball-jointed hips won't give you the total flexibility you desire, but there is enough pliability included, and it's completely worth your while. He comes with a lightsaber, a separate lightsaber hilt, and a gorgeous canvas poncho. It is a very clean shawl, but you can see the rugged burlap texture, and it is such an authentic replica to the costume worn in the film. Hasbro expertly tailored pleats into the shawl, which allows it to hang with an unbelievably realistic drape. It also hangs off of the figure's shoulders naturally. The shawl/cape, interestingly, has been installed backward on the figure. (The v-neck is on the back of the figure. But if you try to correct this by turning it around, the shawl doesn't sit right on the figure and sticks out and doesn't have the same nice drape as if you put it on him the incorrect way. (Interesting, huh?) But when fully assembled, Anakin Skywalker looks terrific and almost as if he jumped right out of Episode II. If we had to pick at something else, we would claim that the figure is too skinny. Hasbro probably went for a thinner frame for a reason, to interact with the shawl without bulkiness. The 2002 figure looked very bulky and too broad. This issue doesn't occur with The Vintage Collection version. It lays close to the body while still looking full. Hasbro did a phenomenal job of getting these fine details just right. Overall, Anakin Skywalker (Peasant Disguise) grabs our attention, and the figure looks incredible next to the new Padmé Amidala (Peasant Disguise) (VC33) figure. If you're looking to update your 2002 figure, hold onto the accessories to put with this figure. Thank goodness accessories don't age as poorly as the action figures do!

Collector Notes

Anakin Skywalker (Peasant Disguise)

Status: Anakin Skywalker (Peasant Disguise) is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 22 points (14 areas of articulation)

Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1), ball-jointed shoulders left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), ball-jointed left elbow (2), ball-jointed iright elbow (2), swivel left wrist (1), swivel right wrist (1), swivel waist (1), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1), ball-jointed left knee (2), ball-jointed right knee (2), ball-jointed left ankle (2), ball-jointed right ankle (2)

Accessory Count: 3

Accessory Details: lightsaber, lightsaber hilt, soft-goods shawl

Date Stamp: 2010

Assortment Number: 24991/97568

UPC: 653569545859

Retail: $8.99 USD

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Added: February 22, 2011
Category: Vintage Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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