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The Vintage Collection

Mace Windu - TVC - Basic (VC35)

Name: Mace Windu
Collection: The Vintage Collection
Number: VC35
Source: Attack Of The Clones
Availability: February 2011*
License: Hasbro

* Wave 4 of The Vintage Collection was available through online retailers in January 2011

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It can probably be said that the 2009 TLC Attack Of The Clones wave was the B-side to the smash hit that is The Vintage Collection’s Attack Of The Clones wave. The Legacy Collection wave was strewn with a lot of background characters from Episode II (with a few exceptions like Obi-Wan Kenobi (BD 44) for example) and was totally a collector focused group of figures. It was made in much smaller quantities and to be fair, that made the most sense as not all of the figures would appeal to everyone. (We loved them all of course and thought it was a fantastic wave.) But for The Vintage Collection, it seems as if Hasbro looked for the characters that glistened in the limelight the most in the film, used the best previously made sculpts of those characters and then tweaked them to be better than ever before to give us the most definitive versions possible. (Oh, and they gave us a bunch of all-new figures as well.) Take Mace Windu for example. You think you know about this figure, but you don’t. Trust us on this one. While it’s true he does indeed borrow a lot of the parts from 2007’s TAC Mace Windu (No. 06), there have been some significant tweaks done to the figure which has changed his posture, stature and stance. And we're not even talking about that oh-so-awesome head sculpt yet! (The results should be enough to make you jump up and down.) Remember back to what Hasbro did to the 2010 Saga Legends Snowtrooper (SL23) figure. Similar actions were taken with Mace Windu.

Mace Windu is a retool and repaint of the previously released 2007 TAC Mace Windu (No. 06) figure. For this release, Hasbro has retooled the lower section of the skirt and have cut it all away except for the two front flaps which lie in the front of the figure. Instead of a plastic molded skirt, Hasbro has given him nice soft-goods which not only match well, but allow for new (actually first time) mobility this figure has never seen until now. Hasbro has also somehow assembled this figure differently than before. We can't claim it's been retooled, but Mace Windu appears and feels more compact and tighter and we bet it has a lot to do with his newfound range of movement thanks to the inclusion of those said new soft-goods. But the best part is that Hasbro gave him an all-new paint job which makes him finally look identical to his appearance in Episode II. His pants are brilliant white and his top is much darker tan (as it should be). His soft-goods Jedi cloak has a much more fitted look to it and there are perfectly folded cuffs at the wrists which prevent the hands from being hidden under the sleeves of the cloak. His boots are a deep chocolate brown and also look better than ever. Hasbro didn’t just throw some new paint on this figure and throw it into a new package. They completely revisited how the figure was done and ensured to collectors a way that it could be the best. We think Hasbro has absolutely succeeded here. Where they didn't succeed is denoting the figure's historical reference. Using the Episode I version of the character, this is incorrect because a "first issue" Episode II Mace Windu action figure would fall into the 2002 Star Wars "Saga" era.

But perhaps the crowning joy of this figure is, well, his all-new crown. This is one "bad" (meaning incredibly good) likeness of Mace Windu. Hasbro has exceeded expectations in this new head sculpt which could serve as a shrunken dead ringer to Samuel L. Jackson himself. We are thoroughly impressed. There is concern and wariness in his eyes and tension in his grimace and not only does this figure have an incredible likeness of Mace Windu, it also has a head which is perfectly proportionate to the rest of the figure's body. (The older head sculpts of Mace Windu just didn’t have the right size heads in our opinion. They were either too elongated or too small.) We've stated earlier that we don’t have proof that Hasbro repositioned this figures legs. But we have to tell you that is it extremely noticeable that the figure is much easier to pose than all previous versions. This is a very important detail and we are so happy that the action figure is so functional now. Hasbro has definitely milked the old 2007 figure. It was even repainted and released in the 2009 LC Geonosis Arena Showdown Mace Windu/Battle Droid Commander (3 of 6) set. As cool as that set is, the Mace Windu figure included is immediately outdated with The Vintage Collection release. If you think you already have enough Mace Windu action figures, you’re probably correct. But this is the one you need to replace them all with in your collection. This figure is simply a pleasure! And it should serve well as both an Episode II and Episode III Mace Windu replacement!

Collector Notes

Mace Windu

Status: Mace Windu is a repaint of 2007's TAC Mace Windu (No. 06) figure with an all-new head sculpt and a soft-goods skirt. The figure's legs have also been slightly repositioned which in turn have given the figure a new posture.

Articulation Count: 14 points

Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel wrists, ball-jointed waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles

Accessory Count: 3

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

Date Stamp: 2007

Assortment Number: 24994/97568

UPC: 653569546023

Retail: $8.99 USD

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Mace Windu

The Vintage Collection Wave 4
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Zam Wesell (VC30)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (VC31)
Anakin Skywalker (Peasant Disguise) (VC32)
Padmé Amidala (Peasant Disguise) (VC33)
Jango Fett (VC34)
Mace Windu (VC35)
Senate Guard (VC36)
Super Battle Droid (VC37)

Added: February 23, 2011
Category: Vintage Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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