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Anakin Skywalker - TVC - Basic (VC80)

Name: Anakin Skywalker
Collection: The Vintage Collection
Number: VC80
Source: The Phantom Menace
Availability: January 2012
License: Hasbro

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There seems to be a pattern with a few of the figures in The Phantom Menace wave of The Vintage Collection. They all have “Expanded Universe” elements added to their movie-specific appearances. Just how Darth Sidious can be completely disrobed to show a “dark Jedi,” something similar has been applied to Anakin Skywalker. Padawan Anakin Skywalker, as seen at the tail end of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is more “Anakin Skywalker through the eyes of Episode II” then specifically that character at the celebration on Naboo. You see, Anakin comes with all the necessary Jedi training tools to become a Jedi Knight. And the Jedi training helmet, remote and lightsabers are all things we saw in Episode II when Yoda was training the younglings. This of course isn’t a criticism by any means. Additional accessories like this only add play value to what otherwise would be a very “boring” figure and it adds a world more worth of play value. And to be honest, we have seen Hasbro throw these little “off screen” nuances into basic action figures for the last couple of years. It keeps things interesting in the basic figure line and for that we’re thankful. This isn’t even a big deal for purists since the extra accessories can be put to the side if they’re looking for “movie only” interpretations of Star Wars characters. Since we didn’t see young Anakin Skywalker train in the Jedi arts in the films, now we can make that a reality through the basic figure line. And we couldn’t think of a better way to have Hasbro deliver all of these things to us. An excellent action figure loaded with accessories is always a winning combination. And collectors will have a hard time finding things to complain about with this interpretation of Anakin Skywalker. After years of claiming that a new and revised young Anakin Skywalker action figure would likely not be tackled or revisited, Hasbro totally threw us off course and did it anyway. This ultimately makes this long-awaited update even more special than had they confirmed it outright to us when we originally asked.

Anakin Skywalker is nearly perfect in every way. Hasbro worked in an impressive 14 points of articulation. Aside from mismatched ankle joints, the rest of the joints for the most part have been blended in very well and don’t disrupt the overall aesthetics of the figure at all. The figure will definitely wow you and as you inspect it closely, you’ll see just how much there is to appreciate here. Hasbro incorporated a soft-goods skirt which is a very nice touch but not entirely necessary since he doesn’t come with ball-jointed hips. Still, it definitely helps when moving the hips back and forth. The coloring is flawless and there is a mind-blowing amount of detail included here, much more than we ever expected Hasbro to include on a figure of this size. The game sort of changed for smaller sized action figures with the released of 2010’s TCW Boba Fett (CW32) figure. That figure was an amazing accomplishment, so it goes without saying that we wouldn’t have any problems holding Hasbro to the same criteria for the new Anakin Skywalker figurer as well. (It’s just unfortunate they chose not to include ball-jointed hips here – we’re spoiled now.) Hasbro gave Anakin Skywalker a wonderful portrait even though he looks ever so slightly cherubic, but it definitely looks a lot like Jake Lloyd. The hair is short and meant to look freshly cut, but it comes across a little more curly than short. His costume is loaded with details including proper wrinkling and coloring. Anakin Skywalker has a few problems when it comes to standing him up. The feet are smaller, so we imagine the quality of the ball-joints in the ankles is somewhat compromised. Anyway, you may have difficulty keeping him upright at times. Anakin Skywalker is also the perfect height and looks fantastic standing next to both Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi and it’s a basic rule that all action figures should be in scale to each other. That rule is definitely satisfied here.

As mentioned earlier, Anakin Skywalker comes with "Episode II-specific” accessories. That’s definitely an ironic thought since he never appeared in Episode II as a young Padawan in that film. He comes with an all-new lightsaber and lightsaber hilt. Hasbro was especially kind to us and the lightsaber hilt plugs into a hole in his belt. This is a wonderful addition to the figure for collectors who can’t stand to see holes in their action figures. Anakin Skywalker also comes with an all-new Jedi Padawan training helmet. It’s a spectacular design, although it looks too big for his head. But you should know that the sculpting of this accessory is very impressive. The paint job is equally impressive too. And lastly, Anakin Skywalker comes with a training remote on an “invisible” stand. It’s all one piece (the stand and the remote) but we don’t understand why Hasbro designed it to droop like it does. It almost looks humorous. But again, this is the Expanded Universe take on the figure and not something that we’re going to let upset us. We hope that Hasbro garners great success from this action figure so that they can go back and develop and all-new “Tatooine slave” version of Anakin Skywalker, an outfit he wore throughout most of Episode I. Once we have that version, we think it’s a safe bet that no others will be needed. (The can included a pair of goggles with it so we can have a Podrace take on Anakin as well.) Anakin Skywalker, once again, is another excellent all-new action figure in The Phantom Menace wave of figure in The Vintage Collection. It still perplexes us how far along we have come in the basic figure line. If you can rewind your memory back to 1999, did you ever think we would every get a short action figure like this with 14 points of articulation? We certainly never thought it was possible. But we’re thrilled that it is so we can enjoy a masterpiece like this action figure.

Collector Notes

Anakin Skywalker

Status: Anakin Skywalker is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 14 points

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

Accessory Count: 4

Accessory Details: lightsaber, lightsaber hilt, Padawan training helmet, training remote

Date Stamp: 2011

Assortment Number: 37500/37499

UPC: 653569723974

Retail: $8.99 USD

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The Vintage Collection Wave 10
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Added: January 3, 2012
Category: Vintage Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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