New Saga Legends! I got a case yesterday. Here’s the skinny of the new 2013 figures, all of which are new-to-the-wave sculpts with limited articulation.
Oh, click here for a full review of R4-P17, with more pictures and a video. You won’t be sorry - unless you are!
The entire gimmick here is that these should be $6ish. If you’re at a store charging $10, tell them to go screw.
Clone Trooper (AOTC) - shares body with Shock Trooper. Good pose, all the joints move, the figure has no problems standing. For some reason the limbs and helmet look like they’re going to discolor to me. We’ll see. Buying white plastic is like playing Russian Roulette. The gun is good and he has no problems holding it. What really stunned me about the plain white clone were the soles of his boots - they’re painted an off-white color, and Hasbro could have saved a few pennies leaving them undecorated.
Shock Trooper - shares body with Clone Trooper as well as comments. Repainted for the 2-packs. Good deco, clean stripes, and the red looks good. I don’t know why they packed this at 2 per case, I’m pretty Shock Trooper-ed out.
R4-P17 - New mold. No wheels, no foot pegs. Deco is good. Sculpt is nice. Moving dome and legs, and that’s it. Seems smaller like the vintage 2010 R2-D2, if you keep track of such things. By no means impressive, but certainly not bad. Packed at 2 per case, not sure why.
Super Battle Droid - New mold, and the simplest yet. The legs are removable with quasi-ball joints, I think the arms will snap if I try. 4 joints at the arms and legs remind me of the original Chewbacca. He has no problems standing, which makes him unique among Super Battle Droids. The deco is good, the red light is nice, and I would argue that of all the “cheaper” figures this one is an actual improvement over most previous releases. If I were building a diorama, this is the mold I would want. I’ll probably buy 2-3 more of these if they don’t show up in wave 2 and I get more there. No accessories.
Yoda - The head is a ball joint, which is a surprise in this wave - you can pop it off. This figure needs a tiny bit of finesse to stand as he’s the only one in the wave with an “action pose,” if hunching over qualifies as an action. Lightsaber is good and I think new, but I haven’t compared him to my archives yet. The green feels closer to the 1980 original, and I like the departure from the many dark skinned Yoda figures we’ve seen lately. It feels different enough to be cool. 1 per case, again, why? Kids are going to want this. It’s good. I am eager to see Hasbro try an ESB/ROTJ Yoda in this format now.
Mace Windu - Some elements of the outfit are strikingly similar to Obi-Wan Kenobi to the point I wonder if they share bits and were sculpted digitally in order to share assets, like a pouch. The figure can sit, but not as well as a 1980s vintage figure - he can still be seated in a vehicle with no problems, just not at a perfect right angle. Darker skin and more realistic head sculpt. Has no problems holding lightsaber or standing, so it makes a good toy. I like it more than the 2011 Vintage Collection version.
Anakin Skywalker - Has a good personality, a mix between “heroic” and “confused.” Easily grips lightsaber and has no problems standing or sitting. Legs bend at a near 90-degree angle, making him a winner.
I think the identical figure is packed with a 501st Clone Trooper in the Mission Series but they have yet to arrive. Update: Mission Series has different deco, pale skin, and Sith eyes. Good lightsaber deco. I think the head is on par with or better than most recent releases. Probably the best in the batch.
Obi-Wan Kenobi - I would prefer an AOTC one for the existing Jedi Starfighter, but this is pretty good - most comments for Mace Windu apply here, it’s a nice sculpt and stands well. Sitting is angled funny, but he’ll still fit in a Jedi Starfighter quite nicely. The lightsaber has decent enough deco and the head sculpt is good. The figure isn’t impressive, but it’s certainly not bad.
In terms of execution I like these figures more than most I’ve bought in the last 11 years. They feel like toys, and I’m a toy collector.