The Silver and Red Droid Factory R2-Series Astromech Droid is very much like R2-M5, but it's a little bit more orange and has a hole in his head for the purposes of hats. This is a good reason to buy a figure. Hats = better. This one is shown in Mickey Mouse ears, but... geez, if that isn't an apt metaphor for the last few weeks I don't know what is.
Sith happens! Hahahaha kill me. This Darth Vader is showing up in greater numbers after debuting as a swell Comic-Con 2012 International exclusive. It's basically the Vintage figure with some new bits. Is it worth the $10?
Based on the last season of the original Clone Wars cartoon, this Anakin Skywalker figure is tarted up with leech secretions and looks pretty dang great! Sure, we got a "realistic" version later but this is where the unique look came from. You want one, right?
So Adi Gallia got her last new figure around 2004, which was itself a retool of the 1999 figure, which wasn't that great in the first place. She can sit, and a Stass Allie figure was released at the same time that is, for all intents and purposes, the same dang figure. It's part of the Jedi High Council set, so fans elevate her higher than the figure deserves, and diorama display people will probably want this one too.
This R2-D2 is pretty slick, and has been released twice so far... each time as an exclusive. The uniquely sculpted figure has blown-open panels and exposed wiring, effectively making this a "dead" R2-D2. It's wonderful.
Ahhh this is a good one. Thanks to my pal Shannon for helping me to get the Black R6 Series Astromech Droid, one of my favorites from the new Droid Factory at Disney Hollywood Studios Orlando. Is it worth tracking down?
Here's an interesting one which shares a name with a popular menu item at a place like going for lunch. Shu Mai is a bright, colorful figure with excellent detail, limited articulation, and she's part of a pretty decent gift set that's actually pretty cheap these days.
Did you find the last Clone Wars figure of 2012 yet? It came out a few months ago. It's a weak year. Commander Fox is basically a redeco mishmash of other figures, and the deco ain't perfect. It's neat, though. The toy arguably looks better than the TV show design. Oh, and there's a video too.
The early animated Clone Wars figures are superb, underrated gems of the collectible toy world. They're more statues than action figures, but are cheap and pretty gorgeous. And my stats say you won't read about General Grievous or the other figures in this line... why not? Don't you like nice things? You really ought to check these out.
Since Hasbro gave us the "Who's Who" of Attack of the Clones when the movie first hit, by 2010, it was time to move on to "Who's That?" Nicanas Tassu is the Jedi who tosses a couple of lightsabers to our heroes, and then is pretty easy to ignore after that. Is a new head on a Mace Windu body worth a look?
The delayed (twice, actually) Nom Anor came out a few months ago, allowing us to cross another "announced but not released" action figure off the list. He's ugly... really ugly. The Yuuzhan Vong figure comes with a giant staff, a decent cloak, and some snap-on armor pieces. Is it worth your while?
Check out this awesome figure! The Red R2-Series Astromech Droid is, like, super-red. Almost orange, that's how red it is. You can only get it at Star Tours in Orlando... or perhaps eBay, and let me tell you it's arguably worth it. Want to know more? Read on!
The second-ever commando to get a carded release, this animated The Clone Wars edition of Republic Commando Boss is really a nice toy and an unfortunate reminder that he's got a few brothers that haven't yet been rendered in plastic. There's an awesome, clever backpack accessory and the figure's chunky build is really quite excellent.
Our friend Sebulba is a fine example of everything good and bad with the figures this year. A redeco of a very good mold from 10 years ago, he's never looked better. He's also an exclusive, who came out late, who's the only Sebulba of the year, and doesn't fit in the Sebulba Pod Racer vehicle which came out months earlier. Ah well! At least he's a good figure on his own, right? Find out!
Ahhhh Luke Skywalker. This has gone from a hotly-requested resculpt from Hasbro to something they try every year or two, to varying degrees of success. Since 2009 Hasbro has been trying some really interesting things with the Black Jedi costume, which follows the 2007 costume, which was just plain awful. How does this one stack up? Since you may not be able to find it, does it matter? (Of course it does, you can buy one online.)