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.)
Another look back at the now-classic Clone Wars figure line! This Clone Trooper comes from the Tartakovsky era of the show, when the microseries aired in tiny bite-sized chunks. The figure has excellent painted detail and looks like a 2D drawing come to life. It's also dirt cheap. Should you track this one down?
Hey hey, it's Clone Commander Wolffe! It's a new-for-2012 figure which you might actually find at a store near you. Articulation isn't exceptional, but it's a nice design with a good sculpt. (It could stand to be cheaper, of course.) So should you get it?
The Jedi High Council sets are... uh... well, they're a little overrated. Eeth Koth is basically repeated in this set ("Agen Kolar" my eye) and the entire package is something of a disappointment. So why not read about it? I have no idea. It's a thing you can do.
This Count Dooku figure from the earlier Clone Wars TV series turned out really well. Check out the cape lining, nifty eyebrows, and fantastic pose. This is a great figure, and like the others from this line, it may as well be free now. Did you get yours yet, and should you?
It's weird, but not unheard of that a figure becomes famous for his gun. This Sandtrooper is a huge improvement over the 2010 Vintage release, and it includes most of the same stuff with an added pair of bonus items. One is a Special Edition-inspired Probe Droid. The other, a unique rifle with an artculated three-piece design which puts it in line with the vintage Kenner 3-Position Laser Rifle. With creeping price increases, this is a good way to add value to a repaint.
The deco is good, but the sculpting is great. Tons of articulation make this Scout Trooper the perfect companion to the new exclusive Speeder Bike, with additional head articulation improving your life in so many ways. I assume you know you'll have to buy this one.