The evolution of the action figure at Hasbro has taken a lot of weird twists and turns. At one point they were all engineered to be toys for kids, and now they're basically modestly-priced plastic collectibles for adults... but not this Darth Vader. Despite having one of the best sculpts in years, the engineering seems to be better for kids to play with, or as a desk accessory. When we looked at Boba Fett from this set, it became our most-read FOTD of 2012... so you're gonna want to read this one, right?
If you didn't spend all day counting the seconds to the Banimon figure launch, perhaps you will want to read about the late 2010 Obi-Wan Kenobi. Season 3. Thin. Awesome?
#1,900! How did we make it this far? Why did we make it this far? It's time to look at a swell black-and-silver Mygeeto Super Battle Droid which, it seems, a lot of us missed. Is it cool? Of course! Read on!
The Droid Factory Star Tours-exclusive Red R5-Series Astromech Droid isn't R5-D4, but it's kind of close! The unique dome has slightly different deco, plus it lacks the antenna of the build-a-droid mold seen at retail. Is it worth buying, or should you ask for a red robot refund?
This is a good one. If you're one of the few readers who still believe it's important for an action figure to be a good toy, this Anakin Skywalker is one of the better ones. Not only does he have the first entirely-new sculpt of Jake Lloyd as Anakin in over a decade, but he has a wacky fun toy backpack that feels like it was ripped right out of the 1990s... when the first Anakin came with a backpack which did absolutely nothing.
The Clone Trooper Lieutenant is starting to finally trickle into stores, just in time for you to go "Didn't I get this in San Diego?" (Yes.) It's still quite good, and as a repaint it's OK. If yours has eyebrows, anyway. Read on!
Arguably one of the more interesting TIE Fighter pilot names, Mauler Mithel came from, if my abacus is truthful, Decipher's customizable card game. The pilot is notable with his rubbed helmet symbol and... pilot-ness.
Who loves a good argument? The Nightsister which just showed up at Target is sold with animated versions of Darth Maul and Savage Opress, but is sculpted to match a prequel concept for a proto-Darth Maul Sith Witch character. She's not very cartoony, but if anything, feels like a stealth "concept" figure rather than a Mother Talzin substitute.
The Darth Sidious that is made the least tends to sell best, and the 2012 version ain't bad. It has a nice head sculpt popped on a 2005 body, but the sculpt of the 1999 version is pretty charming still. Is this a worthy upgrade? Read on!