GENERAL JAN DODONNA Battle of Yavin
Item No.: Asst. 84715 No. 84766
Includes: Blaster, ceremonial medals, display base
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: Spring 2002
Appearances: Star Wars
Bio: General Jan Dodonna was the wizened tactician and strategist of the Rebel base at the Massassi site on Yavin 4. When the Death Star arrived in the Yavin system, Dodonna formulated the Rebels' crucial attack run of the Battle of Yavin and briefed the Rebel pilots as to its logistics. His solid tactics led to a victory when the Rebels destroyed the Death Star. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)
Image: Adam Pawlus' toy shelves.
Commentary: This figure can thank the fans for its presence in the line-- during the fourth Fan's Choice poll, General Jan Dodonna tied for winner with Captain Antilles, so Hasbro decided to make both. Why Captain Antilles got the "Fan's Choice" graphics on his packaging and Dodonna didn't is beyond me, but hey, at least we got the figures. The figure had a great sculpt with just enough detail, good deco, and nine points of articulation. Of course, the legs were somewhat hindered by his giant coat, but such is life. This figure is really a display piece more than a toy, so if you get it, don't expect it to go piloting your vehicles for Rebel missions. It can, however, stand around for Rebel briefings, and that's a good thing. For collectors, this is a great figure for so many reasons. It's the first time this character saw the world of action figures, showing that even after two decades, Hasbro still keeps thinking about which characters to immortalize in plastic. The medals aren't exactly necessary, but are a nice touch-- be sure to pick this figure up if you have the chance!
Collector's Notes: This figure was never repackaged or reissued-- you had one shot at him in 2004 and that was it. He wasn't the strongest seller of the time, but he was a really great figure and collectors everywhere were pleased Hasbro produced him. He should be easily had for his original retail price (not including tax and shipping, of course) so there's really no reason to wait for a reissue that will likely never happen. Also, a lot of fans say Hasbro doesn't do Rebel officers, but aside from Dodonna, Hasbro has made quite a few. In 2004 alone, they cranked out General Rieekan, General Solo, General Calrissian, General Madine, and Captain Antilles-- and this was all before Summer, too! ( MORE IMAGES )
Day 319: March 21, 2007