MACE WINDU Jedi Master
30th Anniversary Collection Basic Figures
Item No.: Asst. 87500 No. 87238
Includes: Lightsaber, Cloth Cloak, Force Lightning, Coin
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: March 2007
Appearances: Revenge of the Sith
Bio: A powerful Jedi warrior, Mace Windu has mastered skills that only the most trained minds could hope to attempt. He is slain in a desperate act of betrayal by Anakin Skywalker after fighting Chancellor Palpatine to a standstill in a battle that costs the lives of three Jedi. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)
Image: Adam Pawlus' toy room.
Commentary: One strange thing about the Hasbro action figures is that sometimes, newer doesn't necessarily mean better. Mace Windu figures are a fine example-- this one has the best-ever selection of accessories with the best-ever body, but the head sucks. While the features are a little softer, the 1998 mail-in figure has what many considered to be the best likeness, although some of the 2002 Mace Windu figures had great heads too. This one doesn't quite look like the Samuel L. Jackson I've come to love on the big screen, be it shooting people, defending the Republic, or getting tired of snakes on planes.
The sculpt, overall, is a strong one. The Jedi robes, both cloth and plastic, mask much of the articulation. Even without the cloth robe, the joints are pretty nicely worked into the figure's design, and Mace can be posed in a number of awesome fighting poses. Designed specifically to go in the whole "Final Duel" scenario, Hasbro upped the ante by including Sith lightning that can wrap around his lightsaber, just as we saw in the duel with Palpatine. It's a really solid figure, but articulated wrists and ankles don't mean much of anything if the head looks funky. Hasbro has one of their finest figures in the entire line here, it's just that he can't sit very well and he needs a new head. If Hasbro decides to revisit Mace Windu, a couple of minor tweaks and this would easily be their finest version of the character ever.
Collector's Notes: This release was in and out of circulation throughout 2007, but it seems he's pretty much gone now-- if you see one, odds are if you don't get it, you might not see it again. (Well, maybe if you wait for eBay.) It's a nice figure with the best-ever articulation count on the character, so I suggest you snag one before you miss out. Unless you're willing to wait a few years to see if Hasbro can do an even better one.
Day 641: February 6, 2008