It's been way overdue, but Star Wars action figures have been inducted to the National Toy Hall of Fame for 2012, along with Dominoes. With over $20 billion in sales generated since 1978, Star Wars action figure toys beat out Clue, Lite Brite, and the Magic 8 Ball for the honor.
Love it or hate it, it's hard to deny that this Darth Maul has the best portrait on any version of the character at this scale. It's awesome. The articulation is a little light, but the figure looks better and stands more easily than his siblings. Can we call this one a "win"?
Here's a neat repaint from a Battle Pack earlier this year. Clone Trooper Hardcase is a new-ish figure in that he's a new character based on a familiar mold, and arguably worth the price of admission. Did you get yours yet?
Hey kids, it's the Emperor's Royal Guard! The new Vintage version is a pretty slick figure with all of the bells and whistles you might expect from a 2012 figure, with one major missing feature. What is it? Well, watch the review after the break, true believers!
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.
OK, so who do we got going on tonight? Looks like Weequay, a remake of a figure which has been, historically, one of the best. Kenner did an awesome one in 1983, and another great one in 1997. The 2012 Vintage Collection release is pretty swell, too. You'll want to see this one up close... or just watch the video after the jump.
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.
Let's look at another new Vintage action figure - but be warned, I hear they're starting to sell out and it hasn't even been a week since they hit! Today it's the updated Nien Nunb, which is a new version of the 1983 and 1997 figures, both of which were exceptional in their days and are still quite good. Now he has a blaster based on the boxy 1980s version, plus a 1997-esque rifle and 14 points of articulation. I love it. I assume you will too. Watch the video after the break!
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.