Ah, Anakin Skywalker. This is a pretty great figure, because it has good wrist movement and a swell cloth skirt piece which doesn't get in the way of it being a good toy. It's also not impossible to find, and online prices aren't awful. Want to know more?
This is a good one! Another Battle Pack exclusive, Clone Trooper Echo (Kamino) has some awesome deco. There's a swell tampo on his thigh, slick blue stripes, and of course, a gun. You need guns.
If you can't afford Gentle Giant's animated maquettes, Hasbro's animated action figures like Obi-Wan Kenobi are a pretty good deal, largely because they are now sort of worthless. There's a little bit of articulation, and it's a striking sculpt with strong lines. On eBay, an entire collection is still ridiculous. Should you get this one?
This version of Princess Leia came out earlier in the year, and she's a neat one. A mix of the 2009 Slave figure with new parts (like goggles), this is a pretty nice design and comes from one of the many deleted scenes on the 2011 Blu-Ray collection. Should you get her?
Pretty closely scaled to figures, the Naboo Nuna is also known as the intergalactic equivalent of our Thankgiving bird. The "Swamp Turkey" comes from a Battle Bags set from 1999, which brought us about 16 unarticulated PVC figures from The Phantom Menace which are, frankly, awesome.
Awwww yeah! R2-D2 made from build-a-droid bits! Well, one of two, but this one is nifty because it has a Naboo Droid Harness plus a nifty blue light on his dome, which is unusual. He looks great! Should you care?
It's the new Aayla Secura! This is a great upgrade for a figure most of us thought was pretty good - the new 2012 edition has amazing articulation, more gear, and an improved paint job. The 2005 one was already really good, so you'll want to see what's on the table this time around.
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?
Reader Patrick Curatola sends the heads up that Costco is now selling their exclusive Jedi Force Epic Rivals set featuring Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, R2-D2, an X-Wing Fighter, and Vader's TIE Advance X-1 Fighter.