Expanded Universe continues to be popular amongst collectors, particularly when it comes to gaming. The 2009 Fan's Choice winner shares the same game (Knights of the Old Republic) and scarcity, and for now, high premium as the 2006 winner, Darth Revan. While traditionalists would rather stick with film based characters, there is a cross market out there that are buying the game based figures up. Besides, Bastila Shan is great looking.
Appearance: Knights of the Old Republic (Role Playing Video Game)
Includes: Double Bladed Lightsaber, Lightsaber Hilt
Released: September 2011
Cardback: Celebrate the legendary Star Wars saga that changed the universe forever! This collection brings to life the incredible story of good versus evil that captured our imagination and took us to a galaxy far, far away. Iconic Star Wars heroes and villains are captured with incredible detail and premium features to commemorate each epic tale in the Star Wars saga. May the Force be with you! [MORE IMAGES]
SCULPT/PAINT: Her sculpt features nice detail etched on the armor with pretty close to accurate 90's Wolverine paint coloring from the character reference. While the cardback photo shows an actual model in composite art, her headsculpt is a stylized resemblance of the video game character. Stylized in that you can see where Hasbro tried to make it as figure "realistic" as possible, but with a nod to her pixelated rendition.
Hasbro gave Bastila nice wrinkling details on her outfit, and while the long skirt isn't soft goods, it's thin and pliable enough plastic that it won't hinder her from action poses.
ARTICULATION: The figure has 14 points of super articulation for good poseability that includes ball joints in the shoulders, elbows, knees, and ankles. Again, the plastic skirt isn't a hindrance and you can actually pose her in nice battle stances.
ACCESSORIES: The double bladed lightsaber and hilt looks to be the same mold used for one of the Maul figures. The blades aren't detachable so you can't have single bladed action. The hilt attaches nicely to a hole on her belt, and despite the longer length, actually looks and works well.
CARDBACK: I could be wrong, but the cardback photo could be based on or inspired by Jennifer Hale, the actress who voiced the character in the game. There are some similarities. The Vintage Collection cardback has the generic "Expanded Universe" header and there isn't mention anywhere on the packaging of Bastila being a Fan's Choice winner, but there is the standard "Character Debut" sticker. The Fan's Choice distinction would have been a nice touch by Hasbro.
TOPPING THINGS OFF: She's scarce and not very easy to find. Our sponsors at Entertainment Earth had her for awhile in a case assortment earlier this year, but that's long been sold out. This wave is prime candidate for re-circulation with a Hoth Rebel troop builder, an essential and definitive Ponda Baba, and a Fan's Choice Winner.
From a figure standpoint, Bastila has good design and articulation, and for a 4 inch piece of plastic, she's a stunner. I'm almost certain your Darth Revan action figure will agree. If you have one that is.