Asajj Ventress (Sith Apprentice)
Released December, 2003
Reviewed by Adam Pawlus
Photography by Michael Sullenger
Reviewed on February 4, 2005
The Clone Wars provided toymakers and LucasFilm's elite design team the chance to make some new designs as well as a shot at dusting off some concepts that didn't quite make it on screen, like Asajj Ventress. This Sith apprentice was originally a concept for the villain for Attack of the Clones before it was decided that Count Dooku was the way to go.
This figure is packaged with a two lightsabers and a removable cape.
Asajj Ventress is a nicely articulated, somewhat creepy villain that adds another to the very short roster of female characters in Star Wars.
Well, there she is, in all her grayscale glory. Her outfit is stained, and there are design elements that may remind a few fans of Final Fantasy X fan favorite Lulu. This figure is has more design elements and greater articulation than her animated counterpart.
There's a lot of detail in that mug, and the difference between the red and the cream coloring is a little excessive but it does expertly bring out the sculpting and folds in the sculpt. The decision to keep his eyes looking upward is a little odd, but if he's piloting a vehicle, it'd make sense that he would want to do some looking around.
She may remind some fans of the likes of the Borg Queen from Star Trek The character has a blank expression and some interesting tattoos on her bald head, plus her cranium rests on a ball joint so she can look in a variety of directions. This also means you can pop her head clean off, which is required if you want to take off her cloak. (And you will want to take off her cloak.)
For Hasbro, this figure shows a level of detail that isn't common for Star Wars toys. The cloak and outfit are simply overflowing with texture, giving her a much more lifelike appearance than expected for a character that exists only as a construct of ink, digital or otherwise. The exaggerated wrinkles and folds are a nice touch when it comes to her cloak, and the dirt over her torso really bring out the fabric and dimensions of her upper body. While her gloves and boots are surprisingly clean by comparison, I'm still not complaining.
Fans wanting a nicely articulated figure are in for a treat. With wrist joints, a waist joint, hip joints, and ball joints at the neck and shoulders, there's really no reason to be disappointed here. She can assume a variety of poses, which is good ebcause since she has twin lightsaber holsters, you won't always want her to be battle-ready. Hasbro did a great job here and really didn't miss any details, so all in all, I'm quite happy.
This set includes twin lightsabers and the cloak.
As you've seen the cloak, let's take a look at the lightsabers. Both are sculpted with little tabs and holes so they can connect together in a twisted homage to Darth Maul's weapon from The Phantom Menace. Both have removable blades, a great new sculpt, and can be placed in holsters on her hips. Considering Hasbro hasn't really gone out of their way to make a weapon that can be mounted on a belt or similar details as of late, this is a big plus. The designs are taken from existing concept art yet again, which is always something I like to see.
New for 2003, the Clone Wars package theme.
At most stores, this figure has come and gone. As such, keep your eyes peeled and buy it on site if you wanted one.
Hasbro knows how to make a good Expanded Universe figure. Asajj is a fine example of how to make a good toy, at least from an adult collector point of view. She's posable, she has great weapons that can connect together, she has a removable cloak... can you possibly ask for more? Well, a stand really would have been nice. But aside from that, she's a great figure and unless you have an allergy to non-movie toys, this should be considered a must-buy for fans of all ages.
Our regular sample was obtained from Entertainment Earth in December 2003.