Saesee Tiin (Clone Wars)
Released December, 2003
Reviewed by Adam Pawlus
Photography by Michael Sullenger
Reviewed on December 12, 2003
The third version of this Jedi Master shows that it's quite possible for Hasbro to make a guy in Jedi robes significantly different on each and every release. Saesee Tiin is a nicely articulated, expertly sculpted, cloth wearing Jedi master and a pilot to boot.
This figure is packaged with a lightsaber, headgear, wrist gauntlets, and shin armor. The armor is packaged on the figure in the package, so it looks like it's a part of the sculpt.
Saesee Tiin the third brings a lot of goodness to the table. The dark robes and gloves make him look very distinctive, so what's not to love?
Yowza. Lookit this one. He's got an angry scowl with a paint job to match-- he looks mad, and since his sculpt makes it obvious he's seen a little action since the Battle of Geonosis, that's a great decision on Hasbro's part.
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.
Cloth... truly, a wonder. It's great to see soft goods return to the small plastic Star Wars toys because the plastic always feels like it's being distorted or corrupted when it's bent for long periods of time. Now, he can stand or sit with no ill-effects to the long-term integrity of the toy. This is always a good thing. The cloth itself looks good from a small distance, but up close you can see a lot of intentional and nice fraying, as well as some stitches which, in all honesty, are a bit of an eyesore. The layers make up for this a little, showing a little more time and expense went into this figure and that's always good to see.
The figure's sculpt is ripe with folds and joints, making this a fantastic figure. The decision to color the figure's design around its articulation is great, because this way the joints don't stand out as much as they might otherwise do. It's also obvious they patterned this after the Rebel Pilot flight suits. When you get one, take a good look at his shoulders, and compare it to, say, Biggs Darklighter, Jorg Sacul, or Porkins. There are a few nice added details in there which most fans will probably never even notice. Kudos, Hasbro.
Articulation, as mentioned previously, is handled well here yet again with joints at the neck, waist, hips, wrists, elbows (swivel), and that's about it. As such, he can assume a number of poses and looks great in any of them. Obviously, the Clone Trooper from the same wave is the best basic Clone Wars figure in terms of articulation, but this is a great runner-up with a fantastic amount of detail that's sure to please even the most jaded fan and, more importantly, not make you go "oh crap, ANOTHER Saesee Tiin figure?"
This set includes a lightsaber, a headset, and some armor.
The toy is packaged with the armor on, holding the lightsaber, and wearing the headgear. While I've always felt it better to separate the accessories to better highlight the added included accessories, the great thing here is that the extra parts are integrated well right out of the box and don't look like an eyesore like they might on other figures. Like Anakin.
The lightsaber is a two-piece design but seems to be pre-bent in some samples. As such, pick your figure carefully. The weapon sculpt is par for the course and probably won't do much to excite anyone, but it is nice and I have seen worse.
Lastly, there's the headgear. Looks great, but it's a little loose. Be careful when futzing with this one because you won't want to lose this piece.
New for 2003, the Clone Wars package theme.
This series of figures has yet to hit retail establishments, and as such it's a little tough to find outside the Web. It's assumed more will show up near the end of the year.
If you need a decent Jedi pilot, this figure meets the requirement and then some. It's nicely jointed, in no way restricted in its movement, and has a great piece of headgear which should let you pose him in pretty much any way you'd want. Above the waist, at least. The end result is a great figure at a great price, hopefully a sign of things to come in the future. Hasbro, in case you needed us to tell you, we'd like to say that the cloth works and we're happy to see more of it as you're willing to roll it out. It's great, it looks great, and it doesn't make me feel like I'm breaking my figure as I test out its capabilities. If you have a vehicle that needs a pilot or a reason to blow five bucks, you need this. You won't be sorry, it's a heck of a nice toy.
Our regular sample was obtained from Entertainment Earth in December 2003.