Saesee Tiin (Jedi Master)
Released April 2005
Reviewed by Adam Pawlus
Photography by Michael Sullenger
Reviewed on March 25, 2005
The Jedi Knight figures have been all over the place since the prequels started, but basically they started off as statues, got a little more posable, and have now evolved into near-perfection. Saesee Tiin is much improved over his previous chess piece-like figure from Power of the Jedi and his odd energy ball redux for Saga. Now he's got ball joints, cloth parts, the best sculpt this figure has ever seen, and a stand, too! If Hasbro were to do a "Vintage" style line for Prequel figures, this is about the quality you should be expecting. (And at least he isn't $10.)
The horned Jedi has a lightsaber and a base.
When you first take him out of the package, his initial pose is a little.. shall we say unique. But this is easily changed.
He looks a little basic in these pictures, but this is a good thing-- for Episode I, all he could do is stand in his heavy plastic robes. For Episode II, he was in a dedicated action pose. Now, he can do what you'd like him to do.
Of all the Revenge of the Sith figures I've had a chance to play with so far, the Jedi have been the most fun to futz with and Saesee Tiin has been an early favorite of the Jedi. His cloth parts are much thinner and not at all the bulky craziness you saw on 2004's Vintage OTC Obi-Wan Kenobi, but more in line with some of the soft goods pieces used from Episode One, in other words, not crappy. Combined with his stand, he can assume numerous poses through the use of ball jointed shoulders and knees as well as many joints at the neck, waist, elbows, and wrists.
The head sits atop a ball joint, like the Clone Wars version of this character which also had a broken appendage on the side of his noggin-- so what happened? Did he heal? Does it grow back? Or is it a prosthetic? We have no idea, but I'm going to go with "Bacta Rejuvination." Is there such a thing? Sure, let's say there is. There's a lot of wrinkles to be seen and tons of subtlety in his face, the deco is mostly perfect as long as it didn't suffer from poor paint ops (some samples do). The only downside we can see is the face color is quite white, a little bit more brown or cream coloring would make it look like the photo on the package, thus making it the best ever. Which, well, it is anyway.
He's got knees, too, and nicely sculpted boots. Not that you need to see them, but it's nice to know that they're there and they let you pose this guy in all sorts of wonderful ways!
The weapon is fairly similar to the standard fare introduced with Eeth Koth nearly three and a half years ago, with the flare and removable blade. While his belt has a hole to hang his lightsaber, his lightsaber has no matching peg-- a shame, really, as that is a nice feature.
The stand-- like most of the stands-- is from one of a few molds and was repainted. The same one is included with Bail Organa and the Senate Guards, for example. It's a nice base and connects with other bases of its ilk, but was designed to not be too obvious in its ability to connect and grow a nice big display area. It's a good stand if Hasbro were willing to sell we'd buy more for other figures.
New for 2005: the flaming head of Darth Vader.
This is a very ornate package. Despite being somewhat generic across the line, there are numerous layers at work here-- there are two cardboard inserts in the front, a plastic tray, and stickers all over to make this really stand out. The end result is a busy, flaming design you just can't ignore. It isn't as gee-whiz or gosh-golly cool as the packaging used for the Original Trilogy Collection but it looks like the most expensive cardback Hasbro has done to date and the new egglike bubble is a huge departure from the previous two decades and change of product from Kenner and Hasbro. The bubble is much like that of the G.I. Joe figures (two- and three-packs) from 2003-2005 in that the bubble wraps the card, hugging it, where it is taped in the back. This allows you to remove a figure a little more easily, although the folks at Hasbro secured it in more places so you'll probably rip most of these getting the figures out.
As of today, this figure is just becoming available in the USA-- depending on where you shop. It should be everywhere on April 2, 2005.
If you don't own a Saesee Tiin and want one, this is as good as it gets-- we assume. The fourth go-round is easily the best and one of the finest figures in the line. Sure, it's a Jedi, but it isn't boring-- it's a lot of fun to futz with, is nicely posable, and you can have it do all sorts of great things. It's a benchmark of greatness for the line, and after you buy all your favorite characters you should consider this one as an example of a top-notch figure just in terms of quality. A definite keeper.
Our review sample was obtained from Entertainment Earth in 2005.