Mace Windu (Clone Wars Animated Series)
Released December, 2003
Reviewed by Adam Pawlus
Photography by Michael Sullenger
Reviewed on January 16, 2003
Wit the undoubtedly oddest design of the series, Animated Mace Windu manages be the figure you'll buy because you have the others in the set.
This figure is packaged with a lightsaber and a base, both of which are new to this series.
So far, the animated figures are completely new sculpts except for their Star Wars logo bases. As such, there's nothing here that should look familliar.
While this may be the oddest looking figure as far as likeness to the actor goes, but the sculpt is surprisingly good. There's a lot of lines sculpted in here which accentuate the colors of the outfit, but the one thing that people will notice first is his head. This isn't exactly a hallmark of greatness, here.
This isn't something Hasbro should be faulted for, as the design came from elsewhere. The brow and the shape of the face are very distictive, but this isn't a design you look at and go "Oh, Samuel L. Jackson" or even "Oh, this is Mace Windu." As an original character, it's a design that isn't exactly repulsive. It does the job, and it's a nice and clean sculpt, but doesn't impress nor does it amaze just because it doesn't recall the character as I would see it. But this is my opinion, and as the saying goes, I could be wrong.
The figure has very chunky boots, which show a lot of thought was made into making sure this figure looked like it came from a hand-drawn page if lit correctly. The striking lines would have been lost had the figure been made more realistic with rounded boots, and as such, we tip our hats to Hasbro on making sure the details weren't missed.
Oddly, Hasbro decided to make both Clone Wars figures look very similar in design, with one being very clean and the other looking like a bit of a mess. They're cut from the same cloth, it seems, but since they're different figures with different markets. It's a great sculpt for what it is, but it isn't the most Mace-y figure you could get.
This set includes a weapon and a base.
Once again, the lightsaber is a brand new sculpt. The handle and the flare at the end are all totally new, and this is a nice thing to see as it shows a little extra variety in the deisgn. The handle has no gold plating like we were beaten over the head with in movie photos, but other than that it's an interesting design that's significantly more simple than the one used in the movie. It isn't bad, and since he's holding it, odds are you won't even notice.
The base is typical for this series with a big logo from the films and a smaller Clone Wars logo beneath it. While it would be nice to see a second color added to the base to bring out the detail, odds are it's best to leave it as is so the paint doesn't come off on the figure's feet. These bases are quite nice, and it would be nice to see Hasbro adopt movie logo bases for the regular Saga line.
Hasbro came up with something new that brings in elements of the old.
This is really spiffy. The coloring is very vibrant, and the packaging has a nice, extra large portrait of the character art on the side of the bubble which is something we really haven't seen since the old days. The Clone Trooper in the top corner reminds us of the POTF2 design, and the Cartoon Network tab is a nice touch. The cardback has some great artwork along with some nifty concept art, as well as a shot of the rest of the line. The bubble extends to the very edges of the cardboard packaging, too, which seems to be something Hasbro is very big on these days. Check out the recent G.I. Joe: Valor vs. Venom action figures for further examples.
All in all, this package is everything it needed to be, and then some.
Target exclusive. In recent weeks, stores in the Phoenix area have received loads of these, so keep checking around if you're unable to find this or others in the series, unless you're reading this in 2005 or later in which case forget about it.
This is a really odd figure because it shows a lot of thought went into the design and a lot of work went into the sculpt, but it doesn't appeal to me. Maybe it will appeal to you. If you're looking to complete a set, you have to get this. Otherwise, odds are you can give it a miss and not be too sorry.
Our sample was obtained from a Phoenix area Target in December 2003.