STAR WARS: POWER OF THE FORCE (HASRBO)
“Like the swamp planet Dagobah where he lived out his last years, the Jedi Master Yoda was shrouded in mystery. A diminutive, green-skinned creature, Yoda faithfully served the Galctic Republic as one of the 12 members of the Jedi Council. When the Emperor seized control of the galaxy, he ordered the elimination of all Jedi. In his darkest hour, Yoda, the last known Jedi Master, went into a life of hiding on Dagobah. When Luke Skywalker searched out Yoda for Jedi training on the advice of Obi-Wan Kenobi, the Jedi Master had reservations, but he chose to instruct young Skywalker in the ways of the Force.”
It’s May, and this is officially my first Power of the Force review of the year. That’s a shockingly long stretch of not reviewing any of these guys. And I didn’t even wait until Wednesday to start back up. I mean, it’s prime Star Wars Day material, right? Well, I like to break from the norms, I guess. Or, you know, I just didn’t look terribly closely at the schedule before putting this one on this here Monday, two days before the fourth, and I couldn’t be bothered to rework my layout for it. Besides, I wouldn’t have all this fantastic material for the intro that way. And wouldn’t that just be such a terrible loss? Right, so let’s have a look at a Yoda figure!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Yoda was part of the first set of “Flashback Photo” Power of the Force figures. The whole batch hit shelves at the end of 1998, as part of the promotional work leading up to the release of The Phantom Menace and its corresponding tie-in material in 1999. This was the fourth Yoda in the line, though only the second from the main line releases, with the other two coming in the form of the Jedi Spirits Cinema Scene and the Dagobah Complete Galaxy set. This would be the line’s final version of Yoda before it wrapped in early 2000. The figure stands 2 inches tall and he has 4 points of articulation. His sculpt is very similar to the first figure’s, with only minor mold changes to the body below the neck, mostly just to change the date stamp. Otherwise, it’s virtually identical, for better or for worse. It’s still goofy, but it’s fitting for the line. His head sculpt marks the real changes for this release; the actual face and ears are more or less the same, but the hair is now actual rooted hair, rather than just sculpted. It’s…honestly better than expected. The concept feels like it would be too goofy, but it’s actually not half bad. The paint work on this guy is similar to the first release, but stepped up just a little bit. The eyes are a little sharper, and the accenting is a little more intensive, which is all pretty good, especially for this era of figure. Yoda is packed with the same cane as the first release, as well as a boiling pot and a small candle. Also included is the Flashback photo thing, which shows Yoda, and then you pull the thing, and it’s also Yoda, but, like, a little bit younger.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I picked this guy up when he got traded into All Time Toys, fairly recently. Not much of a thrilling story there, just kind of a “hey, there he is, I don’t have him, might as well grab him” sort of thing. He’s not anything majorly unique or special, but it’s a pretty nice little figure, all things considered. The rooted hair works better than expected, and the accessories are pretty nifty.