STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS (HASBRO)
“A member of the Jedi Council and an intrepid warrior descended from a long line of Jedi Knights, Plo Koon has fought in many battles in the Clone Wars. An imposing figure, he wears special protective goggles and an antiox mask on oxygen-rich worlds.”
Clone Wars placed a lot of effort into building up and fleshing out the clones, but it also did the same for a lot of the Prequel Trilogy’s Jedi Knights. By and large, they’d just been background fillers with cool looks, but the show really ran with some of them, making them fully crafted characters in their own right. A particular favorite of the show was Plo Koon, who got quite a fair bit of focus throughout the show’s run, pretty much right from the get-go. Unsurprisingly, he was added to the tie-in toyline quite quickly after the show’s launch, as the line’s first non-core Jedi release. Not bad for ol’ Plo!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Plo Koon was figure 14 in Hasbro’s Clone Wars tie-in line. He was the second figure in the line’s third assortment, the fourth Jedi, and the first proper alien in the line’s run. The figure stands about 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 14 points of articulation. He predates the line giving the Jedi improved articulation to match the clones, so he’s unfortunately lacking much mobility below the waist. They did at least try to offset things by making his pose just a little more dynamic than Obi-Wan and Anakin’s had been, so he wasn’t quite as static looking. The arms also retained a lot of movement, so there was still plenty that could be done with him. Plo’s sculpt was an all-new one, and it was a very nice one at that. After the first few assortments being just a little bit off in terms of animation accuracy, this one actually looked a lot more on point. The head in particularly really captures his show design, and the whole thing is very clean and sharp. There’s also a nice, dynamic flair to the lower portion of his robes, which really aids in making him look a little more action-oriented, as well as making it a bit easier to pose the legs at the hips. Plo’s paint work is pretty solid. There’s a lot of rather basic work on the main body, but the head and hands get a nice bit of accenting to bring out some of the textures, and he’s also got some pretty cool small detail work on his gauntlets. Plo was packed with two different versions of his hood (up or down), two different lightsabers, and a lightsaber gauntlet. The hood adds some nice variety (or would if I wasn’t missing the one that’s up), and the gauntlet re-uses an old RotS concept in a new and fun way. You could even plug his standard sabers into the back for a four saber set-up!
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Plo’s early focus episodes were some of my favorites when the show first launched, and I’d always been interested by the character in the Prequels, so I was anxious to see him get added to this line back in the day. I recall actively looking for this one, and being very excited to add him to my collection. Though he’s more restricted on the articulation front, he’s otherwise still a really cool figure, and probably my favorite Jedi from the line, even after all this time.