Hasbro has taken a lot of heat from fanboys and collectors of Star Wars figures over the last few years. A lot of it is justified considering the enormous amount of repacks, repaints, and miniscule selections to choose from. Basically if you have enough Anakin and Obi-Wan figures in your collection, there hasn't been much for you to buy lately.
With the 2013 Saga Legends line, though, Hasbro has done something different or oddly familiar depending on your age. Fans old enough to remember when Kenner was king and produced tons of 5 POA Star Wars figures will instantly recognize the similiarities between the old Kenner lines and the 2013 Hasbro line.
Gone are the multiple points of articulation. What has replaced them are a barebones, 5 POA line of figures including Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, a Shock Trooper, Mace Windu, R4, a Super Battle Droid, and Yoda. There are also two figure Mission Series packs, but that's for another review.
I've noticed that collectors either love, severely hate, or don't really care one way or the other about these figures. I love some of them and shake my head at others. There is a great lack of consistency on paint jobs for these figures, but when you find one that is right, it looks perfect.
I picked up the Obi-Wan figure because I'm a huge Obi-Wan fan. The paint job was excellent (although I sifted through quite a few figures to find the perfect one), and he comes with old school Kenner 5 POA and a lightsaber.
There are no "secret weapons" like the older Saga Legends line had, nor are their dice and game cards (I actually miss those).
Hasbro claims that this line of figures is meant for children and the Black Series is meant for serious collectors. With that said, though, I have to admit that the Black Series figures are a bit lacking for the most part. I'd much rather drop about five bucks on the Saga Legends figures, open them, and pose them on display. Sure, they don't move very much, but I don't plan on playing with them much either.
It ultimately depends on what you are looking for to determine if you should buy these Saga Legends figures. If you want multiple POA, skip these figures. If you'd like to feel a bit nostalgic, grab one or two of them and see what vibe they give off. I'd personally like to see the 5 POA figures in the Vintage packaging. Now THAT would be nostalgic!
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Kendall Fontenot (kfontenot)
Despite looking extremely cool, I have to admit that I'm a dork. I grew up on the outskirts of the small town of Oberlin, LA. I have since relocated to the Lake Charles, LA area.I love my home state … more