When Hasbro released its 2012 Star Wars Saga Movie Legends line, I was glad to see that it included characters both popular and obscure. I was also excited because my son has reached an age where he enjoys playing with these figures and engages them in great battles on his bedroom floor.
After Thanksgiving (but not on Black Friday), I visited a local big box store to see what deals I could get my hands on. One of the best deals was a pack that included eight of the Movie Legends figures in one set. Each figure came in its original packaging and these were all encased in one large package. There were a number of sets available, some focusing on the "Clone Wars" animated series, others focusing on the "Movie Legends." I picked up two sets, one of each, and instantly had multiple Christmas presents for my son to open on Christmas day. I did go ahead and give him a couple of the figures ahead of time, though.
One of the figures I gave him early was in the "Movie Legends" set, the 2012 Yoda figure with "whirling lightsaber" action. The figure itself looks pretty decent. The likeness to Yoda from the films is pretty good. It comes with a detachable right hand that has an ignited lightsaber attached to it. There is a second right hand included that is open and suitable to hold the included walking cane. Also included is a detachable cape that, quite honestly, isn't worth the trouble. It doesn't look right on Yoda's back, and I don't particularly like it.
The figure comes with a "whirling lightsaber" action feature which allows you to twist Yoda's waist, push down his head, and watch him spin around muck like he did in "Attack of the Clones" and "Revenge of the Sith" when he took on Count Dooku and Darth Sidious. The only bad thing is that this feature is hit-and-miss (at least with the one I purchased and my son rarely uses that particular feature.
The figure also comes with a die and card for the Galactic Battle Game. This is actually a pretty fun game and myself and my son have collected a number of cards in the set already.
If you are strictly a collector and do not open the boxes, I'd say that this Yoda is passable. If you are the type of fan who enjoys opening and displaying your figures, this Yoda is okay but there are much better molds out there. Finally, if you're just buying this toy for your child or for yourself to play with, it's decent. Like I said before, the "whirling lightsaber" action is hit-and-miss, so you might want to skip this Yoda altogether.
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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