Thursday, December 13, 2012

Review: Star Wars VC102 Ahsoka Tano

With all the Clone Wars figures we’ve gotten in that collection, we’ve actually got a brand new version! Rather than the cartoonish Ahsoka, the last wave of the Star Wars Vintage Collection features a “real life” version of the young Jedi. How did her transition from cartoon to real-life turn out? Read the review to find out!

Remember that life-like artwork featured on the cardbacks of the “deleted scenes” Return of the Jedi figures a few waves back? Pretty awesome stuff, right? It’s back for Ahsoka! I think it’s slightly less realistic looking this time around, but still very impressive. Other than that, it’s the standard (awesome) Vintage Collection packaging.

This sculpt is impressive. It’s basically the same Ahsoka Tano we’ve seen in the Clone Wars collection, but with more realistic proportions. The head sculpt, although not overwhelming, looks nice. The one thing I would add would be the dark eyeliner underneath her eyes that we always see. To me, the most impressive part of this figure is the belt. The sculpting and paint are both about the best you’ll see in the 3 ¾” scale. Pop the lightsaber hilts on that belt, and she looks like a Jedi version of a gunslinger. Dig it.

Another Jedi means lightsabers and hilts for accessories. Let’s face it, it would be really odd if there was a blaster in there. Ahsoka comes with a pair of lit and a pair of unlit sabers, one a little shorter than the other. I’m not a faithful Clone Wars watcher, but they look more or less screen accurate from what I can tell. I have heard a few complaints that the blade color is a little off, and should be more yellowish, but honestly I’m not that picky. As long as they’re not completely wrong (i.e red, blue, purple) then I’m not going to throw a tantrum. The hilts look bad ass on her belt, and the sabers look deadly in her hands. All around, a decent job on the sabers.

Like the majority of Star Wars Vintage Collection figures, Hasbro has done well with the articulation on this figure. Ahsoka is a young Jedi, so you want her to be flexible. Neck, arms, legs, etc. are all pretty much there. About the only things I can think to say that is lacking is ball jointed hips. Other than that, Ahsoka is more than capable of achieving a good number of Jedi action poses. The only drawback is the (sadly) fairly standard unpainted joint problem, highlighted most notably on Ahsoka by the pink/salmon color popping through the back of her knees. Sadly, this is a problem on a lot of joints. Not a huge drawback from an otherwise well-made figure, but definitely a blemish on an otherwise great line of figures.

There are a lot of people out there that don’t like the idea of exclusives in general, particularly online only exclusives. Having a whole wave of them… well, at least it was a well-packed case. Thanks to Amazon, most of these figures have been fairly available at a more-or-less “retail” cost, including Ahsoka. Some have even dropped down to $5 or less, although I don't see that happening with this particular figure. If you’re a fan of the Clone Wars, Ahsoka, or Jedis in general, this figure is worth picking up.