Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Review: Star Wars VC51 Barriss Offee

Yes, this figure came out a while ago, as part of the Attack of the Clones wave. But, it’s still hitting shelves at discount chains (Five Below, Tuesday Morning, even Amazon) across the country. Maybe $10 sounded like a bit too much for you, but what about half that? If you’re still on the fence, read on to find out if this incarnation of Barriss Offee is worth the price.

This particular figure came with the Darth Maul contest sticker on the packaging. If you picked Barriss Offee up back in the AOTC Vintage Collection wave, I believe she had a different sticker (Boba Fett offer) or possibly no sticker at all. Personally, I love the look of the Vintage Collection packaging, so I peel the stickers off of mine. Thankfully, I have yet to have any difficulty removing them. The classic look loses a little something with a Darth Maul sticker, but to each his (or her) own.

Like most of the Star Wars Vintage Collection, the sculpting on Barriss Offee is more or less great. The face sculpt/paint is pretty amazing. Good detail on the face and the hands, in the black diamond patterns. The cloth pattern on the upper torso looks nice, as does the belt buckle. The boot and the rest of her bottom half are fairly well sculpted, particularly considering they’re hidden under the soft goods skirt.

Barriss Offee comes with the standard Vintage Collection accessories for any Jedi, that being her lightsaber in both lit and unlit form. The hilt looks to be more or less screen accurate and the blade is the correctcolor. The unlit hilt has a peg that fits snuggly in the hole on her belt, and the lit version has a hilt that fits fairly well in either one or both hands. Nothing amazing here, but what else do you need? The accessories really fulfill expectations, so well done Hasbro.   

Articulation is the one area where you run into some issues. Like the rest of the Star Wars Vintage Collection, Barriss Offee features most all the points of articulation you could ask for. Some of the sculpting choices, unfortunately, what would otherwise be primo articulation. For me, the hood is what really puts a damper on things. While it looks good, it really limits the movement of her head. Since you can’t move the head much, all those cool action poses that the rest of the articulation allows for just end up looking odd. I know Jedis have mad skills, but even a Jedi needs to be looking where they’re going.

Amazon currently has a bunch of Star Wars Vintage Collection figures on the cheap, and Barriss Offee is one of them. If you don’t have her yet, she’s well worth the $4.99 it’ll cost you. Add on a few other of the cheap figures, and you’ll be up to the $25 free shipping threshold in no time!