Aurra Sing

Two Star Wars reviews in a row - goes to show how much product is coming out again.  What with a couple new waves, several 12" figures, and rumors floating around about Episode II, the Star Wars info is on the rise once again.  

I picked this figure up at Wal-mart for $5.86.  Most retail outlets will be selling them for closer to $7, even though without the commtech chips they certainly aren't worth it.

Packaging - **1/2
Same stuff we've already grown used to.  It's attractive, but the thrill is gone.

Articulation - **
Aurra has the usual 5 points.  At this size, the number of points isn't bad, but knees and elbows would still be nice.

Accessories - *1/2
I was excited about the accessories - most of the newer figures have zero or few accessories, but Aurra had two, count them two, blasters.  Unfortunately, they didn't live up to my expectations.

It's not that the sculpt isn't decent - it is.  But these are the first Jello accessories I've seen.  They are the weakest, flimsiest blasters that Hasbro has managed to produce.  

Sculpting - *1/2
It's awfully weak.  Perhaps she's hard to capture, but even if the face wasn't too plain, the overall body just isn't...right.  With the oversized hands, the arms seem extremely long, the legs stubby, and the head small.  Just look at the picture of her on the cheesy little paper - where did the pin head come from?

Paint - **
Actually, the paint ops here are fine.  Everything is nicely done, but the dirt marks on the front of her uniform look like, well, dirt, and I'm not fond of that type of 'realism'.  I'd have much preferred if she had visited the dry cleaners since the picture was taken.

Value - **
If this figure was as good as some of the other recent releases, the cost of $5.86 would have made this a great value.  Unfortunately, it's not even worth the $5.86.  At least Wal-mart has listened to Hasbro and gone for the suggested retail.

Overall - **
I was really hoping that this figure would turn out better. The Chewbacca that came out with the same wave is far superior, and I'd recommend ignoring poor Aurra. I haven't picked up Plo Koon yet, and I still have high hopes that he will be all that he can be...

Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford

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