One set of Star Wars figures you can never have too many of are Jedi
Masters. Well, and bounty hunters of course. But everyone
loves Jedi, and Hasbro has provided two more of the members of the
Neither Saesee Tiin or Plo Koon had big parts - they're 'blink and
you'll miss them' characters - but now when the actors who portrayed these
aliens show up at the comic conventions to do signings, you'll have a
cardback for them to scratch their John Hancock upon.
I picked up both at Wal-mart, $5.86 each although they were marked
$6.74. Word is they are also showing up at Target, and should be
hitting Toys R Us soon.
Packaging - **
Same package, different day. God, I think I've already said that
before. Deja vous is setting in...
Articulation - ***
Both figures have decent articulation for this scale. Saesee has 7
points - neck, shoulders, waist, hips, and the left arm has a cut joint
for swinging that saber.
Plo Koon has him beat though with 8
points. He has cut joints on both arms, allowing him to have quite a
few interesting poses. This is a step up for Hasbro, and I have to
say I'm pleasantly surprised.
Of course, the solid robes make the use of
the waist and hips pretty much useless, and these robes are almost
impossible to remove. Even if you could, the arms would no longer
match up. I suppose Hasbro figures you can't have it all.
Jedi's only need one thing - their light saber. Both characters have
one, nicely sculpted, that fits in their hand nicely. The arm joints
make it possible for them to show off the sabers as well.
not talk about the stupid little pieces of paper that also comes with
these. I think I've made it clear just how worthless these are in past
Occasionally Hasbro gets it right, and on both these figures the head
sculpts are fantastic. I am particularly impressed by Plo Koon, but
Saesee Tiin is also extremely well done. I wish they hadn't sculpted
the robes to make them so impossible to remove, but the head and hand
sculpts make up for any other shortcomings.
Paint Ops - ***1/2
This is were you have to be careful. The paint operations on both
figures I picked up were great, but I did see quite a bit of variation in
Saesee Tiin figures. All the Plo Koons I've seen looked good, but
the amount of spray and color on Tiin's face varied tremendously.
At six bucks each, these are pretty much on target. Since Hasbro has
had a suggested retail price of a buck lower ever since they dropped the
Commtech chips, you'd think more retailers would follow along. I
think that only Wal-mart has dropped their prices so far though.
Overall - ***
for Plo Koon, ***1/2 for Saesee Tiin
We're up to, uh...six Jedi Masters? And I'm not counting Qui-Gonn,
Obi-Wan or Anakin. I was truly disappointed in Aurra Sing, but these
two figures prove once again that when Hasbro is on, they do a great
job. Aurra proved that when their off, they suck like a Hoover.