Packaging - **
There's nothing new here. This is the same POTJ packaging that we have
come to expect from Hasbro in the past year or so. And like the past POTJ
releases, this one comes with one of those cool little Force File cards.
This one is packed with interesting tidbits about Shmi: as a girl she was
captured by space pirates and sold into slavery, she can always sense when
Anakin is nearby, and after the pod race she learned that Watto hired an
assassin to take down Qui Gon. I wish this Force File would have clued us
in on how she got mysteriously knocked up with Anakin, but it doesn't.
Still, I like the
good 'ol Force Files (G'OFFs).
Sculpting - **1/2
The sculpt is adequate, but nothing out of the ordinary. Part of
this lies in the design of the character. Shmi is a rather drab looking
woman, not some cool alien podracer or Jedi. This is just a basic Shmi,
which beats and Expanded Universe Shmi as Jabba's Slave any day in my
book. The face looks like actress Pernella August.
Again, this is adequate. I don't know if I could have expected more
since the character's costume is so basic.
The articulation on this figure is kind of limited. There are
shoulder, elbow and waist joints, but not much else.
Shmi comes with a little gadget that looks like an intergalactic
cell phone. Not too much to get excited about here.
Value - **
I paid close to seven bucks for this figure. I guess that's the going
rate, but I felt that the value of Star Wars figures was much better when
they were around $5.00.
Overall - **1/2
This is a decent representation of a second tier Star Wars character. The
simple fact that she is Darth Vader's mom and Luke and Leia's grandmother
makes her a must have for all serious Star Wars collectors. But if you
just like the flashy cool looking characters, then I would pass on this
Where To Buy - I found this at Target. I haven't heard of this wave
showing up in any other "Bricks and Morter" stores yet, but I'm
sure they will in due time.