Packaging - ***
I like the red dust explosion on the card, along with the blue stripe on the side. While not as nice as the gold stripe Saga packaging, I think itís eye-catching and neatly done.
Sculpting - **
Look familiar? The head is the same exact one to be found on the Jedi Master Yoda, down to the paint ops. The body is similar, but the arms are done differently. The hands and feet are rather sloppy and look grotesquely sized.
Thereís a separately sculpted vest/bandolier over his chest, but the design just looks a little strange Ėalmost like ďOld West YodaĒ.
While the deluxe Saga Yoda is probably my least favorite of the newer Yoda sculpts, it still look better than the final effect of this one.
Paint - **
All I have to say is wow, and not in a good way. Thereís severe bleeding from the hands and feet onto his robes. Thereíre also green steaks on his butt for no reason. Thereís also quite a bit of bleeding on the belt and edges of his vest.
The yellow color of the vest also doesnít help his overall look. It looks more like some bandito poncho from an old Clint Eastwood western.
Articulation - **
Poor Yoda only gets four points of articulation: head, shoulders, and waist. Iím fine with the uni-leg, but I feel that the shoulder cuts are inadequate. Ball-joints would have been much better, as seen on the Jedi Master version.
Accessories - **1/2
Yoda only comes with two accessories: his hoverchair and lightsaber. The
hover chair is similar in design to the smaller one included with the Yoda and Chian on the top. Instead of sitting, Yoda stands on two pegs. The bottom ends in a flat tipped cone shape and has a radar dish off to one side. While it can sit on the flat tip with a little balance, the bottom splits open into four panels for easier balance. The
hover chair is really well done.
The light saber is really cheap. Itís a solid piece of plastic with really sloppy paint ops on the handle. The molded handle is only half painted. While variation collectors might want to jump all over this, I havenít seen any that are fully painted yet. Because of this, it looks like one of the cheapest sabers ever produced.
While the chairís a keeper, the bubble feels a little empty, especially with the substandard weapon.
Durability/Quality - **
Yodaís a little chunk of plastic. Thereí not much danger of him breaking anytime soon. The sloppy paint ops seem to be on every figure Iíve seen though, so thereíre going to be issues with his looks.
Value - **
Thatís assuming you pay around $5 for him. Frankly, heís just a polished, kit-bashed figure. Target currently has him for under five bucks.
Overall - **
I donít really like this look for Yoda. The hands are really oversized and donít look right. Itís also never a good thing to have a figure thatís at least 75 % recycled from another. If itís a repaint, itís a repaint. Basically, other than the
hover chair, I feel this figureís somewhat of a rip-off. If youíre a
completist or Yoda fan, youíll be picking him up regardless. Iíd just stick with the Jedi Master figure instead.