The new Saga Collection figures from Hasbro are now hitting Targest and Wal-marts in quantity, as part of the new resets.  This series includes re-done figures of many past favorites, plus a little something extra - a mini holographic figure.

Now, I have no idea how the Star Wars line manages to continue with the majority of the product being figures we've gotten countless times before.  Oh sure, they improve them (most of the time), but really, how many Han Solo's do you really need?  Hasbro must be thinking the same thing, and came up with a new idea to pack in with these figures to add to the allure.

The holographic figures are a couple inches tall, and solid pieces with no articulation.  The are packed randomly with the Saga Collection figures, but you can see which one you're getting from the back.  No foolish blind packaging here.

Price on the figures didn't increase, at least not since the last time, and you can still pick them up for around $6.  I looked at the whole wave, but only picked up Barada.  I'm a sucker for aliens, and wanted to check out at least one of the holographic figures.

Packaging -  ***
I wasn't too impressed with the packaging - at first.  It's very retro, which seemed a little bland initially.  But the bubble is very sturdy, they are fairly small, and allowing you to actually see what holographic figure you're getting with each one gets Hasbro some extra points.  I also like the scenes placed on the cardback behind the figure, giving them a posed look inside the package.

Sculpt - ***1/2
One thing that Hasbro is doing with many of these re-done characters is improving the sculpts.  That's pretty evident here, as Barada gets a much sharper, more defined, and highly detailed visage.  Considering the scale, the amount of detail is quite impressive. He does have a display stand, but have no fear, for he stands just fine on his own.  His left hand is sculpted to hold his weapon, and the right hand can hold it as well - or perhaps an extra frosty mug of alien drink, when he joins the guys at the Cantina.  Everyone needs a last drink before taking a fateful barge ride.

Paint - ***
The paint work on the face is impressive, with some detail added even to the small teeth.  The work on the various packs on his belt and back is nice as well, but I could do without the wash used over the white shirt.  As usual, they went a little overboard, and it ends up detracting from the appearance a bit.

Articulation - **
Some of the new figures have new and improved articulation.  Poor Barada doesn't get that lucky.

He has neck, shoulders, waist and hips.  That's pretty limited, considering the treatment some of the other characters have received.  Fortunately, he can stand well, and he can point his blaster.  That's about it.

Accessories - ***
Barada has his blaster, and a display stand.  If that were it, he'd be lucky to get two stars in this category.  However, Hasbro went with the new holographic figure as well.

My Barada came with Darth Maul, although every one is packed randomly.  I saw Vaders and Yodas and Solos and Troopers and even more, all packaged with multiple characters.

The detail appears pretty good on these, although it's usually tough to tell with clear plastic.  Getting a good look at the details is tough without any paint.  The construction is good, but you'll want to be careful with those that have light sabers, as these were fairly thin.

Fun Factor - ***
Oh, he's not the most articulated, but kids will overlook that.  He's a nasty looking bad guy, perfect for destruction at the hands of Luke Skywalker or dad's lawnmower.

Value - ***
Perhaps it was just the shock of paying $10 for a Batman figure, but these are still under six bucks.  Add in the holographic figure - which is cool unless your one of the poor unfortunates trying to collect them all - and you get an above average value.

Things to watch out for - 
The holographic figures with sabers, like Vader or Maul, could end up getting broken, but that's about the extent of anything to be careful over.

Overall -  ***
Had this figure not came with a holographic figure, I wouldn't have felt compelled to buy him.  I won't be trying to get all the holo mini's though, so I picked up only the one I found most visually interesting - I skipped another Boba Fett or Han.  I feel sorry for folks trying to complete all the holo's, because I have my suspicions that it will get tougher over time, but Hasbro was kind enough to allow you to see what you're buying, removing any foolish purchases that could result in duplicate figures for you. 

Packaging - ***
Sculpt - ***1/2
Paint - ***
Articulation - **
Accessories - ***
Fun Factor - ***
Value - ***
Overall - ***

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