“ Manufacturer: Hasbro / Age: 4 Years+ „
Do you remember Imperial officer Wullf Yularen from A New Hope? For sure not! He first appeared in Episode IV, but as an unnamed character, a member of Death Star personnel. Well, in fact as a background for more important people. His name was introduced many years later in Star Wars Card Game (they just needed more characters to make that game interesting). Finally, Yularen became a full-time hero of Clone Wars TV show. Welcome on board, Admiral!
The figure has only ten articulation points: neck, shoulders, wrists, elbows, waist and legs. Definitely there should be more! Yularen doesn't have any movable parts below his pelvis, so the figure is extremely inflexible. Forget about dynamic fights. And about chairs. You will even have a big problem to stand it without additional accessories. Disappointing thing, Hasbro!
The toy is quite similar to its counterpart from TV screen, but it has only a basic sculpt and unattractive paint application. It looks like old Star Wars figures from last century. Wullf's regular military uniform is simply boring... There are also no soft parts, only plastic ones. The Admiral is equipped with standard small blaster and removable (nice idea!) holster. Anyway, the only funny feature in this toy is a fair communication table. You can put a transparent Obi-Wan Kenobi hologram on it and play some briefing scene. The table is also useful when you must lean the figure against something (I recommend a stand, though).
It is not a good action figure. I know, this is a part of the Clone Wars history (and in general: the part of the Star Wars universe), so you may want to buy it, but there is really nothing special here. The next version should be carefully thought out.
The first time around in 1977, Kenner failed to make a Wulf Yularen toy. At the time of the film, names of Imperial Officers were not that important. It was not until a resurgence in popularity in the mid nineties, that the names of generals started to circulate amongst fans. A few years more down the line, action figures finally arrived. Yularen comes from the Clone Wars collection, so he has a vague cartoon look about him, as opposed to the classic look Hasbro figures.
He stands about four inches in height and is one of the bad guys. The outfit is smart and official looking but the colours are incorrect. In the actual film his outfit is not really green, I am quite sure it is more of a beige/white colour. For the purpose of this Clone Wars figure, he is in a green suit and a pair of Gestapo esque boots, shiny and knee length.
Facially the figure is not right either, as in the film his hair is not as brown. It appears the toy has been made to look younger, maybe to incite younger kids to buy it. From a play point of view this is okay, but from a fan's point of view, it is not that pleasing that the look has been changed.
He can be posed at the head, arms and legs and some added value is provided by the holgram image and a blaster weapon. The holgram looks cool and the image on it looks futuristic and this is a neat add on. In terms of packaging, again I am not that keen on the red and white colour scheme which fails to scream Star Wars to me, I prefer the traditional black packages.
On the plus side, this is a chance to own an unsual character and he has been well made, despite the inaccuracies. Expect to pay about five to seven pounds for a boxed version.