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The Star Wars: Clone Wars series of action figures from Hasbro feature the main characters from the 3D animated film and subsequent animated series (the later one) of the Clone Wars.
The Yoda of this series stands a tiny 3 inches (if that) and looks as thoughtful and concentrated as the Jedi master should. He holds in his right arm his green lightsaber we see him use the prequel trilogy and his left arm is used to launch projectiles, which is supposed to represent the Force Push move.
In the tiny amount of surface area on the guy there is quite a lot of detail put in. The Jedi cloak he wears flows off him pretty naturally a bit of time has been put into his face, making it look just like his 3D animated counterpart. Also to say, especially considering his size, he is surprisingly flexible, with a fair few joints, making him quite posable.
Fans of the series and the film would love this figure - it looks the part, and is great for recreating those famous battles with along with the rest of the set, but I never liked the art style myself, so I never found this toy appealing. The trilogy-version Yodas look the best in my opinion (and I would have loved to see the original 2D animated Clone Wars series put into action figures).
So, while not a toy for all fans of Star Wars, this will definitely appeal to those who have watched and liked the film.
Inconspicuous Yoda was one of the most powerful Jedi Masters in galactic history. Once a member of the Jedi High Council, after the devastating Clone Wars and the final doom of his Order, Yoda was force to live in exile. This figure is based on pre-Empire events from The Clone Wars TV series.
The toy has seven points of articulation: head, right shoulder, right elbow, right wrist, waist and ankles. Yes, there are only joints in the right arm. The reason is a projectile launcher placed inside the left arm. Our Yoda toy is able to shot "Force Blast" to your enemies. Any joints here were not an easy task to implement (the figure is really small!), so they simply gave up. As a result, the arm with launcher is totally static. It looks really stupid and is not funny at all.
The figure is very similar to its counterpart form the animated The Clone Wars series, what is an important advantage for fans. The paint application is well done. However, Yoda's eyes are totally broken. Master looks like wall-eyed. A Jedi robe is made of plastic and you cannot remove it. The small Master comes with his green lightsaber, a walking stick and a mentioned blue (wannabe Force Blast) projectile. The saber is dedicated to the right hand, the stick to the left (static) one. Because of some "stiffness" this figure is not pleasant to play with it. How to fight with a non-movable arm?
What can I say: this figure is very unsuccessful. Next Yoda action figures from Hasbro are noticeably better. They don't have an unnecessary launcher and you can find many interesting features in them (a soft robe for example).
The sheer amount of Star Wars toys is bewildering these days. There was a time when there was just a set of Kenner action figures back in the seventies. Then thanks to the new film in the nineties, Star Wars boomed all over again and the toy market became saturated. Hasbro took it upon themselves to produce a new batch of figures from the Clone Wars era, which is the animated side of Star Wars. There are dozens of figures in this range and one of my personal faves is the Jedi Master, Yoda.
Yoda made his debut in 'The Empire Strikes Back' and there was a Kenner toy produced, a satisfying little creature who had a cloth cape and a little plastic snake which sat around his neck. About twenty years or so on, this new Yoda takes the best bits from the original toy and improves on it further.
There is a great amount of detail on his face. His cross and serious expression has been captured very well and there is a good level of furrowing on his brow, suggesting he is old and wise. Yoda's cape and pants have been crafted well and the colour scheme is accurate too. He looks poised for battle and determined.
The figure can be moved at the head, arms and legs and Yoda can grip his green lightsabre in his dainty green hands. The figure might be quite small at just over an inch or so in height but he is in proportion to the rest of the figures in the range which is crucial.
Colletable packaging completes the toy, but the sting is the price. Yoda is quite hard to come by, so you will be looking at twenty pounds upwards for a new Yoda. A great display piece though and a must for collectors.
~~~ BACKGROUND INFORMATION ~~~
The new Star Wars Animated Clone Wars Movie (and the TV Series) has added yet more great storylines, locations, characters, creatures and vehicles to the ever-expanding Star Wars Universe. It has also introduced a whole new generation of younger fans to that Galaxy far, far away .....
~~~ HASBRO TOYS ~~~
Hasbro have been producing a wide range of Star Wars products for many years [from kids toys to adult collectables] and they have pulled out all the stops for the Animated Clone Wars range. Everything from the simple [but effective] packaging design to the quality of the toys themselves has been exremely well thought out and in my opinion the Clone Wars toys are some of Hasbro's finest to date.
The characters in the traditional 3.75" range look awesome ... and Jedi Master Yoda is an impressive addition to the collection.
~~~ YODA ACTION FIGURE (CLONE WARS) ~~~
In The Empire Strikes Back, Yoda famously said that "When 900 years you reach, look as good, you will not" !!! It was one of Yoda's many memorable quotes that has helped to make him into one of the most well loved characters from the entire Star Wars Saga. He may be 900 years old, he may be smaller than an Ewok but he is also one of the most powerful Jedi Masters of all time and as Yoda himself says "Size matters not" !!!
In the Animated Clone Wars Movie Yoda takes centre stage as both a Jedi Master and as a General in the Grand Army Of The Republic. The Clone Wars Yoda action figure fully captures the spirit of this well loved character ...
Master Yoda is dressed in traditional Jedi Robes (a brown tunic and trousers with a beige cloak) and comes with his trademark green Lightsaber and walking stick. Whilst the Lightsaber clearly demonstrates that he is a brave warrior it is the walking stick that reminds us that Master Yoda is almost 900 years old and is a respected teacher, mentor and member of the Jedi Council.
In addition to the Lightsaber and walking stick this action figure also comes with another accessory ... a Force Blast firing projectile ! This blue burst of Force Energy slots into a hidden slot in Yoda's sleeve and can be released with the press of a hidden switch. He may be small, but Master Yoda certainly has the edge in any battle !!!
Yoda's facial expression is fantastic ... he looks wise, he looks focussed and he looks every bit the legendary Jedi Master that he has become. With his Lightsaber in hand and his head held high he has the appearance of a mighty warrior but when stooped over his walking stick he radiates a sense of gentleness and wisdom.
Overall, this is an excellent action figure. The likeness to the character in the Clone Wars Movie is 100% accurate and with fully articulated joints Yoda can be posed in a variety of ways to recreate the action and adventure of the Clone Wars.
~~~ FINAL THOUGHTS ~~~
This action figure (as well as the other figures in the Clone Wars range) are very well designed, made and packaged and come with a range of great accessories.
However, retailing at an average of £8 the new Clone Wars figures are not cheap either ... and for younger children wanting to re-create the action and excitement of the Clone Wars the figures themselves could prove costly. Of course for some adult collectors the figure would be kept mint on a card but for "play" purposes I would suggest tracking down figures loose on sites such as eBay. I recently "won" several loose Clone Wars Clone Troopers on eBay the most expensive costing £2.99 and the least expensive for a winning bid of just 6p !!!!!
Worryingly, whilst writing this review, I noticed a link to amazon.co.uk on the dooyoo pages that featured this action figure selling at £24.57 ... there is no way on earth that this action figure should actually cost that much as it wasn't a limited edition figure and is still available from stores such as Toys 'R' Us. Infact, just last week I saw the Clone Wars Yoda action figure being sold in Asda (for £5.49) and in Tesco (for £5.99). So, as I mentioned above, Star Wars toys may be highly collectable and much sought after but it is really is worth shopping around as many great bargains can be found.
© jedimastergray73 --- 2009 ---
Step into The Clone Wars animated world with this articulated action figure based on the expressive - not to mention green! - anime character. With a furrowed brow and the look of complete concentration, this figure comes with a lightsaber and a firing force-blast projectile. Aim the projectile at your target and stage your own galactic battles.