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The Star Wars Lego action figure series is fast becoming its own legacy. Although it has some way to go to catch up with the older Kenner and Hasbro range, the Lego figure universe is becoming more and more expansive. The figures are good fun for collectors like myself and also good for kids, who can add them to their convetnional Lego games.
Each Lego figure can be bought online for a snip, at about two pounds, meaning that they are affordable for all ages. This one is one of my personal favourites. The hunky Luke Skywalker in his Bespin fatigues. This is the outfit Luke wore while doing his Jedi training with Yoda.
The head is cute looking with an innocent looking face and a mop over brown hair. The hair colour is too dark though and should have matched Hamill's better. The eyes are nice though with little sad black dots gazing out at you. I don't recall him having freckles in the films though!
The colour of the costume is accurate and this is one of the highlights. The beige costume is offset with brown detailing on the torso to show the zipline and belt area. I feel this would have benefited from some detailing to show all the pockets, it is quite sparse as it stands.
The figure is about an inch in height and can be posed like any nomal Lego toy, at the head, arms and legs. He would be enhanced with some accessories and better costume detailing, but the basic facial design does compensate for these oversights. On the whole, a desirable little toy and definitely worth the price tag of a couple of pounds.
This little Lego character is one of many Lego characters from the Star Wars films that are available to buy individually, from various places such as amazon. Anakin Skywalker takes many forms as the films progress, but this version is the one that we meet in Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, as Anakin is still a child.
The figure itself has been cleverly altered compared to regular characters, in order to show that it's a kid we're dealing with here. Instead of the usual dual step legs, this has shorter legs, resulting in a shorter figure that makes it quite obvious that this is a child character compared to the rest.
Usually, the Star Wars characters have little difference in their structure, other than the artwork, and while there isn't a great deal of difference here in this way, the legs as well as the slightly bouffon haircut are difference enough. The hair is removeable, and what I like about Lego characters with removeable elements is the fact that they make them all interchangeable. This one fits on top of all other Lego characters with the regular single slot Lego head, and vice versa, Anakin can wear something else on his head!
The artwork itself is quite good, albeit simple. I remember from the film that Anakin generally wore a plain light brown outfit, and this is reflected in the artwork. Very plain, it keeps things simple, and while it's not the most eye catching and appealing Lego character, it's one that is perhaps not the most common, and has good resemblance to the character in the film.
I like the interactive element of the Lego characters in general, and when you place this alongside the other characters from the films, or even other random Lego characters, it fits in quite well, and can be played with quite happily. I like this one, and the fact that they have made it like the character with the short legs shows a bit of attention to detail has gone into it. The artwork is not great, but then the outfit in the film was rather bland as well, so no surprises there.
Overall, then, this is a recommendable Lego figure, with thought obviously gone into the construction of it, and the whole thing able to slot in with the other Lego figures, be it Star Wars or any other Lego characters. Lego have a good thing going with their film tie-ins, and this Star Wars character is a lovely one to add to your collection, or as a present for your kids. Generally, it's available for around the £2 mark, which is about standard for Lego Star Wars characters, which can range from £1 to over £5, depending on how common the character is. Recommended.