Special guest review for The Vintage Collection? That's right! This week I'm looking at my TJ Maxx haul, starting with Anakin Skywalker (Peasant Disguise). Is he worth adding yet another Anakin to your collection?
TVC32: Anakin Skywalker (Peasant Disguise)
Accessories: shawl, lightsaber
Articulation: ball joint head, shoulders, elbows, knees, ankles; swivel waist, hips and wrists
Now, we all know that I'm not much of a Vintage collector. But when I see any new figure for only $5, I go for that. What I do for our reviews. The wave was pretty hard to find at retail: I only ever saw the wave once, and not in its entirety. TJ Maxx was the first time that I saw this Anakin and Zam in the wild: other than the Obi-Wan and Super Battle Droid I hadn't even seen the rest outside of K-Mart. If you want this figure, any from the wave or even remotely interested, five dollars is a great deal. They also have Sandtroopers and caped General Grievouses.
Anakin has the normal super articulation that we've come to love: ball joint everything but hips, wrists and waist. His hands are sculpted oddly, though. I can't really describe it, but they weren't made to hold lightsabers. One looks like a Force push hand, but you can still get a saber in there. His sculpt doesn't look too bad, it's more or less on point as the other Anakins we have been getting lately. His sculpt is really nice: where he wears the poncho, you'd think that he would be completely underdone. This is completely inaccurate: not only is he decorated, but he is very delicately decorated. You're gonna find that quite surprisingly and you'll almost want to display this figure without his poncho.
His poncho is necessarily bad: it's actually decorated very well. It looks real and it even has the bunches sewn in that he had in the movie. It is a very nice touch that I don't think anybody had expected. The only problem? It doesn't stay flush, it hides his arms and it kinda hovers on his shoulders covering most of his body and it even starts to intrude upon his head. Maybe some water would help? I haven't tried.
In the end: it's a great figure, definitely up to usual par articulation wise and the detailing is excellent.
Review by: Chris Wermeskerch
Image courtesy of Bantha Skull: Anakin Skywalker Photo Archive (Love, Rebs)