Hasbro 2003 Preview
ATTACK OF THE CLONES
Notice the size of Jedi Master Coleman Trebor, as he towers over the other figures, standing on his Geonosian base.
Padm? Amidala (Secret Ceremony) comes with a bouquet of flowers and a secial background base of a Naboo balcony. Presumably this would have connected to a similar base with Anakin, but for some reason he doesn't have such a base packed with him.
Leader of the Techno Union, Wat Tambor is another fan-favorite character that fans have been calling for. He also comes with a display base, and his holographic ship is detachable and can be used on the battlefield table from the Geonosian War Room Screen Scene set.
WA-7, the waitress droid from Dexter's Diner, also includes a display stand, although whether it connects to anything else is not yet known.
The Jedi Padawans Ashla, Jempa, and Chian will include removable helmets and training lightsabers. Yoda will come with his walking stick and his hoverchair, as seen in the carded sample.
Rounding out the new figures from the film, is a pair of space travelers with a special connection to the films. Achk Med-Beq and Lt. Danni Faytonni are based on actors Ahmed Best (better known as Jar Jar Binks) and Anthony Daniels (the actor behind the mask of C-3PO). Each figure includes a blaster, a drink glasss, and a bar table with a base from the Outlander Club. While the bases do not connect to each other, do not be surprised to see a Screen Scene of the Outlander Club in the future.
Also announced but not shown were Bail Organa and Passel Argente.
The Snowtrooper (The Battle of Hoth) does not appear to be much different from the POTF2 version, although the stance is somewhat improved, and he will come with a firing E-Web heavy repeating blaster.
As announced last week, Han Solo (Hoth Rescue) will come with in both a blue coat and a brown coat version, in answer to fans on both sides of the debate. Only the blue was on display, and word has it this is the first version that will reach shelves later this summer.
RETURN OF THE JEDI
Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker (Throne Room Duel) shown just how far Hasbro has come in capturing the likenesses of both characters. Both figures are meant to contain the last of the "action features" for 2003, as they will be able to swing their lightsabers at each other. Luke will also include a section of the railing which presumably would connect to the rumored Emperor's Throne Room playset.
Speaking of the Emperor, this figure is a huge improvement over earlier versions. Palpatine will come with his walking stick as well as a pair of lightning bolts to shoot at his enemies.
Also revealed but not on display are plans for two different Imperial Dignitaries, which will be able to "switch parts" in some way, presumably something to do with the bases.
The Jango Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi Kamino Showdown have interacting bases that the figures can climb on, cling to, and even known down. Jango can be launched onto a column where the magnets in his arms allow him to cling to the column, while the missile from his backpack can be fired at his opponent. Meanwhile, a rain-slicked Obi-Wan can force-push a piece of debris courtesy of an air hose that is activated by pushing down his column. Both of these figures were originally mentioned at Celebration II last year, which shows just how long it takes for toys to get into the hands of collectors. The good news is that we don't have much longer to wait.
The Dwarf Spider Droid will feature a firing missile and a wind-up action feature that will enable it to crawl on its own. The fact that it is missing its feet seems to have been lost on the designers, as no one knew what I was talking about when I mentioned it.
Finally, the Super Battle Droid Builder is a nifty toy that will enable fans to mold the body of the droid onto a skeletal droid frame. The resulting sculpt is a bit fragile and will not hold up to rough play. Good thing there is plenty of Quick-Steel compound to make more. The mold-maker itself is designed to continue the ever-expanding Droid Assembly Line, which began with the Geonosian Battle Arena last year.
The first scene is based on the Jedi High Council, and features a new, fully-articulated Mace Windu alongside Jedi Masters Even Piell and Oppo Rancisis. Oppo Rancisis steals the scene as one can't help but notice the bendable rubber snakelike body wrapped around the chair, something that has been wondered about ever since he first appeared in The Phantom Menace. The trio are focused on a small hologram of Obi-Wan Kenobi. There are two movable chairs in this set, and the floor is designed to connect to other sets. While there are only two sets due for 2003, there may be others should these sell well.
The Geonosian War Room was the last scene shown and was perhaps the most exciting, since it features Poggle the Lesser, a fan-favorite character. Poggle is joined by his fellow Separatists San Hill and Count Dooku, who is holding a hologram of the Death Star. There will be a second set containing the other half of the hologram battlefield table, but there is an interesting additional feature. The hologram of a Techno Union starship that is included with Wat Tambor is detachable and can be placed on the holographic battlefield found in this scene. Additional War Room carded figures will include such accessories in the future, possibly Passel Argente.