Posted by Curto on December 12, 2004 at 02:30 AM CST
The circle is now complete! The Jedi High Council concludes its session in our Photo Archives today, after nearly two years of waiting.


It all began with in 2003 with Saga's Jedi High Council (1 of 2) which featured all-new figures of Mace Windu, Even Piell & Oppo Rancisis from Attack of the Clones. The modular base hinted at the potential of building the complete scene, and getting figures based on the Jedi High Council from the first two prequel films. The addition of articulated legs and soft goods skirt allowed figures to sit in the chairs, and extra attention to detail was evident in Oppo's extra arms (although it is really Yarael Poof who should have them, but I digress...) and Obi-Wan's hologram.


In Jedi High Council (2 of 2), there were another trio of all-new figures Yarael Poof, Depa Billaba, and Yaddle, this time from The Phantom Menace. Yaddle's chair was an altered version of one that originally came with the Episode I Yoda figure, and it fit in perfectly with the scene.


Then, in 2004, Jedi High Council Scene 1 from The Phantom Menace was released as part of the Original Trilogy Collection packaging design, but not the OTC logo. As with most of the OTC line, The figures were all repacks of previously released figures, although a few changes were made. Yoda and Qui-Gon Jinn were pretty much straight repacks, while Ki-Adi-Mundi was altered to include soft goods and knee articulation. The hidden pouch under his skirt was a nice touch. The numbering also started over in the new scenes, although the same modular base and chairs from 2003 were included. An addition of a center floor section was added, and it fit perfectly onto the base.


Jedi High Council Scene 2 was a better set, figure-wise. While Obi-Wan Kenobi was the same figure from a previous release, Plo Koon was given a soft goods skirt and knee articulation. Eeth Koth is an all-new figure, except for the head. This set is based on characters from The Phantom Menace, although Eeth Koth did not have that outfit in the film, and technically, this isn't even Eeth Koth, but more on that later...


With today's update, we continue with Jedi High Council Scene 3 from The Phantom Menace. Adi Gallia has been given knee articulation and a soft goods skirt, Anakin Skywalker is much dirtier this time around, and Saesee Tiin has a soft goods skirt, but no knee articulation. The base and chairs are the same as earlier releases. The center floorpiece is different from the previous two sets, but only so that it fills in the other half of the section.


The final addition Jedi High Council Scene 4 is supposed to be from Attack of the Clones. It includes an altered Shaak Ti, but this particular figure has an assembly problem because her waist is backwards. Fortunately this is hidden by the soft goods skirt. Then there are the other two figures...

First of all, a little background: Stass Allie and Agen Kolar aren't even on the Jedi High Council in Attack of the Clones, although both characters are reported to be on the Council in Revenge of the Sith. The characters exist because different actors were hired to play Adi Gallia and Eeth Koth. Since Star Wars fans love to scrutinize every little detail and surely would have noticed this, new names were created for the new actors' appearances. It has since been revealed that Eeth Koth died at Geonosis, and Adi Gallia participated in an aerial battle in the skies above.

Back to the figures: "Stass Allie" is simply a minor repaint of Adi Gallia from Scene 3, with a differently styled skirt. "Agen Kolar" is just a repack of the previous Eeth Koth figure, and actually, since this is his outfit, he should be named that way. Technically, this is Eeth Koth (again) and the figure from Scene 2 is Agen Kolar. So just swich them around in your scene if you wish to have a more accurate scene.


But the fun part of this series is building the Jedi High Council itself, isn't it? So let's take a look at the progression of the scene over the past two years...




And finally, here it is! The completed Jedi High Council in all its glory! Whatever names the figures may have been given, whichever characters may be missing from the series (where's Coleman Trebor?), and however inaccurate the outfits may be (no cloaks?), just seeing the completed circle of the Jedi High Council at long last is exciting.



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