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Name: Anakin Skywalker
Series: Star Wars Transformers
Allegiance: Jedi Council
Function: Jedi Master
Alternate Mode: Jedi Starfighter

Thanks to Goktimus Prime for loaning me Anakin for this review



STARFIGHTER MODE
Height: 7cm Length: 17cm Width: 16cm

   A grey space fighter with extensive yellow markings. This is the type of fighter we see Anakin and Obiwan Kenobi flying in the opening scene of Star Wars Episode III. For those unfamiliar, it's a twin hulled single-pilot jet with panels rising above and below the wingtips with a cockpit at the back, between the wings. The yellow is prominent on the hulls and the panels on the wingtips, with a few yellow paint applications in other locations. There's some black detailing under the panels and on the portside wing the top half of R2D2 sticks out - complete with white, blue and silver. R2D2 is fixed but still recognisable. The cockpit has transparent windows and grey inside, rounding out a reasonably detailed and coherent colour scheme, which isn't especially inspiring but still works.

   There are some nice details on this jet, such as the seat inside the cockpit - complete with headrest. There are legs underneath the hulls which are nicely sculpted, and they can fold away for flight. There are no rear legs as such, rather a bump underneath the cockpit, but it stands fairly well so I'm not complaining. There are silver missiletips sticking out of the wings near their bases, which are the hilts of the robot mode's lightsabres.

   The rounded canopy lifts up to reveal a convincing cockpit and a brown figure which represents Anakin Skywalker fairly well - complete with a black glove on his left hand. He's too tall to sit in the seat with the canopy closed, which is really quite annoying, since it could easily have been avoided with just a little care. R2D2 is fixed, so Anakin and his cockpit represent most of the play value here. There are well concealed triggers on the front of the wings which fire the missiles. They're well designed - not hard to fire but hard to fire by accident. The light sabres don't make great missiles, but the launchers are well designed even if the projectiles don't travel very far. You can fold up the legs for a flight mode, as I've already mentioned.

   A decent starfighter, and while the colours are uninteresting, they do what they need to do. The design of the mini Anakin figure is very lazy but as with most Star Wars Transformers, the level of detail is very good. This is easily the toy's better mode.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Fold away the wing plates and legs. Open the canopy, remove the mini Anakin. Flip up the back of the cockpit to reveal the robot head, you can fold the seat down and place the mini figure inside again if you like. Slide the front of the cockpit in and close the cockpit. Fold the legs down from underneath, fold the wings down and underneath (taking the hulls with them). Extend the legs, rotate the waist, rotate the boots, flip up his feet. Fold the back of the cockpit down onto his back, pull the arms out from within the sides of the chest (cockpit), give him the light sabres and you're done.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 17.5cm Width: 9cm

   A mainly grey robot with some yellow here and there, brown on the boots, a black left hand, black shoulders and the transparent canopy on his lower torso. The distinctly robotic face is silver and the helmet is gold, while the eyes are blue. The face doesn't especially look like Anakin's, although it does look like it's meant to be human. The colours are a little muddled, and while the black hand is a nice idea, it just breaks things up further. It's not a bad colour scheme, but not a cohesive one either.

   The wings are very bad kibble, dominating from the back and pulling this thing over. It's hard to find a pose where it doesn't want to fall backwards. Terrorcon Blot & Autobus Prime point out that the wings can actually clip in - while this does keep them stable, it doesn't help the figure's stability much. The potbelly shaped cockpit doesn't look so good, and I would have preferred an actual robotic head to this head which wants to be human but just looks like a robot that wants to be human.

   Robot Anakin has good articulation but poor poseability, since the poses usually just fall over backwards. The head is fixed - it doesn't look like it needs to be while the waist rotates for transformation, which fails to translate here since the canopy will open when you rotate the waist. The shoulders swing and lift out to the sides while his elbows hinge inwards and the wrists are ball joints. The hips swing and lift out to the sides while the knees and ankles are hinged and there are rotators just above the knees. The heelspurs are not very big for a toy with so much backpack, and he really needed something better here. In theory you can strike some cool light sabre wielding poses, in reality you'll find the pose and then spend 5 minutes trying to find a way to keep it upright.

   A robot mode that's clearly second fiddle to the vehicle mode. The arms are good, the legs could have been good if not for the useless heelspurs and the transparent blue light sabres do look cool. The head and torso just don't work and the kibble on his back is flat out ruinous here. I can't see too much scope to improve the torso, but the lack of heelspurs really hurt and the head should have been done as a robot rather than this weird halfway attempt.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of, although Anakin was repainted as Obiwan Kenobi, Mace Windu and Darth Vader (which represents the same character, anyway).

OVERALL

   Well, it's a decent starfighter mode, if not an especially exciting one, with some good details such as R2D2 and the clever triggers on the launchers. The transformation is lazy, with the wings folding back as huge pieces of kibble while the limbs fold out of storage. The robot mode is a bit of a mess despite good articulation. It's unstable, the wings just float there looking awkward and the head looks terrible. With some extra effort on the robot mode, this could have worked fairly well despite the lazy transformation, but as things stand this is a weak toy which works only in vehicle mode (and that doesn't really offer much to a Transformer fan on its own) - 3.5/10

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