Hot Toys Star Wars: Yoda (Prequels) Sixth Scale Figure Review

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After a quiet start to the year for us Star Wars sixth scale collectors, things are moving along and picking up! In the last little bit, I’ve acquired the Hot Toys Darth Maul, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Count Dooku.  The prequels are getting great representation this year and it’s continuing on with Yoda as he appeared in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.

Full disclosure: I wasn’t the biggest fan of how Yoda looked as a CGI character when the movies came out.  There was always something that didn’t sit well with me.  Perhaps it was because I was so accustomed to the puppet representation from my childhood.  I was so happy with Yoda’s appearance in The Last Jedi because he reverted to his puppet visage.

Like usual, I have a video embedded at the end from my YouTube channel for those of you who want to don’t like to read.  I do mention some points in this feature I didn’t in the video because I shot the video first and did the pictures later, allowing me to play around with the figure more.  I take the opportunity to do the vids when I can with my busy career and home life.

The box for this Hot Toys figure shouldn’t surprise any one at this point.  It’s the usual stuff, but there’s a little slip band around the bottom of the box to spice things up.  I think it’s pretty cool to see the Clone Troopers faintly on it, too.

After taking the figure out of the box, I had to sit in disbelief again about how small Yoda is.  He measures about 5 1/2″ tall.  Although I have the Hot Toys Yoda from The Empire Strikes Back in my case and look at him often, I just keep forgetting how tiny he is in comparison to the other figures.  Then again, they’re keeping him in scale so it makes sense.  It’s just funny how I forget about the size of Yoda when I’m not constantly changing his pose in my cabinet.

I’m happy to say that the articulation on this guy works well.  He doesn’t have the loose legs like the ESB Yoda had.  One thing I didn’t mention in the video was how the pants actually hinder the legs from moving forward or backwards.  It’s a bummer because when I go over how you can pose Yoda on the included stand to make it look like he’s in the air, you’ll see his legs can’t be posed as dynamically as they were in the pictures on Sideshow’s website.  Besides that issue, all the joints work well.

The outfit is pretty basic on this figure.  He has his robe and his under suit and that’s pretty much it.  The robe is plain but stitched up well.  You can’t place the hood over Yoda’s head, so having it lay flat is a bonus.  The under suit is just “there” and there’s a belt that you could remove if you wanted to.  I’m happy there are no rips or tears anywhere on the clothing.

One thing to mention is there is wiring around sleeves and the bottom of the robe so you can play around with it to give it the flared look you desire and making sure the robe and sleeves sit just right depending on the pose you want.

The portrait is really good.  Although I’m not the biggest fan of the CGI look, this sculpt captures Yoda’s appearance perfectly.  His expression makes him look bored.  Either that or he’s really attentive. I wish we got a second portrait with a more aggressive look for when we want to pose him in battle.

The paint application on this figure is great.  The wash really helps accent the wrinkles on the figure.  Even the detail and various paint used within the ears showcase the fine attention to detail we’re used to.  I’m also happy with how the pupils are painted on this figure.  It’s good to see he’s looking forward!

The figure features some rooted hair and while he does have more than the ESB Yoda, you still have to be careful when touching the head because you don’t want any to fall out.  The instruction book makes it clear not to touch it or to try and brush it.  I’m not sure why anyone would want to brush Yoda’s hair, but I’ve seen stranger things.  Overall, it adds to the overall realism of the figure.

 

Yoda comes with four extra hands, which brings the total to six.  I’m really surprised that he only comes with one additional left hand! He has the one he comes with attached and one to hold the lightsaber hilt.  Speaking of holding the lightsaber, I wish the hands that hold the hilt were closed just a tad more.  I find they don’t hold the hilt as tightly as I’d like.

There are also two additional feet with his toes curled a bit.  These are included so you can get his “in air” poses to be film accurate if you choose to use the included stand.

Of course Yoda comes with his trusty lightsaber! Hilt fanatics will gush over this one looking to see if it’s 100% screen accurate.  I think it’s a great representation, although I find there are a few black smudges on mine.  I’m going to contact Sideshow to see if I can get a new one because it looks like something happened with the paint before it dried.

The hilt can have the regular lightsaber blade inserted or you can use the swinging blade that has also come with many Jedi and Sith over the past few years from Hot Toys.

One other cool thing about the hilt is how it attaches to Yoda’s belt/side.  The hilt is magnetic and attaches to another magnet on Yoda’s left side.  It holds very well and it was quite the surprise when I noticed that was how this is held in place.  What a great idea!

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Yoda comes with two lightsaber effects that attach to the hands he comes packed with.  These things look great and fit firmly into his fingers.  I didn’t have an issue with them falling out when posing the figure and I’m surprised with how secure they are.  I’m thinking I’ll be posing Yoda in my cabinet with one of these coming from one hand and holding the lightsaber with the other.

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When the force lightning effects are attached, they look marvelous!

While this Yoda is equipped and ready to kick ass, if necessary.  We all know the many, many years of being a Jedi has taken a toll on our friend so it’s only fitting that he comes with a walking stick.  It sure looks a lot better than that old cane he uses in The Empire Strikes Back.

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While many will probably have Yoda in some kind of action pose (like myself), Yoda does look really good posed with the cane.

The base of the stand that comes with Yoda is the standard we’ve gotten with so many other figures.  There are no other place mats that you can put on the base to change it up like we’ve seen with some other figures.

The thing that makes this stand different is the flexible rod and clasp that comes with it so you can place Yoda up in the air to mimic his battle scenes in the films.  It works well and can hold Yoda in place without worry of falling or the base tipping over.  You’ll need a small screwdriver to tighten the clasp at the level you want.

I think it’s a no brainer for me having Yoda posed in the air in my cabinet, especially when Hot Toys didn’t include a small version of the regular stand.

For those wanting to see the prequel version of Yoda beside the previously released Yoda from the classic trilogy from Hot Toys, here you go! Make sure to also check out the review I did of that figure if you missed it.

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For your viewing pleasure (and because I had a lot of fun taking these pictures), here are a few more shots for you all.

There’s not too much to hate about this figure.  I wish the pants didn’t make the legs as restrictive and we got a second portrait for the price we paid.  I know I can’t dwell on what we didn’t get, especially when I knew what was included when I ordered.  I think many people will enjoy this figure in hand and have a ball putting him in various poses.  Those of you that have a Count Dooku will probably set up some amazing battle scenes.  I should get on that!

Enjoy the video!

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