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JediTricks
10-25-2007, 04:56 PM
There, I've said it. I feel better now.

Recently, we were discussing what we'd start over with if something happened to our collections, and I realized my list had no Yoda on it despite there being several of the little green imp out there on pegs in recent memory, and I was totally fine with that.

It's not that I dislike the diminutive Jedi master, he's one of the most interesting characters of the OT, but all the versions we've gotten of him have been pretty underwhelming. Either the likeness is off or the scale is off or the articulation is wonky, but it's always something.

Maybe the problem is that the character's defined so much by his facial expressions that a plastic figure just can't really match that. Or maybe Yoda just isn't much of an action figure anyway, maybe the character is too ethereal to work as a toy.

bigbarada
10-25-2007, 05:14 PM
I liked the OTC Dagobah Yoda, but mainly when he's plugged into the backpack of the OTC Dagobah Luke.

But if you want the perfect Yoda, then just take the VOTC figure and stick the OTC Dagobah head on it. It makes all the difference in the world. The VOTC version had a great body and an excellent use of soft-goods, but the face was too goofy looking (probably trying too hard to mimic the "smiling" face of the vintage Yoda). The more stern and thoughtful expression of the OTC Yoda works so much better.

I do agree that every "action" Yoda has been pretty awful.

plasticfetish
10-25-2007, 05:19 PM
Or maybe Yoda just isn't much of an action figure anyway, maybe the character is too ethereal to work as a toy.You've probably nailed it right there.

I can't think back on ALL of the various Yodas that I've bought right now, but no, none of them scream out as being awesome figures. Even with the vintage Yoda when it first came out, I only picked it up because it was Yoda.

Probably why we'll always get a Yoda figure with some other item included to jazz the package up a bit. Be nice to get the VOTC version -- which wasn't bad -- with some more "stuff" from his hut. Heck, it'd be nice to get a modern Yoda playset I suppose.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
10-25-2007, 05:23 PM
I think that many of them have been good, but none have really been great. The same can be said about many characters in the line, really.

Devo
10-25-2007, 05:33 PM
The POTF2 Yoda probably had the best facial likeness. But since then they've had to scale him down in line with other figures so that head is a bit too big now - and because of the scaling down the details have had to become more minute and the paintjob is rarely as dead-on as you'd like.

My vote for best Yoda goes to OTC although I wish he was a bit more hunched over.

JediTricks
10-25-2007, 05:56 PM
I liked the OTC Dagobah Yoda, but mainly when he's plugged into the backpack of the OTC Dagobah Luke. I was absolutely intending to mention that one as my favorite Yoda, he's why I referred to limited articulation. He's also got a slightly creepiness to his eyes, but he's still my choice of closest to good.


But if you want the perfect Yoda, then just take the VOTC figure and stick the OTC Dagobah head on it. It makes all the difference in the world. The VOTC version had a great body and an excellent use of soft-goods, but the face was too goofy looking (probably trying too hard to mimic the "smiling" face of the vintage Yoda). The more stern and thoughtful expression of the OTC Yoda works so much better.The VOTC body IMO is too thin and too lost in that blanket he calls a robe. Plus, he's out of scale, like maybe 25% - so is the OTC version I suppose.


I do agree that every "action" Yoda has been pretty awful.The Michael Jackson is the worst, but why they keep releasing the one with the cannon is beyond me, who wants that thing?!?

Sinscia Fat'o
10-25-2007, 06:03 PM
I like the VOTC Yoda alot, (Which if im not mistaken is the one that came in the tin collection) Which is also a cool figure. Though the Kybuck yoda has to be my personal favorite, he's just cool sitting on the Kybuck, and he has decent articulation. Of course im not to picky when it comes to Yoda, one of personal favorite SW characters next to Fett and Kun.

mabudonicus
10-25-2007, 07:34 PM
Another vote for "correct but OTC Yoday is damn sweet"

AOTC Yoda is weird and goofy, TPM Yoda is just plain WRONG, and the others were not quite right either

I kinda wanted the VOTC one but I was SO satisfied with the almost NO articulation OTC one that I decided against it.
:beard: Iso & Baws

I like to put OTC Yoda in my swamp with my Carnivorous plants sometimes

El Chuxter
10-25-2007, 08:11 PM
Do I say, "Oh yeah? You suck!"?

Or do I pretend to be mature?

Kidhuman
10-25-2007, 08:21 PM
I like the VOTC Yoda alot, (Which if im not mistaken is the one that came in the tin collection) Which is also a cool figure. Though the Kybuck yoda has to be my personal favorite, he's just cool sitting on the Kybuck, and he has decent articulation. Of course im not to picky when it comes to Yoda, one of personal favorite SW characters next to Fett and Kun.

I would have liked the Kybuck Yoda better if they put a peg hole on his butt so he could sit on it instead of standing.


I prefer the VOTC Yoda over the rest.

orionlukteel
10-25-2007, 08:44 PM
You mean you don't like the animated Yoda?

I'm going to put that one on a kybuck (if I ever find another one, that is) for a nice change of pace.

There's just something about that version that makes him look a lot like Stewie.:thumbsup:

Kidhuman
10-25-2007, 08:47 PM
I never did get the animated figures from the CW cartoons.

I will say the EP1 Yoda is the worst of all time

Mad Slanted Powers
10-25-2007, 09:23 PM
I would have liked the Kybuck Yoda better if they put a peg hole on his butt so he could sit on it instead of standing.I just got that one yesterday. After seeing the peg on the saddle, I looked to see if he had a peg hole on his butt.

I think the problem with Yoda is that he is such a small character, it makes it hard to do decent articulation, especially in the legs. Add a soft goods robe and his little arms become hard to manipulate.

The new one with the Kybuck is decent. VOTC and OTC are both all right. The vintage one still holds up pretty well too I think. I didn't really care for the ROTS ones.

General_Grievous
10-25-2007, 10:16 PM
I liked the ROTS Yoda (the one with the cannon). Yeah. Call me crazy. And the Episode 1 figure is a good likeness of diarrhea puppet Yoda. Not so much a bad figure as much as it is based off of a bad design.

figrin bran
10-25-2007, 11:04 PM
You mean you don't like the animated Yoda?

I'm going to put that one on a kybuck (if I ever find another one, that is) for a nice change of pace.

There's just something about that version that makes him look a lot like Stewie.:thumbsup:

If we're talking about Clone Wars animated, I prefer the Gentle Giant CW bust up. I'm going to try customizing a kybuck so it looks more cartoony and have CW bust up Yoda riding on him.

As for realistic Yodas, while not perfect, I prefer VOTC over the other versions.

jedi master sal
10-26-2007, 01:17 AM
I'd say I prefer the VOTC one first then the OTC version.

stillakid
10-26-2007, 02:01 AM
When did the Over-the-Counter Yodas get released?

Kidhuman
10-26-2007, 07:09 AM
Since day 1 when they released him, never has been a prescription strength Yoda out there, hence most of them sucking

Qui-Long Gone
10-26-2007, 10:29 AM
I think the only Yoda figure to capture the best likeness is the POTF 3 pack Jedi spirits Yoda....even though it's not Green! Did they ever make that into a regular figure? The problem with Yoda figures will always be in the face....it strikes me that a figure so obviously puppet would be easy to fabricate as a toy, but somehow he keeps getting these Umpa Loompa-human features in his figures?


Part of Yoda's problem as a figure is that he was changed too much in the prequels....I mean by becoming too active: who cares that he's a berserker with the saber, his genius was in his mystery (WTF is up with this muppet living in the swamp?). Once Lucas made him an action figure his toys were forever doomed....

TheRealDubya
10-26-2007, 12:22 PM
I like the POTF2 Flashback one. That's my go-to Dagobah Yoda.

You almost need to have two categories in this discussion -- best OT Yoda and best PT Yoda. My favorite PT is hands-down the Kybuck Yoda.

TheDarthVader
10-26-2007, 12:56 PM
I would also have to go with the votc yoda as my favorite.

2-1B
10-26-2007, 07:05 PM
Vintage with Orange Eyes and Snake is the way to go.

Qui-Long Gone
10-27-2007, 01:45 PM
Agreed....that figure worked on so many levels...especially after you soaked the backyard garden with the garden hose to make a swamp....I think mine is burried still under some cabbage or something.....never did find it again.:(

Blue2th
10-27-2007, 03:07 PM
The VOTC Yoda is cool. Other than him the only other one I really like is the Flashback Yoda with hair, cooking pot, cane and that other acsessory that I don't know what the heck it is?
He's different enough from all the other Yodas to make him worth having. His head is a little bigger and better proportioned to his body, has a better more life-like skin tone than just plastic Prequel green, and little bristles of hair on the back of his head. Even his robes are a little less generic painted than most Yodas.
My favorite Yoda so far.

Devo
10-27-2007, 06:51 PM
Its the torch that R2 tries to wrestle off him.

Adam
10-28-2007, 02:28 AM
I like the VOTC Yoda alot, (Which if im not mistaken is the one that came in the tin collection)

The one from the tin set is the ROTS #3 with the Vintage Yoda's robe and walking stick. For the record, the "tin" one is my favorite.

jjreason
10-28-2007, 07:50 PM
Vintage with Orange Eyes and Snake is the way to go.

Word. I'm looking at mine right now, and he doesn't suck. Not even close. :love:

JediTricks
10-28-2007, 10:28 PM
You guys are WAY too generous.

2-1B
10-29-2007, 12:42 AM
No way JT, he's near perfect ! Only thing missing is his lightsaber. lol lol lol

jjreason
10-29-2007, 05:30 AM
And with the way he tuned up R2 with the gimer stick - he really never needed it anyhow. ;)

Blue2th
10-29-2007, 02:22 PM
Well here's Flashback and VOTC Yodashttp://forums.sirstevesguide.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=16234&d=1193682070

I think Flashback Yoda has a much better face sculpt.

Qui-Long Gone
10-29-2007, 07:24 PM
Agreed! With some more articulation I dare say the body sculpt is better too...What do you really need Yoda to do?

2-1B
10-29-2007, 07:45 PM
And with the way he tuned up R2 with the gimer stick - he really never needed it anyhow. ;)

Well stated !!!

He should have had that gimer when he threw down against Palpatine. :)