i received the new anakin and padme today from the UPS man, and after taking them out of their boxes, i looked them over for about 5 minutes and then began the process of pulling their heads and clothes off.
the barbie body she comes with is just horrible. it has no pose-ability, and is so skinny it makes her head look even bigger than it really is. i swapped it out with a LOTR arwen body and it is much better. i thought i'd never get the hands through the sleeves, and i'm amazed i didn't tear the fabric, and the shirt was too short, so it had to be sewn to her pants! this is an OK likeness of natalie portman, a lot more accurate than the previous padme "dolls". the head should of been a lot smaller, but is no where near as big as the prototype photos we saw.
if hasbro had used their jane body on this figure, along with a smaller head with molded hair and not painted her face so pale, it would of been a 100% better. i'll probably get another padme when they come out at retail so i can make the "ripped" shirt version, just because i'm a sucker
anakin comes with the same body as the european exclusive luke skywalker with "saber swinging" action. but this feature, which is actually just a post on anakin's lower back is useless since his clothes are so bulky.
i pulled anakin's head off and put it on a spare blue box body i had because the skin tone matches well, and the GI Joe body is just too short. again, hasbro included the orange undershirt that just looks horrible, so i replaced it with a "defense of naboo qui-gon" shirt and it looks much better.
the removable arm on the anakin figure is fairly useless since it pops out at the slightest tug, so having anakin on a newer, better articulated body is a big plus, and the loss of use of the mechanical arm is no big deal.
this version of anakin dosen't sport as huge a mellon as the previous anakin, but isn't as good a likeness(not that the first release was so great). as good as the jango and dooku
sculpts are, this sculpt is a big let-down. and i'm not too crazy about a second anakin in his jedi garb. this means we'll probably get yet a third version if/when the anakin/swoop bike are released.
overall, these figures leave a lot to be desired. only stinkers like all three chewbaccas and the original vader keep these two new figures from claiming the title of "worst figures ever" (without modifications). with the changes i made to better bodies, my opinion of these figures increase a bit, but they could of been so much better.