I stopped by the TRU in WB, PA today after seeing these two sets for sale and...pause...actually in stock at Amazon.
I can't resist typing it...ready?....the circle is now complete. My wallet is now complete. Uhhh...feel completely ripped off?
Folks, why why why do we do this? I paid $39.98 plus our fine Keystone(tm) 6% sales tax to garner a complete floor and more CHAIRS for a council scene.
Let's go back to the summer of 2000. I ranted in these very forum pages about how the Episode one line messed up....didn't make this...screwed up that...and DIDN'T MAKE A JEDI COUNCIL. I figured(hah! bad pun!) I would see a TRU exclusive that very Christmas! A boxed set with all chairs and the floor, wrap around cardboard(Hey, Hasbro, ever try a plastic laminated thin cardboard backdrop? Better idea than the bound to be broken ones we got now, huh?), and all 12 members. Price the set at $75 bucks, include repacks to save on the cost(SAD, but true), and even make a point of cross selling the Naboo Qui amd Naboo Obi as well as an Anakin for placement in the Council. Steep price, but hey, I thought it could happen.
Well, now. I've paid $19.99 times SIX plus tax to get these, roughly $120 plus tax for resculpts I don't need etc, etc.
However, being the SW geek I am, it's still nice to have all 6 sets together now. For all my JUSTIFIED complaining, it's still kinda nice.
Scene 3- Anakin has the right look of "you're really getting me NEGATIVE WIZARD with these questions, ya shriveled up MUPPEt" on his face. The kid looks like he's so dirty, he's an extra from the Mary poppins Chimney scene! His hands turn, and he's got knee articulation...however, the clean spots facing out on his knees look STUPID, HASBRO. As a company, you really have a problem painting those peg joints, don't ya? Saesee is a kit bash of the Ep2 figure with some soft goods cloth....ok, ok. Then there's the whole Adi controversy...
Scene 4- Stass from this scene and Adi from the above scene are the..wait for it...exact same figure. Stass is darker skinned ever so slightly and Adi has a gold "line" around her ?headpiece? ?earmuffs?, but that's the ONLY difference. Shaaka Khan...oops, mean TI...nice two part, darker waistcoat, lighter dress soft goods "bottom part". Her hands are obviously different from the Ep2 figure, different arm stance, but she looks like she should be reading a newspaper in that pose, and I mean really reading it.
Then we have Eeth Koth.
THIS SINGLE FIGURE is what's wrong with these Council packs. This is the same figure we've gotten before, again, except this is the only figure in the Council packs to have a lightsaber HILT on his body. It comes off, too, and will actually stay in his hand. Wheh, for that! For all my poor attempts at humor and sarcasm, is Agen....wait I just noticed this on the side & back of the box....this isn't Eeth. This guy is called Agen, Agen Kolar. What is with these names? Eeth, Agen, blah, blah, just because Hasbro/Lucas has RENAMED a character, it's still a re-sell of a Jedi we ALREADY HAVE.
And is Agen that special to be the ONLY member of the Jedi Council to have an accessory. Will he bust chops in ROTS because he has a saber in DA COUNCIL CHAMBER? No, no...not that...it's just manufacturing lazyness, just like the EXclusion of Boba's sidearm and backpack rocket tip in this fall's blink and you'll miss it Slave 1 reissue.
So, having the council assembled....very nice...very nice. THIS is the payoff after 5 years of waiting(I am SAD for admitting that, but it's true).
I'll level with ya all...having the council is pretty cool and makes a nice part of any table devoted to "Coruscant Dioramas".
I want to see what happens, if anything, in council chambers in ROTS. Having a completed High Council chamber might make eventually for a better ROTS diorama base in 05...
Anyway, the search is over. Hit Amazon, hit TRU, hit yerself in the head for spending $120 + tax for a nice base, the same chairs(mostly) and a LOT fo repacks(although, not all, I did get my cool Stalk-headed Jedi Guy ). You can finally get the council.
Now, onto lunch...