From Sideshow Collectibles, we get Jedi Master Aayla Secura as one of the SDCC 2008 Exclusives! Being very much a Star Wars freak myself, I was waiting almost impatiently for this figure to arrive in the mail and it finally came from the FedEx delivery van on 8 August 2008!
The figure is admittedly short on accessories. Unlike their previous Jedi figures, Aayla did not come with a second set of hands. Instead, only a “force-push right hand” is included in the box. Beside this, the only other piece of extra accessory is a “unlit” light saber. I consider the “lit” light saber as a must-have for a Jedi figure and thus, I did not really considered that as an accessory.
Gone from the set are the usual Jedi Holoprojector, Jedi Communicator and Jedi Food Capsules. Not that these are important because I don’t recall ever displaying my Jedi figures with these accessories but they are nice to have after all. This is especially so when the price per figure has increased a fair bit over the last one year or so.
The head sculpt is good. Although I find the “blueness” of the figure a bit overdone, but I think the artist who sculpt the head of Aayla deserves special praise for a job well-done.
Overall, this figure looks quite good when fully geared. However, poseability is average due to the Art S Buck base-body. For my figure, I noticed that the wrists of both hands as well as the shoulders are quite loose. This means that I try not to “over-pose” the figure so as not to further “loosen” these loose joints!
Seriously, Sideshow should be using the new Prometheus body as the base-body for their upcoming figures because the Art S Buck base-body simply do not make the cut.
This means the figure just make it pass my overall ratings. Considering the price point (at around USD$70 excluding shipping), Sideshow can seriously improve on this figure by at least providing some additional accessories here and there.