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AFJ’S TOP 10 STAR WARS: REVENGE OF THE SITH TOYS

 

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Posted May 19, 2017 by

Today marks the 12th-anniversary release of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. A day not long remembered by some fans, however, there are many that do like George Lucas’ final installment to the prequels. AFJ could not ignore the anniversary and set out to bring you the top 10 toys from the film. We gave ourselves a few hoops to jump through. The toys for Revenge of the Sith had to all come from Hasbro. We also decided that all the toys had to have the Revenge of the Sith logo present. They could not be from the 30th-anniversary release of Star Wars or subsequent releases. In doing this we discovered a small number of figures and vehicles that actually surfaced for the film. Enjoy our list and let us know your favorites in the comment section.

Mom Mothma – Republic Senator
Whoa, what? Yes, we placed the very first action figure of Mom Mothma on our list. We just stated the first reason for her inclusion, but the second is that this character returns in both Rogue One and Star Wars Rebels. To take it one further she is also played all three times by the same actress, Genevieve O’Reilly. This instantly makes this figure a collectible and highly sought after. Oh, that haven’t made her figure since either nor a version of her from Return fo the Jedi.

Revenge of the Sith – Sneak Preview Figures
This is a practice we wish had Hasbro would return to. It was something that Kenner started with their mail-away figures and Hasbro ran with during the first three prequels. They released “Sneak Preview” figures. The allotment usually included a droid, villain, and hero. These four: Wookie Warrior, General Grievous, Tion Medon, and R4-G9 are the very last of that practice.

ARC-170 Fighter
We love our big ships here at AFJ, especially Star Wars ships. The ARC-170 Fighter housed a crew of three and was a great homage to the X-Wing. Now, this ship was later released in multiple incarnations and boxes. If you are a collector, we are sure you have them all. This one was the first and not as easily found as The Clone Wars version were.

Anakin’s Jedi Starfighter
We love the design as it directly makes a reference to Darth Vader’s tie-fighter. However, this version of Anakin’s ship is one the rare ones that actually comes with Anakin. Take note, his headpiece actually comes off. Where were these when we were hunting the toy aisles back in 2005?

AT-RT with AT-RT Driver
Certainly you saw this original version of this set, however, did you know there was a version that included a Bonus Clone Trooper? Granted, with its rarity, neither one will ever be removed from the box, but a very cool edition to the collection.

Utapau Shadow Trooper – Target Exclusive
We don’t even blink twice about retail exclusive figures anymore. Back in 2005, it wasn’t as common. The Target Utapau Shadow Trooper easily makes our list for the coolness factor and its super articulation.

Boga with Obi-Wan Kenobi
This particular creature and rider two-pack made our list for two reasons. The first is that sets like were a rarity until the Special Editions hit theaters. At that time Hasbro and Lucasfilm flooded the market with these types of toys. The second is that the Boga is the only “big creature” in Revenge of the Sith to get a toy. Every Star Wars film, to that point, had a larger than life creature. This was usually accompanied by a figure. Revenge of the Sith’s was scraped for timing and would have appeared on Mustafar. Check out the Sher Kar for more information.

Mustafar Final Duel Playset
Obviously, the playlet is not to full scale, but we admire Hasbro for trying. This is one of those rare playlets that no one bought but ends up online or in flea markets for oodles of dollars. Why? It is pretty hideous, but collectors who missed out on it need to have it. It makes our list for the completists out there who simply have to own everything.

Darth Vader – Target Exclusive
Limited to 50,000, this lava red Darth Vader is both cool for its exclusivity and its color. Sure it is an early retail exclusive, that was already enclosed in a collectors bubble, however, why lava red? Why this to commemorate Vader’s first lava walk?

Republic Gunship
Easily one of the biggest and best ships ever produced by Hasbro. Much like ARC-170, this too became a repainted vehicle for numerous releases. Though The Clone Wars may have the cooler and more stylized versions, this was the first and it made our list for its collectibility and size.

Need more Star Wars prequels fun? Check out AFJ’s “8 Great Phantom Menace Toys” here.


Robert Trate

 
Columnist and Critic for Action Figure Junkies and Cinema-Stache. Jedi Knight and friend to Captain Solo. Co-Host on Megapodzilla.


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