The Good: Costume looks more or less right, Generally cool accessory
The Bad: Dumb animated look, Giant head, Heavy, Does not have accurate features.
The Basics: The Mighty Muggs toy line made a Clone Wars Anakin Skywalker figure that does not even capitalize on the animated rendition of Anakin for a compelling collectible.
When it comes to Star Wars Mighty Muggs toys, I actually had pretty reasonable hopes for the Clone Wars Anakin Skywalker. Based on the fact that Anakin was being created off the animated film and television show, I figured there was a decent chance Hasbro would get the toy right. Alas, the Clone Wars Anakin Skywalker Mighty Muggs looks more like an Anakin in Mandalorian Armor Mighty Muggs as opposed to a decent rendering of his young Jedi Clone Wars general appearance.
For those unfamiliar with Mighty Muggs, these are ridiculous toys which they are all physically identical, they just have different faces and costumes painted on the standard form. Mighty Muggs toys look like they might be plush as they feature animated versions of recognizable Star Wars characters. However, the cartoon-like heads atop disproportionately smaller bodies simply revealed that the heads and toys were solid, like ceramic (they are, in fact, made of a super-hard, heavy plastic).
For those unfamiliar with Anakin Skywalker from the Clone Wars (reviewed here!), Anakin was promoted to General and worked with his new Padawan and Clone Troopers to try to stop the Separatists. As a result, he was often seen in armor and outfits that preceded his ultimate Jedi appearance from the final prequel film.
The Mighty Muggs Clone Wars Anakin Skywalker figure is entirely underwhelming and anyone who has seen how Anakin Skywalker from the animated works actually looked will recognize this bears little resemblance to him. This looks like a comic strip version of the animated rendition of Anakin.
Anakin Skywalker is a human Jedi, seen on the Cartoon Network's Clone Wars series and its theatrical prequel. Like all of the Star Wars Mighty Muggs, the figure stands 7" tall. Anakin Skywalker is dressed in a blue-gray outfit that is painted solidly onto the puffy body of the toy. The outfit looks vaguely like Mandalorian armor from its lines.
This toy is a poor sculpt which looks like an oversized, fattened up LEGO figure and the costume is hardly one that is distinctive and iconic to Anakin Skywalker. Once it is out of the box on the shelf, one might only realize that it is supposed to be a Jedi, much less Anakin, based on the lightsaber in his hand. The hands are open slightly and this allows Anakin to hold his ridiculous plastic lightsaber. Anakin's hair is painted on in bright colors that look unlike even the animated source.
Anakin Skywalker, ready to battle Separatist Forces as he is, comes with one accessory, his lightsaber. The three inch long choking hazard fits in Anakin Skywalker's right hand. This is a monolithically molded silver and translucent blue cylinder which looks vaguely like a lightsaber.
The Mighty Muggs toy line was designed because there was a niche of collectors with far too much money and not enough taste. This heavy toy can be harmful to children, especially if it falls on them from any height, and is more intended as a display statue. It is a ridiculous display statue, but that’s about it.
Anakin Skywalker comes with only five points of articulation, all of which are simple swivel joints. He has joints at the groin socket, shoulders, and neck. The elbows do not extend, so all arm posing is straight-armed. To be fair, the figure does stand up.
The Clone Wars Anakin Skywalker is part of the Mighty Muggs Star Wars Wave 5 collection and Anakin was the shelf-warmer of that assortment. The value of these is already declining because it’s a ridiculous concept executed poorly. As well, most distributors made their money quickly off the two villains in the assortment, which encouraged them to quickly discount the Clone Wars Anakin Skywalker in order to make shelf space. One ought to be able to find it very inexpensively if they insist on adding it to their collection, but it will probably never appreciate in value.
The Mighty Muggs Clone Wars Anakin Skywalker toy is disappointing, even for those who want to collect collectibles based on the animated subjects of the Star Wars universe.
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