Sunday, June 30, 2013

Generic Ninja Jedi: The Qui-Gon Jinn Mighty Muggs Figure Flops!

The Good: Costume looks more or less right.
The Bad: Dumb animated look, Giant head, Heavy, Looks very little like Qui-Gon.
The Basics: The Qui-Gon Jinn Mighty Muggs figure does not look enough like Liam Neeson to make it worth buying!

The Star Wars Mighty Muggs toy line is one that I pretty much loathe. The toys, which are from Hasbro which has proven they can make virtually lifelike action figures and statues, are ridiculous-looking. One of the worst of the line has to be the Qui-Gon Jinn Mighty Muggs figure.

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). This is as true of the Qui-Gon Jinn as it is of other Mighty Muggs figures.

For those unfamiliar with Qui-Gon Jinn, he only appeared in The Phantom Menace (reviewed here!) as the mentor to Obi-Wan Kenobi. He leads Obi-Wan around Naboo and Tatooine before ending up in a climactic battle with the villainous Darth Maul.

The Mighty Muggs Qui-Gon Jinn figure is pretty terrible and anyone who has seen how Qui-Gon Jinn actually looked will recognize this bears a poor resemblance to Qui-Gon Jinn. This looks like a cartoon version of the Jedi Master.


Qui-Gon Jinn is a human Jedi, seen on Coruscant, Naboo, and Tatooine throughout The Phantom Menace. The figure stands 7" tall. Qui-Gon Jinn is dressed in a brown cloak over a cream-colored and tan outfit that is painted solidly onto the puffy body of the toy. There are no additional costume details on the toy, though this version has the dark brown cloak over the lighter tunic that Qui-Gon Jinn wears.

This toy is a poor sculpt which looks like an oversized, fattened up LEGO figure and the Mighty Muggs figure has a solid body that looks like dress bottom. The hands are open slightly and this allows Qui-Gon to hold his ridiculous plastic lightsaber. Qui-Gon’s facial expression is a slightly angry one, with his eyes looking fierce and downturned mouth covered by the painted-on beard and mustache. The face looks like a classic ninja, more than anything even remotely like Liam Neeson.


Qui-Gon Jinn, Jedi Master as he is, comes with one accessory, his lightsaber. The three inch long choking hazard fits in Qui-Gon Jinn's right hand. This is a monolithically molded silver and translucent green cylinder which looks vaguely like a lightsaber.


The Mighty Muggs toy line was designed for no good reason I can find, perhaps just because someone realized Star Wars fans would buy almost anything (which, given how many waves of Star Wars Mighty Muggs figures there were, seemed to be a good assumption!). This heavy toy can be harmful to children and is more intended as a display statue. Sure, it’s a ridiculous display statue, but that’s about it.

Qui-Gon Jinn comes with only three points of articulation, all of which are simple swivel joints. He has joints at the shoulders and neck. The elbows do not extend, so all arm posing is straight-armed. To be fair, the figure does stand up.


The Qui-Gon Jinn is part of the Mighty Muggs Star Wars collection, which no one I know would ever spend money on. The value of these is already declining because it’s a ridiculous concept executed poorly.


Qui-Gon Jinn is another insultingly bad Mighty Muggs figure that is not worth the time and money of the consumers.

For other Star Wars Mighty Muggs toys, please check out my reviews of:
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Younger)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Older)
Luke Skywalker
Hoth Han Solo
Hoth Luke Skywalker
Grand Moff Tarkin
Bespin Luke Skywalker


For other toy reviews, please visit my Toy Review Index Page for an organized listing!

© 2013 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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