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Luminara Unduli

SWIII: Revenge of the Sith
by yo go re

Hasbro has really changed the way they do their Star Wars figures in the past few years: for Episode II, they gave us a lot of dynamic, pre-posed offerings; now, for Episode III, we're getting rehashes of the same characters, but in much more poseable iterations.

Luminara Unduli Luminara Unduli is a trusted advisor to the Jedi Council and a formidable opponent with a lightsaber. An extraordinary Jedi warrior, Luminara leads a battallion of clone troopers through the dense jungles of Kashyyyk.

Luminara was one of the Jedi who first appeared in the big arena battle, helping save Anakin and Obi-Wan after the pair managed to get themselves caught. She stood apart from the crowd not only because of her green skin, but also because she wasn't wearing the traditional Jedi robes. She and her Padawan, Barriss Offee, had the look of warrior nuns.

The last figure of Luminara had those robes cast in sold, inflexible plastic, so her articulation was hardly worth mentioning. Now, however, her long dress is actual cloth, so Hasbro could make her more mobile. She moves at the neck, shoulders, elbows, glove-tops, waist, hips and knees.

got a little something on your chin... Though she's got that large folded headdress, it doesn't impede the range of motion in her neck. Much. You can turn her head from side to side and you can move it up or down. The range isn't as complete as, say, Mace Windu's, but it's still better than the Episode II Luminara. Considering that for many companies, having a figure with long hair still means a stationary neck, this is a decent offering. Not perfect, but good.

damn that's some good detail! The figure's costume is detailed nicely, particularly the ornate patterns on her bracers and the front of her skirt. The paint apps here are quite intricate, but handled well - there are at least four different colors overlapping and intersecting, but they never get muddled. The pattern is also repeated on the fronts of her boots. Luminara's interlinking diamond-shaped chin tattoos are perfectly crisp.

duh Luminara has a lightsaber, or course: every Jedi has a lightsaber. It's a given. Hers has a green blade, removable from the hilt. It doesn't attach to her belt or anything, which is a shame - why make the removable blade, in that case?

Since the figure has no action features, don't step in the wookie pudu Hasbro gave her a display base depicting Luminara's last stand on the Wookie homeworld of Kashyyyk - quick-eyed viewers saw that Yoda wasn't the only Jedi assigned there before Order 66 was carried out. It's the same base available with Aayla Secura, but painted green and brown rather than brown and yellow. The foliage is all sculpted well, from the tiniest leaves to the large, lichenous tree stumps.

Love to see that Hasbro has gone in the right direction with their articulation. Luminara had more to do in the Clone Wars cartoon than in the actual movies, but it's good that we got a quality figure of her anyway.


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