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8 Not So Great Phantom Menace Toys

Lower than a Dug

By Robert T. Trate     February 03, 2012

 

Last week, Mania brought you the “8 Great Phantom Menace Toys” (see column) in anticipation of the 3D release of Episode 1. This week, we turn our attention to the dark side ofthe force. No, not the Sith, but the not so great toys of Episode 1.
 
Here are Mania’s 8 Not So Great Phantom Menace Toys.
 
8. The American Single Packaged Figures

8 Worst Toy Products from The Phantom Menace

We understand that America is the land of capitalism, but as action figure aficionados it was down right crappy of Hasbro to do this. Apparently overseas Episode 1 figures came packaged with a droid. The very same droids we had to buy separately. It would have been nice to have a Battle Droid Army purchased right along with my regular figures.
 
7. Opee and Qui-Gon Jinn

8 Worst Toy Products from The Phantom Menace

All right, when the hell did this happen in the movie? Perhaps this was a cut scene or a story board that someone saw and thought it would make a great toy. Well, they were wrong. Star Wars has a great assortment of beast figures and this one is just plain horrible.
 
6. 12-inch Boss Nass

8 Worst Toy Products from The Phantom Menace

Initially Boss Nass is a bit of a heel. You have to admit he did set up the Jedi to get eaten. Why Hasbro green lighted a 12 inch version of this do-nothing character is beyond us. 
 
5. Spitting Jabba the Hutt Figure

8 Worst Toy Products from The Phantom Menace

We all wanted to reenact the Jabba spitting scene. We did, we really, really did. Oh and we also wanted that two headed announcer fellow. We did. We wanted him so bad that we had to buy Spitting Jabba to get him. This two pack is such a win win.
 
4. Battle Bag Creatures

8 Worst Toy Products from The Phantom Menace

They are called Battle Bags yet where was the battle for the swamp creatures and the fish? The swamp creatures had a stampede and the fish swam by the Bongo (“which is a transport, I think”). These packs were incredibly lame and hung on the shelf long after the movie was out of the theater.
 
3. Sebulba Koosh Ball

8 Worst Toy Products from The Phantom Menace

Sebulba did have the best pod racer, a cool figure, and an awesome cinema scene. Yet, I have to wonder why they thought Star Wars Koosh Balls would be a good idea? I don’t even think kids wanted this.
 
2. CommTech Reader

8 Worst Toy Products from The Phantom Menace

Toy Companies are always trying to make things more hip and more interactive for kids today. The CommTech Reader does this. It also eliminates imagination and keeps kids from creating their own stories. In all honesty, it was cooler to have a stand for the figures than to have them actually talk.
 
1. Jar Jar Binks Candy Tongue

8 Worst Toy Products from The Phantom Menace

No, not his action figure, or his Happy Meal Toy, or even his 12 inch doll can compare to this. Just look at that picture. Look at it!
 
Robert Trate writes three weekly columns for Mania: the DVD Shopping Bag, the Toy Maniac, and The Geek Life. Follow Robert on Twitter for his for Geek ramblings, Cosplay photos and film criticisms.

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demonfire 2/5/2012 6:22:42 PM

always thought the com reader besides the chips were a stupid thing added to the star wars toy line since it kind of killed the imagination  factor of playing with the figures of young kids.plus even though the spitting jabba the hutt is a little disquesting even that can not compare to the  utter nightmarish and creepyness of that jar jar candy tonque what were the candy makers and lucas on to okay that.

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