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Top 100 Star Wars Figures
Is 100 enough?
By Robert T. Trate
May 14, 2010
Top 100 Star Wars Action Figures: Vintage Bossk (2007) easily makes the list
© Bob Trate
There are so many Star Wars figures now it seems almost inconceivable to own them all. What is even more of a surprise is that there is not a definitive series of books documenting them all. In Mania’s quest to rank the top 100 Star Wars figures we discovered several figures we had no idea existed. What is truly mind boggling is that there are still Star Wars figures being made and probably always will be. Here are Mania’s Top 100 Star Wars figures and reason for each to make the list.
100. Duros (first fan figure): the first figure that finally gave us, the fans, a voice.
99. Darktrooper (Build a Droid Wal-Mart Exclusive): dark, sleek and totally worth building.
98. Admiral Motti: simply for the reason we all thought he puked up a yellow ball.
97. Aunt Beru: it took way too long to get her; she had to make it the list.
96. Commander Jorg Sacul (Celebration Figure): the best of the George Lucas figures.
95. Mon Calamari Warrior: finally a Mon Calamari figure other than Ackbar.
94. Captain Argyus: a James Marsters Star Wars figure? Damn right it makes the list.
93. Han Solo (AT-ST Driver): a must have for your Battle of Endor play set.
92. Dash Rendar: Because Shadows of the Empire ruled.
91. Bo Sheck: because we need a human face in our Cantina set up.
90. Yak Face (original): easily one of the most sought after figures in the entire collection.
89. Probe Droid (1997): an upgrade from the original and who doesn’t want to be a probe droid?
88. Starkiller Hero: Ralph McQuarrie’s original concept for Lucas’ hero.
87. Zev (Rogue 2): he found Luke and Han and went down during the battle of Hoth.
86. Wuhrer: you can’t have a Cantina without having its bartender.
85. Republic Commando Scorch: bad ass and something to hold us over until episode 3.
84. Ponda Baba: another upgrade from the original and better dressed too.
83. Darth Vader (Emperor’s Wrath): the heroic Vader in his electric transparent blue glory!
82. Rum Sleg: a great figure of a blink and you’ll miss him character.
81. Zuckuss (4-LOM): strange, mysterious and an underrated figure.
80. Luke Skywalker Yavin Ceremonial Outfit: finally Luke in normal clothes and a sweet jacket.
79. Barada: for being one third of the great saying trio (“Klaatu barada nikto”)
78. At- At Commander (original): perfect for your AT-AT and needed for invading Echo Base.
77. Commander Cody: he will survive to episode 3 so you need Cody in your clone army.
76. Jango Fett (Slave 1 pilot): great sculpt and perfect for your Slave 1.
75. Darktrooper (Dark Forces): part of the now classic expanded universe line.
74. Pote Snitkin: a rare figure because you had to mail away for him via Star Wars Insider.
73. Wioslea: come on, did you really think this guy wouldn’t make the list?
72. Dode Bodonawieedo: a Rodian that does something other than getting shot.
71. Spacetrooper (1998): the original and still the best.
70. Cade Bane: because he makes Boba Fett look timid.
69. Saesee Tiin (Clone Wars): the first figure was lame but Hasbro redeemed itself with this one.
68. Luke Skywalker from Dark Empire: taking over the family business and its style.
67. Imperial EVO Trooper: a Force Unleashed figure worth getting.
66. Darth Maul (Sith Apprentice): the Scarecrow of Darth Maul figures and completely crazy.
65. Obi-wan Kenobi Space Suit: awesome and completely Sci-Fi retro.
64. Luke Skywalker Hoth Battle Gear (original): the first different Luke in the original line.
63. Santa Yoda: because every holiday should have a little Star Wars in it.
62. Plo Kloon (Clone Wars): just look at him, 100% badass!
61. See-Threepio with Removable Limbs: an essential figure from the best Star Wars film.
60. Garindan (Long Snoot): easily made it because at my house we called him Penis Face.
59. Grand Admiral Thrawn: a great villain when there were none left.
58. Padme Amidala Arena Escape: torn shirt, exposed torso, Natalie Portman. Grrrrr.
57. Obi-Wan Kenobi (Jedi Knight): out of the lame cloak and ready to do battle.
56. Count Dooku (Cartoon Network): Christopher Lee drawn by Tartakovsky, instant classic!
55. Durge (Cartoon Network): better than his realistic junky counter part.
54. C-3PO Droids Figure: he was the star of the show and kept Star Wars alive.
53. Jedi Training Gear Qui-Gon Jinn: an expanded universe figure and totally worth getting.
52. Max Rebo: come on he is a big blue elephant that rocks out!
51. General Grievous (Cartoon Network): an awesome character that did nothing in the movies.
50. Qui-Gon Jinn (POTF): a much needed improvement over the episode 1 figure.
49. Captain Rex: again the animated series produces a great figure and character.
48. Sharad Hett (Dark Horse Comic Two Pack): a Jedi Tusken Raider? Oh hell yes!
47. Kit Fisto (Clone Wars Animated Series): better and more poseable than any that came before.
46. Momaw Nadon (Hammerhead): the perfect redesign with one of the biggest guns in the line.
45. Obi-Wan Kenobi, Clone Trooper Outfit: what you always thought he would look like.
44. Death Star Trooper: no more gray pants and shirt just perfect movie likeness.
43. Foul Moudama: for his final stand against General Grievous.
42. KI-ADI-MUNDI: for his prequel comic and the stories that continued after episode 1.
41. Ephant Mon: completely crazy and for the fact that he was Jabba’s head of security.
40.Luke Skywalker (Bespin Duel): no other Luke is as beaten up as this one.
39. Attack of the Clones Sneak Preview Figure - Jango Fett: posed perfectly!
38. Greedo: finally one that looked the part and had the burn mark to prove it!
37. Kyle Katarn (Dark Horse Comic Packs): our video game avatar with a perfect sculpt.
36. General Grievous Preview Revenge of the Sith: an awesome likeness.
35. Tatooine Stormtrooper: the one trooper we always wanted and finally got.
34. Imperial Gunner: if you have a Death Star he is necessity.
33. Luke Skywalker (Bespin Outfit 1999): the detachable hand, no other reason.
32. Admiral Ackbar: insert trap joke here.
31. Han Solo in Carbonite Block: way better than the original in which Han had no neck.
30. Jabba the Hutt (original): still the best compared to every Jabba that has come out since.
29. Biggs Darklighter: because we all saw him in our story books and not in the movie.
28. Aayla Secura (Attack of the Clones): she’s a Hottie, why else?
27. Aurra Sing: she is the dark Hottie.
26.Jek Porkins: a fat Rebel Pilot that can’t fit into any X-Wing toy is a must have.
25. Cantina Band Member: should I really explain why?
24. Emperor’s Royal Guard (original): you actually need about 6 of these to feel complete.
23.Mace Windu (Cartoon Network): BAMF in animated form, why else?
22. Bossk (Vintage Empire Strikes Back 2007): simply the best one that Hasbro has ever done.
21. Han Solo (Hoth Outfit 1980): the first different Han with a functioning holster!
20.Concept Stormtrooper: a lightsaber wielding, shield carrying trooper should make any list.
19. Oola (Star Wars Insider): hot, sexy and the first set of nipples you probably saw on screen.
18. Anakin Skywalker (Cartoon Network): a better performance than Hayden Christensen.
17. Mara Jade: Zahn’s perfect character for what happened next in the Star Wars universe.
16. Wedge Antilles (1997) Millennium Falcon Carrying Case: the first of its kind!
15. Han Solo in Stormtrooper Disguise Froot Loops: first modern mail away figure.
14. Han Solo Death Star Escape: finally Hasbro got Han right. Not too big, not too small.
13. Spirit of Obi-Wan: essential because this is how the character was for two of the three films.
12. Grand Moff Tarkin: another long overdue figure and that Cushing rules the Hammer movies..
11. Slave Leia: you know why.
10. Power of the Jedi Boba Fett Special Edition (300th Figure): 100% pure Fett!
9. Snaggletooth (Blue): very rare and came with the Cantina Adventure play set by Sears.
8. Yoda: Because he is the ultimate Jedi!
7. B’omarr Monk: by far on the craziest figures and characters in the Star Wars universe.
6. Darth Vader (Bespin Duel): the best moment in Star Wars, in action figure form.
5. Darth Maul (Final Duel): all others before this one were just too nice.
4.Concept Boba Fett: the original idea which sparked millions of children’s imaginations.
3. Boba Fett: mail away or not, he was the first figure of the next chapter!
2. Darth Vader with Removable Helmet: the fallen hero’s final moment in action figure form.
1. Anakin Skywalker: he was the last promotional figure and one that was carded very briefly. The character in this likeness has all but been erased by George Lucas. This figure becomes rarer each year and it easily takes the number one spot on the list.
Honorable Mention: The rocket firing back pack Bona Fett usually makes most people’s lists. This figure will finally be available this summer (via mail away). Since it was never really made available to the public it only gets an honorable mention.
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This is Robert Trate’s 100th Toy Maniac Column here at Mania. A feat he never thought he would make it to. Robert writes two weekly columns for Mania the DVD Shopping Bag and the Toy Maniac. Robert also participates in a pod cast that reviews movies, comics and celebrates all things geek. Check it out at You’ve Got Geek on You.com.