Power of the Jedi, 2000
Accessories: Lightsaber, Poncho
Appears in: The Phantom Menace
Card Back: Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn has handled many difficult negotiations on behalf of the Jedi order. On some missions, he is required to wear a disguise. Bold and headstrong, he is willing to take any risk to restore lasting peace and security to the galaxy.
An earlier version of Qui-Gon Jinn in his Mos Espa poncho saw release in the Tatooine Showdown Cinema Scene set from The Phantom Menace toy line, but this was the first single carded version of Qui-Gon in this outfit. And unfortunately for the slave-rescuing Jedi Master, this release is a bit of a mixed bag…
Qui-Gon comes with two accessories, a lightsaber with a detailed hilt and a material poncho. The lightsaber is as you’d expect from an Episode One era figure, silver and black with the recognisable red button and a solid translucent green blade.
The poncho is faithful to the film with an olive green stripe around the hem, and unlike modern soft goods the material is thick enough to hang somewhat naturally. It’s stitched under the arms to hold its shape which just about works, although it’s still prone to billowing. It takes some futzing the get a good look with the poncho but it’s worth the effort, as when it works, it works well.
The figure itself holds a decent resemblance to Liam Neeson (although the soul-piercing blue eyes were surely never intended to be viewed through a zoomed in camera lens). The paint apps on Qui-Gon’s face are solid, cleanly applied and worked to good effect; beyond that though the figure is mainly cast in one of two shades of brown plastic with the odd detail painted in. Not that it matters though, as the poncho covers most of the body anyway – and that’s the way that you’re going to want to keep it.
With Power of the Jedi we witnessed the beginning of the pre-posed action figure era, which continued in earnest throughout the first Saga series. Qui-Gon Jinn (Mos Espa Disguise) is an unfortunate casualty of that ethos.
The left arm is so awkwardly posed that it only really works in one position, and even then it still doesn’t look right. The lightsaber fits a little loosely into his right hand, and doesn’t really work for a fighting stance. The swivel waist and hips let the figure stand properly and do help with the posing, but nine times out of ten the upper body looks so wonky that you won’t be paying attention to what the legs are doing anyway.
There are examples of pre-posed figures where it seems that Hasbro committed to the style from the start, and so the figures may only work in that one pose but look fantastic doing so (examples here, here and here). Qui-Gon Jinn (Mos Espa Disguise) falls into the middle between pre-posed and articulated, and as such just looks uncomfortable doing pretty much anything.
Still, nice soft goods.