Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Action Figure Review: Jar Jar Binks from Star Wars Hero Mashers by Hasbro

   It is 2015 and I purchased a Jar Jar Binks action figure on Force Friday. I'm not sure what that says about me or about Hasbro, but I'll be honest: I find it quite hilarious and nostalgic. I really do enjoy the prequels for the most part, but as a ninth grader who loved Star Wars when Episode 1 first came out, it really did take me some time to warm up to that film. Jar Jar was (and still is for me) a very polarizing characters. There are at least 100 things I love about Episode 1 (seriously, I made a list for a friend one time) but Jar Jar still does grate on my nerves. Of course, once again I think the Clone Wars TV series really salvaged him as a character. For me, Jar Jar has become almost like an embarrassing memory that is now shared and, in some ways, celebrated among friends. I was really interested in the Mashers line and I didn't even realize Jar Jar was in it until I was in the second store I hit up on Force Friday. When I found him I felt the need to run through the toy section of the Wal-Mart I was at yelling "I found the only Jar Jar! I got him" to everyone sifting through the Black Series and 1/18th scale figures. It elicited a few laughs, so it was totally worth it. Anyways, that's my long story for starting a Jar Jar Binks review. Read on after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 5 3/4 inches

Articulation: Swivel/hinge knees, swivel/hinge hips, swivel hips, swivel shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, and a swivel/ hinge neck.

Accessories: Shield and sash.

Non-Scalper Price: $10
 The Positive:

* Says a whats yousa wants, but a Jar Jar no is a bad looking characters meesa thinks. While his a characters mights a bein' a bit on the poodoo side he's a still moy moy nice a looking design. Ooh! He's a wearin a little skirt of some kind. It's a capable of being removed, okey day? His color and paint works is a being moy impressive, too.

* Aieeee!!!!! Whatsa wrong? Whysa I spakeing like this? Mooey mooey bombad!!! Anyhoos, this Jar Jar figure is a muy mobile and can goesa here or goesa here. Anyways, hesa here. Or hesa be in deep doo-doo.

 * The Gungans have a grand army and Jar Jar has a shield so hes a can be helping the Captain Tarpals fight off the terrible tings that be coming in the maxi big roamers. It's a muy seethroughey with a holdy handle and a post so Jar Jar cansa wear it.
The Negatives!

It's a Jar-Jar! Mesa hear! How Wude!

* Whysa Jar Jar no bein able to movie his shoulders anyway but in a swivel? Swivel/ hinge joint does be allowin him to have better luck in catching the brisky morning munchies.
Ye gods! Whatsa mesa saying?! *Ahem Ahem* Sorry, something got stuck in my throat! Anyways, while I can't imagine a ton of Star Wars fans are desperate to run out and grab a new Jar Jar Binks figure, there is an odd charm to this toy. He's colorful and well sculpted. I really like that he comes with a shield. Since it has a peg on the handle and on the back it can actually be worn in a few different places, something some of the other accessories are lacking the ability to do. This guy is a Good and a 1/2 entry in the line and at least worth a look as you stroll down the toy aisles.

I've reviewed some other Star Wars Hero Mashers:

Han Solo Vs. Boba Fett
Jedi Speeder & Anakin Skywalker 
Luke Skywalker Vs. Darth Vader

I've also reviewed plenty of other Star Wars figures:

 Star Wars by Kenner (1978)
My First Star Wars Figures

Star Wars: The Black Series (3 3/4 inch) by Hasbro (2013)
Biker Scout
Clone Trooper Sergeant

Star Wars: The Black Series Phase II (3 3/4 inch) by Hasbro
Darth Malgus

Star Wars: The Black Series (6 inch) by Hasbro (2013)
Boba Fett
Darth Maul
Han Solo
Luke Skywalker (Bespin Outfit)
Luke Skywalker (X-Wing Pilot)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Revenge of the Sith)
Princess Leia (Slave Outfit)

Star Wars: The Black Series Phase II (6 inch) by Hasbro (2014)
Boba Fett (Prototype Armor)
Clone Commander Cody
Clone Trooper Captain
Clone Trooper Sergeant
Darth Vader
Han Solo (Stormtrooper Disguise)
TIE Pilot 

Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III (6 inch) by Hasbro (2015)
Kylo Ren

Star Wars: Rebels by Hasbro (2014)
Mission Series
Garazeb "Zeb" Orrelios and Stormtrooper
Sabine Wren and Stromtrooper
Stormtrooper Commander and Hera Syndulla
Saga Legends
AT-DP Driver
Ezra Bridger
The Inquisitor
Jedi Temple Guard
Kanan Jarrus

Star Wars: The Vintage Collection by Hasbro
Imperial Scanning Crew


  1. The real magic of Star Wars - the fact that they can STILL sell Jar Jar merchandise.

    1. I know, right? If you only see him in toy form and in the Clone Wars, he's pretty cool. It's his episode 1 Over-usage that kills him.

      Of course, it was also fun to buy a Jar Jar Binks toy since I figures no one else would do it.


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