"A long time ago, in a basement far, far, well, actually, no, pretty close to where I'm living now . . ."
I've long loved the Star Wars franchise and if you're looking for Star Wars toy reviews, this is the place for them! I have been building a collection for over fifteen years and now, I am culling through that collection and picking out what should be kept and eliminating what ought to be knocked out! As a result, I have a plethora of reviews of Star Wars toys which will help steer the discriminating fan toward the best possible value for their collections, as well as away from the figures, dolls and toys which are no fun to play with or display!
Before you check out the reviews, I heartily recommend understanding how I review in general. While all of the toy reviews are in my blog, W.L. Swarts Reviews The Universe, as is my overall standard - My Reviewing Philosophy - I figured I'd take a moment to run through my criteria for how I review action figures and toys.
All toys I encounter are evaluated on a ten point scale where 0 (zero) is absolutely abominable through 10 (perfection, it belongs in every Star Wars fan's permanent collection!). I start at zero and toys work their way up to ten. What are the criteria I grade on? Here are the standards:
3 points - Sculpt/Coloring - Does the toy look like what it is supposed to? Is the coloring good? Does any difference between the image on the package and on the figure make sense?
3 points - Balance/Articulation - Does the toy stand on its own? Does the figure have joints that move and are well-articulated? Is the playability of the toy good?
3 points - Accessories - Does the toy have good accessories? Are the accessories well-detailed? Does the coloring and scale match the rest of the figure?
1 point - Collectibility - Is the value of the toy going to hold up over the years?
These might seem like pretty strict standards for toys, but it's a surprisingly serious business!