I love finding unexpected toys when I’m out shopping for essentials (unless I have no extra money, then it sucks), but fate was on my side Thursday evening and I was there to grab Star Wars The Clone Wars Barriss Offee from my local Wal-Mart.
Barriss Offee is one of those tertiary Star Wars characters that mostly show up in background appearances, yet contains that mysterious quality that makes fans latch on and want to know more. At least that’s how I felt when I first discovered her back in Episode II. So I was pretty happy when they made her a reoccurring character on The Clone Wars animated series. Not only did we get to finally learn more about her character and personality, but she and Ahsoka developed a cute friendship and a kickass team.
I haven’t picked up the Vintage Collection figure yet, but it’s going to be hard pressed for any of the Barriss figures to beat this Clone Wars version. The animation in The Clone Wars has a simplified feel to it, so it’s really surprising to see so much detail pop up in the sculpt of those characters. Not only does Barriss’ bodysuit have its signature ribbed pattern, but her cowl and capelet are encompassed by an inlaid pattern. Her belt contains a sculpted buckle and pouch, and her left arm has an extremely detailed design with raised electronic buttons.
What’s even better is how well the paint has been applied to all these tiny sculpted bits. Her cowl and capelet have been painted with a dark wash that really makes the sculpt stand out. Even the tiny painted buttons on her gauntlet are clean and slop free. My favorite part of the paint job is her face though. Not only are her freckle-like tattoos perfectly applied, but her eyes actually have a realistic and expressive look to them. Definitely better than those large soulless orbs they gave the new Ahsoka.
One really interesting design element to Barriss is her fabric skirt. I’m not sure what kind of fabric was used, but it’s very thick. I thought this would be a hindrance at first, but the skirt has been hemmed in four places to give it a more natural look of folded fabric. There’s also been some sort of shiny coating given to the outside which allows the skirt to be twisted and fashioned, but still hold its shape. You can even lean her against it and it will hold her up. Continue to page 2…