I don't know, maybe I'm a bit soft on the Star Wars crossover line. But I like some of them a lot - I think the recent Y Wing/Clone Pilot is a very good Transformer, for example. Sure, the line has had a good proportion of junk in it, but I still like to see what comes out. Expecially when it's ridiculous and 50% off like the new Yoda transformer. DSCN0681 on Flickr - Photo Sharing! When everyone first saw the Yoda SW Crossover, the general opinion was that it looked very strange, what with its enormous Yoda head, short limbs and odd color scheme. I guess my expectations were low going in, but I think that Yoda is actually a pretty good toy. In robot mode, he's got decent articulation - shoulders, elbows bend and swivel, wrists rotate, the short legs can be posed reasonably well and the feet are hinged, swivel and have moving toes as part of the transformation. The wing assemblies can be rotated up to frame the head as sort of battle flags, or rotated down to form a sort of robe. Both wings fold neatly and are on rotating and hinged arms. DSCN0683 on Flickr - Photo Sharing! Wings are down in this pose. The head rotates, and the waist rotates as well, though it tends to throw the lower body out of alignment. He comes with a shorter version of a green lightsaber which fits in his hand well. The effect is pretty strange looking, like Yoda wearing robot armor, or a mash up between a clone trooper and a giant Yoda head, but it kind of works - you don't get too many short and giant-headed Transformers (and when they do, like Injector, they usually are done badly), but I think the proportions are pretty good on this one. DSCN0685 on Flickr - Photo Sharing! Transformation to Republic Attack Shuttle - sort of a precursor to the Imperial Shuttle - is involved and complex. The back opens up and the head folds down into the main body, with the ears sticking out of the sides. The arms collapse and fold into the sides of the craft, the chest and back panels form the 'head' of the ship, the waist and feet rotate and fold into a nice engine array. Very little green shows in the ship mode, the feet show in the back and the hands show on the bottom, but they aren't too obtrusive. The wing assemblies may come mistranformed in the package - they do peg in fairly solidly onto the bottom of the ship, and the whole ship is pretty solid when you're done. The wings can pivot and fold for landing. You may note that there is no front landing gear, though, so the ship flops onto its nose when you try to rest it on the ground. There is a fix for that, though. If you mistranform the 'chin' of the ship's 'head' it can fold down and rest on the ground, and it looks not only like landing gear, but also like a boarding ramp. The rest of the head stays together well enough in this mode, too. DSCN0686 on Flickr - Photo Sharing! The ship mode has shoulder guns (literally, they wind up on Yoda's shoulders in robot mode) and rotating guns on the side of the ship's 'head' - these have less range of motion than I thought, just about 90 degrees back and forth, no rotating at all. So they can shoot at an angle forwards and to the sides. They don't do much in robot mode either. I may see if I can remove the tracks from the gun assemblies so they have a more free range of motion. But what of the light saber in ship mode? I thought perhaps there would be a hollow track or slot to get the light saber stored in the ship, like the Emperor/Shuttle crossover, but it does not appear so. I did notice that there are little clips on each wing that do store the light saber on the wing, though it's not indicated in the instructions, they are too well engineered to be just a coincidence. DSCN0688 on Flickr - Photo Sharing! Not perfect, but not bad. I only wish I could dig out another green lightsaber for him to balance this one out. Because it's so short, though, most of the other sabers from the TF line would look strange. Er, stranger. So, if you're like me and still interested in the SW Crossovers, I think the Yoda is a worthwhile toy, if only for the novelty factor. It's better than I thought it would be, and has some nice features, both obvious and hidden. Tim "Toy Geek"