Action Figure Overview: Star Wars - General Madine (Kenner, 1983)
|General Madine from Return of the Jedi (Kenner, 1983)|
I was definitely a huge fan of Star Wars as a kid! I loved most of the figures that Kenner released for the first Star Wars movie and The Empire Strikes Back. However, even early on there were figures like Power Droid and FX-7 that weren't very exciting to me. I'm sure most kids who played with Star Wars figures felt like some of the figures just weren't all that cool. One figure that often appears on lists of figures that kids could have lived without was General Madine. He had a relatively small role in Return of the Jedi and his "weapon" seemed to be a pointer that you might see someone holding in a meeting, but General Madine stood out to me and I probably liked him more than most other kids did.
|General Madine on the Forest Moon of Endor|
|This is the actual package from my childhood General Madine.|
It was my first look at the figures from Return of the Jedi!
It wasn't just the cardback, but having a new figure from a Star Wars movie that I hadn't seen yet was very exciting! As a result, I suspect my General Madine figure saw a lot more action that most kid's General Madine. Yeah, maybe there's nothing particularly cool about his character in the movie, but since I hadn't seen the movie yet, he was full of potential!
|My first Return of the Jedi figure: General Madine|
I think Kenner did do a good job of making his uniform look nice. Maybe the head sculpt and the paint job could have been better. His face didn't really look all that much like the actor who played him, but I suspect not many kids cared very much about that. Plus, it was close enough for a guy who was only a small step above being a background character. Even giving him a gun might have made him a little bit cooler, but he did carry that pointer in the movie. Regardless of any of that, I liked this figure when I first got him as a kid. It's difficult to imagine knowing nothing about Return of the Jedi, but if you could see General Madine through the eyes of a kid who was getting his first glimpse of the new offerings from a brand new Star Wars movie, you might like him a little bit more too!
|General Madine (Kenner, 1983)|