PUPPET MASTER: THE LEGACY can be considered either the best or the worst entry in the entire series. We begin with the beautiful thief Maclain, who breaks into the Bodega Bay Inn to steal the secret formula that gave Andre Toloun's puppets life. Instead, she finds one of Toulon's pupils, a German refugee living under the name of Eric Weiss. Her questioning brings on a heated debate over Toulon's true intentions: whether he was a selfless Nazi killer, or a cruel master to his puppet slaves. The new footage in THE LEGACY only constitutes a fraction of the film, and is used to frame a series of clips from each of the previous entries in an attempt to piece together some sort of cohesive storyline. Charles Band does as best he can to string the varying plots into a single narrative. In doing so, he removes much of the weaker exposition that littered the series, and is able to increase the puppet action using each of the best scenes at his disposal. The scenes are edited together well enough, although this naturally leads to all sorts of contradictions and inconsistencies. Newcomers to the PUPPET MASTER movies will enjoy seeing the best that the series had to offer, but longtime fans will find this entry to be entirely redundant and unnecessary.