FINN (First Order Disguise) with Captain Phasma The Last Jedi Deluxe Action Figure 2-Packs Item No.: Asst. C1242 No. E0624 Manufacturer:Hasbro Number:n/a Includes:Pistol, Riot Baton, Cape, Backpack, Rifle, Pike, Phasma figure Action Feature:Force Link sounds Retail:$17.99 Availability:April 2018 Appearances:The Last Jedi
Bio: Finn and Rose recruited a codebreaker named DJ to help them break into the Supremacy, but ended up worsening the Resistance's situation when DJ left them behind to be captured by Phasma. (Stolen from Wookieepedia. Packaging has no bio.)
Commentary: While not one of the most popular characters as toys go, tastemakers know Finn (First Order Disguise) is a dang fine figure in a pretty great set. For a figure with five joints, Hasbro made sure it had a great range of motion along with good paint and accessories. In short, it's better than I would have expected.
This Finn is way more interesting than the single carded Finn [FOTD #2,442] last year - with the same weapon and jacket, to many fans he basically was the same figure from 2015. (He wasn't, but perception is everything.) This outfit is new, distinctive, and has a cool weapon - this is the one I wanted. Too bad it wasn't a launch toy! The arms and legs are stiff and rotate rather freely, with the soft "skirt" bits easily giving way to the legs swinging forward. It's great! This is how figures should be.
The sculpting seems to be from the same digital source as other figures in this costume, like the 6-inch one. There are differences for articulation, but they're staggeringly similar. He has no problems standing, and while I kind of wish we had better arm articulation for dueling purposes it's decent. He can still wave around his weapon, but his hat isn't removable so you can't exactly replicate the climactic anti-climax of the duel. The cap is great, though - there's a tiny First Order symbol and a lot of tiny, difficult-to-see detail in the emblem. They did a nice job here. The facial details are crisp, and while it's easy to knock at this size it's also tough to paint good eyebrows on something smaller than a peanut. I'm pretty impressed. I'm also biased, but I like it, it's different, and that's about all I can ask for. Get one if you can!
Exclusive Notes: This item was not produced for the North American - and perhaps Global - market. The item was effectively rescued from oblivion by Entertainment Earth, a story I am not at liberty to discuss at this time but hey, maybe some day.
Force Link Notes: "I'm with the Resistance." "I can disable the shields, but I have to be there." "You don't know the First Order like I do." "You want me to blast that bucket off your head?" Baton sounds. I believe most of it is from The Force Awakens.
KYLO REN (Throne Room, with display base) The Black Series 6-Inch Walmart Exclusive Item No.: No. C3222 Manufacturer:Hasbro Number:n/a Includes:Metal lightsaber hilt, metal helmet, lightsaber, display base, cloth cape Action Feature:n/a Retail:$30-$35 Availability:March 2018 (wide, showed up a few months earlier in limited numbers) Appearances:The Last Jedi
Bio: After a stinging defeat by the scavenger Rey, Kyo Ren refocuses his efforts on destroying the Resistance. Though his powers in the dark side have increased Kylo still has much to prove to his shadowy mentor, Supreme Leader Snoke. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Commentary: After more than a small delay, this Kylo Ren 6-inch action figure finally started to hit Walmart. There's no indicator as to whose exclusive it is - perhaps they weren't sure during production - but there have been exceedingly few exclusives in recent years that were ultimately hard to find in the long run. This one is like the other "premium" Luke and Rey, in that the faces have more paint, they all have big display bases, and there are cloth and metal parts now. It's better - mostly. If you got the main line's Kylo Ren [FOTD #2,454] you've already got the same body and the premium price may not be sufficient for you to double-dip. But if you don't have either? Try to get this deluxe one.
The base figure has a brighter silver belt buckle and slightly deeper, richer blacks on the body. He still has the same great elbows, wrists, ankles, and other joints that make him very flexible and great for posing in numerous poses. The main changes on the core figure are the head - it has a sort of transitional paint job that's not quite as good as the printed 2018 figures, but it has more going on than the 2017 figures. The scar looks fresher and redder, especially against his slightly darker hair and fairer skin. The eyes have a little more shading around them, and while I believe it to be the same sculpt it seems like a sharper output. It might also just be an illusion from the lighter plastic, but he looks a little lumpier and more realistic. You can see more ridges and bones - on every level, it's a harsher production piece and all the better for it.
The metal bonus parts were selling points for me. The die-cast metal helmet looks great and feels wonderful. It has silver highlights on the front and scuffing on top that looks decent. It's clearly fake scuffing, but it's nice enough and the painted helmet looks better than the molded-in-black helmets. The interior is molded plastic, and it's a tight fit over the neck peg. What's more, the lightsaber hilt is more silvery and also metal - it plugs in his belt much more easily than the plastic one last year.
The basic lightsaber is the same basic one as the regular figure, but with more light silver on it. It looks better. The only accessory here I don't prefer is the cape, since the cloth over-the-shoulder and no-clasp cloth accessory looks a little cheap and doesn't drape as well as the plastic one. It needs more to grip his neck or shoulders, so the end result isn't as good as what we had before - you may want to mix-and-match parts to make the deluxe Kylos Ren of your dreams.
The big exclusive piece is a 3-part throne base made of grey and blue plastic. It's super glossy and is going to show your finger prints, so keep that in mind. I'm sure fans will do special things to light it or make it look otherwise cool, and it works well with the figure for displaying. I need to crack open Snoke so I can connect them together still. The form fit is great and it's a wonderful design, so Walmart got a good one here. It's a pity it couldn't be a launch item so fans could make smarter decisions as to which figures to buy, when, and for which features. If you dragged your feet, go ahead and get this set - if price isn't an issue, it's a lovely improvement (and a helmet is a cooler metal extra than a hand.)
KYLO REN with display base The Black Series Centerpiece Item No.: No. E0331 Manufacturer:Hasbro Number:#03 Includes:Blade, base, antenna, flame, bolt, figure, skirt pieces, 6 foot pegs (hidden) Action Feature:Lights up Retail:$49.99 Availability:April 2018 Appearances:Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Bio: In service of Supreme Leader Snoke and the powerful First Order, Kylo Ren and a legion of stormtroopers invade Jakku in search of the star map that will lead them to the last Jedi in the galaxy, Luke Skywalker. (Taken from the packaging.)
Commentary: When I first saw the Centerpiece concept (and price point) I rolled my eyes and said "well, this isn't going anywhere good. Some concepts haven't made it out, but the very best one that I was really excited to see can now be yours with Kylo Ren. Doing new form factors raises questions like "Why?" Hasbro has sold collectors no fewer than 6 total The Black Series 6-inch Kylo Ren figures since 2015, and there's lot a lot genuinely new to offer on most - this one took advantage of the form and gave us a movie moment we haven't really seen well-represented.
This time the figure has no articulation, and you have to plug in the flowing robes to make it work. Once assembled you get some rock and ruins, plus the super-cool blaster bolt Poe Dameron shot at Kylo Ren in the opening scene of The Force Awakens. Representing the Force is a tough thing to do in toys, but this does a bang-up job showcasing one of the most memorable moments of the new movie generation so far with a bright glowing blue bolt and some red flames... plus a lamp. This is a toy that really feels like it makes use of the electronics and budget well, as opposed to Luke's weird attack run on Hoth or the not-quite-Rogue One Darth Vader. The deco is great, and the lights are bright - push the button for 12 seconds of visuals, or hold it in for a few seconds and it stays on until you push it again. It takes 3 "AAA" batteries and that seems excessive, particularly given that USB or another greener way of doing things would have been nice.
Kylo Ren lacks display options in the figure itself, but the base gives you the choice of putting one or both feet on to give him some distance from the bolt. If you're hard up for shelf space this is particularly handy. Space can be at a premium, especially now. Foot pegs under the base allow you to plug in Stormtroopers to fill out the scene, were you so inclined. I like having options.
Hasbro's sculptors did an awesome job giving Kylo Ren life with an action-oriented pose showing a quick turn and mastery of the Dark Side to save his neck. The robe textures are some of the best in this line, and moving away from cloth gives us one of the best Kylo Ren collectibles yet. He just can't move - what you see is what you get. It's amazing with amazing detail in the arms, legs, boots, helmet, hood, and everything else - but if you don't love the pose, this is pretty much it. You could also swap out another The Black Series Kylo Ren if you want, but I like this one here just fine.
While it's pretty stunning and on par with some of the statues we get - except plastic - so as a statue, it's cool and priced well. As an action figure, it's a lousy deal - a $20ish figure, minus articulation, with a $30 base with a couple of LEDs seems nutty. The final product does look excellent though - so I'd say Hasbro has justified taking your $50 here. They made something really good here - even though it's expensive. If you see it on clearance and don't buy it, I pity you. I'd even say buy it at full price and hopefully Hasbro continues the line with scene-specific takes on things you might want like Boba Fett, or something relating to Han Solo in the Carbon Freeze chamber, or (if you'd let me) a multi-figure set focusing on the Kylo Ren and Rey team-up from The Last Jedi against the Praetorian Guard. This format has potential for amazing things, if Hasbro keeps it going I bet it could turn around - much like the original 7-inch Unleashed line took a few waves to really kick off.
Packaging Notes: A significant improvement from the 2017 models, this one has a fifth panel box with velcro tabs and a ton of photography showing it off. It just looks and feels better, like Hasbro took the idea and ran with it. What we got before was the beta - this is a final release with a stronger pose and movie tie-in as opposed to the off-camera statues we got before. This is the first Centerpiece toy - and one of very few similar items even when comparing it to the Unleashed 7-inch line - modeled after a specific movie moment. It's much stronger as a result.
Commentary: There have been no shortage of Darth Maul action figures since 1999. We tend to get a new one every year or two, often with new features or functions thanks to his appearances on the cartoons. While we got a super-articulated figure loaded with joints and accessories in 2012, this one is probably better just in terms of how it looks. You can't do crazy fight poses, but it offers a surprisingly good amount of play with little filler.
First thing is first - the Sith Probe Droid is awesome, and its stand is not. Hasbro and Lucasfilm can't keep their logos straight, as the base features a "Legends" logo from an ancient Sith Empire and not the Sith symbol used in the actual movies. This sort of thing happened a lot with Republic and Empire logos, and it's not unique to Star Wars - this Transformers sign got approved with minimal research. The stand won't make or break the figure, but it's always a little painful to see this kind of thing get approved when you've got scores of people at the company crowing about what big fans they all are at conventions. This sort of thing shouldn't happen - but it's functional, and the droid is cool.
Darth Maul has 7 points of articulation and the most clever cloak I've seen on a Maul yet. It's a tight fit and splits down the middle, sliding over the arms and closing tightly enough to look like it's zipped up. Hasbro did a killer job here - the elbows on the figure can rotate so he can be posed while wearing the rubbery accessory, too. It fits his head perfectly, and doesn't hang strangely like the cloth ones often do. I love the snap-on droid controller bracelet, the lightsaber splits down the middle, and it's almost the best Darth Maul you could ever hope to get. Someone will prove me wrong some day, but for now this is one of the best tricked-out Mauls since the accessory pack in 1999 plussed up that first Jedi Duel version.
The core figure itself has a great sculpt with a sharp design for the head. Everything seems to fit in place, and he can hold the lightsaber with both hands out in front of him - a rare feat. There's not a lot you can do to improve on the design, so subtle things like painting all the horns and adding texture to the robes goes a long way to making a ho-hum core character remake into something essential. Obviously you don't need another Darth Maul, but if you're getting this set for Qui-Gon this is a fantastic Maul to get. He can swing his legs forward, the arms move nicely, and everything looks good - short of the lack of a waist joint, this feels like the kind of improvement I would have expected from Hasbro at this point in the toy line's life. Except for the droid stand. I don't think any of us could have seen that coming.
Force Link 2.0 Notes: After a firmware update, a soundalike says: "I challenge you - one warrior to another." "At last we will have our revenge." "I have been waiting for you." "Grrr." "I will make you share my pain." "You will not stand in my way. " The droid has no chip. I'm honestly quite disappointed that he and a bevy of others have sound-alikes, and not even quotes from the movie. After the firmware update, at least it generally works. Any app functionality does not seem to work with my iPad at this time - it crashes.
Commentary: I was waffling between the new movie and old movies, but since I don't know anything about the new movie I decided to look on this surprisingly great Qui-Gon Jinn figure. Hasbro has largely abandoned Lucas' era of characters, but when they revisit them we always get gems. This Qui-Gon Jinn is right up there with Target's Emperor Palpatine last year - it's wonderful! A cloak would have been nice but this taller figure with a great face sculpt is some of their best work. The hair is carefully designed so it doesn't get in the way of the neck turning, and it doesn't look vaguely like a poodle's ears like the 1999 version. It's like a tiny, decent Liam Neeson sculpture.
He's not super-articulated, but he looks better than the last super-articulated figure. He has the typical 5 joints plus rotating wrists, and this is a decent choice. His robes are more flexible, allowing him to easily sit. The hand can hold the lightsaber, while his left hand has that great Force gesture that the 6-inch figure had last year. While not identical, it's similar enough to the bigger figure to make it seem that they came from the same digital reference sculpt files.
While lacking in the level of detail of the larger figures, the sculpt is still there and most of the elements are painted similarly. This looks about as good as I could hope for a Qui-Gon figure at this size and price point, plus or minus a few joints - and at this point I'd say articulation quantity is overrated. The fists don't easily pop out and the figure can actually sit, which makes it better than many. I doubt any long-time collector actively thought they needed another Qui-Gon figure, but this is a big improvement. It's excellent - and the Maul it comes with is no slouch, either. Do yourself a favor and get this set.
HAN SOLO (Corellia, with Han Solo's Landspeeder) Solo: A Star Wars Story Class B Vehicles Pack-In Item No.: Asst. E0326 No. E1263 Manufacturer:Hasbro Number:n/a Includes:Blaster, vest, Speeder Action Feature:Force Link sounds, crash/eject action Retail:$29.99 Availability:April 2018 Appearances:Solo: A Star Wars Story
Bio: Han is cagey about where he scored this overpowered M-68 landspeeder, saying little beyond that its previous owner no longer had need of it. The M-68 is a design from the ancient core world of Corellia, now a principal starship production facility for the Galactic Empire. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Commentary: So Han Solo (Corellia) is pretty neat. He looks like a cross between an old Kenner Han Solo head and the new actor, with an outfit that looks almost 1980s/1970s in design. The dark grey shirt looks like something I saw in a few old movies, with white gloves that look like something I've seen in a lot of old magazines about racing. The pants have sculpted (but not painted) stripes and there's no holster for his small blaster. All in all, it's a good pack-in figure but at $30 I would expect a little more deco. The splatter on the boots is interesting, but not exactly Hasbro's best work.
The 5-jointed figure looks good, with a very young-looking face and a pretty nice vest. We haven't seen a lot of anything from this movie, so I can only assume it's accurate. The gloves are ornate, the vest has stripes and zippers, and even some of the stuff on his belt are painted. On his right hip are either Death Sticks or code cylinders, but they're unpainted - so I don't know. The figure has no holster for his small pistol, and there's no weapon storage in his big blue Landspeeder. I expect people will lose it.
The speeder itself is pretty nifty - it's big, it's shaped like a book. There are all kinds of buttons, levers, and switches and I love that. The deco is nice, the size is good, but as a toy it's a mixed bag. Hasbro has been weak about including wheels - now I know there are no wheels in the movie, but this is a toy in the kid's line. Considering its crumplezone that sends the driver figure flying, wheels would be great as a play feature. While it earns points in authenticity, it looses some for fun. You'll love its weird look and cobbled-together feel, and the scraped paint and wacky spoiler are nothing to sneeze at. On clearance, this should be your first purchase. At full price, it's neat but uninspired. If you picked up Attack of the Clones Anakin or Zam speeders, it's like a bigger, better version of those. It has enough kid features to irritate collectors and enough collector features to irritate kids. Han can sit in it just fine, and depending on how you pose him he flies out pretty nicely.
I'm a huge sucker for vehicles an this sees to be one of Hasbro's better-scaled offerings. It's big, it's spacious, it has room for two figures. I would have loved a storage compartment for weapons and wheels, but all we got are an ejector seat and seating for two. As I write this I can't test its Force Link 2.0 features because the band locks you out of anything without a firmware update, and the app isn't up yet. This basically means the entire feature is "bricked" once your phone or smart device dies and stops being compatible with the app. This is just rotten - but the toy itself is still nice if you can get it for the right price.
Packaging Notes: Because someone is deserving of less employment, this vehicle shipped in a case with a repack of the A-Wing from the last movie - in a red box. So it looks pretty much identical to the one on clearance before the movie line launched, meaning we're going to see a pile-up of the previous movie's toys because Hasbro made new product with new UPCs and SKUs again just like we saw with Rogue One. This is poor, poor planning.
SANDTROOPER with Dewback The Force Awakens The Black Series 6-Inch Deluxe Figures Item No.: No. E0333 Manufacturer:Hasbro Number:#04 Includes:Lizard, trooper, prod, saddle, rifle Action Feature:n/a Retail:$59.99 Availability:April 2018 Appearances:Star Wars
Bio: Sandtroopers dispatched to desert worlds wear specialized gear and are nicknamed sandtroopers. Sandtroopers ewar standard stormtrooper armor augmented with cooling units, a helmet sand filter, and a survival backpack with extra rations and water. While hunting for the Death Star plans on Tatooine, sandtroopers used native dewbacks as mounts. Rugged reptiles with thick hides, dewbacks are plodding but reliable mounts. When prodded by their riders, they are capable of brief bursts of surprising speed. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Commentary: The Dewback with Sandtrooper is a must-have. The trooper itself isn't the best thing you've ever seen, but it's good enough. The Dewback seems like someone realized Hasbro was charging too much for the toy and decided to take full advantage of the price point with far more moving parts than you need. The Han/Tauntaun and Luke/Wampa sets were $40 but you could see where Hasbro cut a few corners to deliver at the price - and they did a great job, too. With the Dewback you can tell they just went for it, and we are all winners as a result.
The Sandtrooper is a new or changed mold, built on the design from the previous troopers. This time it has a grey, dirty pauldron that matches the kinda weirdly dark brown stains on the armor. The armor itself doesn't match the others - they're white, this is an off-white, almost pre-yellowed look. The older Sandtroopers were stark, opaque things while this has a hint of transparency to it. On a shelf together, this one looks like it doesn't quite fit - its joints are a little smoother and easier to manipulate, and the legs spread out a bit wider to fit on the saddle. The fingers are incredibly tight, difficult to wrap around the bridle or a rifle.
The torso is sculpted a little differently here, with some elements being relocated or in different shapes. Little circles are bigger, boxes are a bit more bulky. It's not the same piece - but it's close. The belt also looks a bit different, making this a surprisingly altered mold for some reason. I don't know why they'd do it - it's better than the old one as range of motion goes, but only barely. The decals on the helmet are changed a bit, with the cheek grey symbols having vents this time. The black outline on the "ear" grey bits have been dropped. I doubt you'd notice unless you live and breathe trooper variations, but this sort of thing and missing button deco on the ammo pouches are the kinds of things that stick out in a side-by-side comparison.
The Dewback itself is a bizarre triumph, mixing new and old versions of the creature. There are jointed claws. There are rocker ankles. The front legs have lateral joints. The tail moves. The mouth opens, and there's an articulated tongue. It's good. The sculpted detail seems to lean heavily on the old Kenner toy with feet that don't quite seem to be the chicken legs of the special editions, but they don't match any existing incarnation perfectly. It's a new thing, and it works - the head and the mouth are so close to the original Kenner toy and movie puppet that most fans are going to just love it in spite of the stubby tail and possibly truncated proportions. It sort of hews close to Sideshow's design, but there's more going on here than that.
The "hair" on the back isn't particularly convincing, but the overall design is good and I like it. If you look at it as an interpretation of the movie creature rather than a perfect replica, it's a great display piece. In an era that calls for extreme authenticity, I can see some may find this upsetting. I dig it. We're probably only going to get the one Dewback, and it's nice Hasbro worked with Lucasfilm to give us all something that tries to incorporate multiple designs in a single piece. It's a weird creature, so it only makes sense that the toys continue to be a little strange too. I like this bunches, and the sculpted scales are some of my favorite work on any Kenner or Hasbro toy. And I've got a lot of Kenner and Hasbro toys.
It's cooler than the Speeders and meatier than the Wampa and Tauntaun. When you get this in your hands, you can't help but be impressed by the abundance of scales and the classic head design. It's one of those toys that I could see being ran short and fans paying $100 for in a few years, happily, just because it's a substantially nice piece that you can play around with more than your average big creature. Also: what wouldn't I give for a Bantha in this scale.
PORGS Debut The Force Awakens The Black Series 6-Inch Scale Figures Item No.: No. E4254 Manufacturer:Hasbro Number:#n/a Includes:2 Porgs Action Feature:n/a Retail:$7.99 Availability:March 2018 Appearances:Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Bio: Small. Mimicking. Mischievous. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Commentary: When a new Star Wars movie comes out, it seems more and more the film comes and goes with a lot of "what about that guy?" characters. We got one lone 3 3/4-inch bird, and the 6-inch scale Porgs - which would have been a great accessory for Luke, Chewbacca, or Rey (or heck, R2-D2) - were announced as a late-addition one-off in a tiny box. Tiny. These little guys are about the size of a Minecraft or Bit Figs figure, and are priced similarly to Mattel's kid-driven mini-figures. Typically random blind-boxed or capsule toy minis were anywhere from 25 cents to a dollar, while Hasbro and Mattel's would range from $1-$3.50. Since these have paint and articulation, they cost a bit more - they're not bad. They're just kind of ridiculous products that are hard to merchandise given there's no hang tag and the only place they'd really fit are in Target's seasonal Spring toy section.
Each figure is painted well, one has four points of articulation and is a total gem. The other is a slug figure and a bit of a bore. I kind of wish Hasbro just put two of the jointed one in the box - he has swivel legs and teeny-tiny ball joints for his wings. These allow the wings to be out flapping or tucked in to the body. Hasbro deserves massive credit for whoever cut the joints in this figure, it's not easy to do and it works nearly perfectly. It stands, it flaps, it's adorable plus sports big black eyes and painted nostrils. You'll even see painted claws on the tips of the webbed toes. It's a tiny figure, and it's expensive for the size, but it's good. It seems unlikely a better figure could be made at this size with current manufacturing techniques, and while a neck joint would be cool I assume you'd lose some of the pudgy look and stability.
Meanwhile, the "sitting" Porg looks great and has a cute pose. It does nothing but sit - there are no joints, no feet. It's a bowling pin. Hasbro clearly put all the money in paint, ensuring the feathers look good even though they have a little less yellow. You can see specks and flecks in the fluff, and the expression is cute. The painted mouth and nostrils look great, with rings of color subtly framing the eyes.
The tiny box is only barely larger than a box of raisins, making it the smallest packaging for The Black Series and one of the smallest Star Wars non-micro toy boxes of all time. As of my writing this I don't know which stores will actually stock this tiny, oddly-shaped item but if you come across it? Go ahead and get it. It's cute, it's neat.
RANGE TROOPER Debut The Force Awakens The Black Series 6-Inch Figure Item No.: Asst. B3834 No. E1204 Manufacturer:Hasbro Number:#64 Includes:Blaster Pistol Action Feature:n/a Retail:$19.99 Availability:April 2018 Appearances:Solo: A Star Wars Story
Bio: The Imperial expansion requires the settlement of vital operations on remote outpost worlds. These frntier Stormtroopers form the bckbone of stubborn defense against would-be thieves or pirates. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Commentary: The last figure I opened was the Range Trooper. As of my writing this, I don't know what his deal is other than he looks like an upgraded Snowtrooper, which seems backward given the movie takes place before their first appearance. The chest armor and kama look similar to the 1980 movie's Hoth soldiers, but the other elements pull from a variety of inspirations. That helmet looks like some of the variants we've seen in Rogue One and Revenge of the Sith. It's the first figure I've seen with a gold visor, and the code cylinders on his arms also seem like something I've never seen on a trooper before. This looks more like a customized leader than a rank-and-file cannon fodder type, mostly because of things like that. It has more personality than most troopers this side of the Grand Army of the Republic.
There's a big furry collar that sits over his shoulders, and there's an indentation behind his helmet that looks like a plastic one could have been glued there at one point. I could see it fitting in - and it might have looked cool. The faux-wool-lined "skirt" looks great, with some of the best soft and furry texturing we've seen on this scale of figure. Padded layers, scuffs, and dirt indicate the trooper may have seen some action, with boots that look like some sort of cybernetic enhancement. This makes them a little less stable as feet, but the boxy boots look different than anything we've seen on a humanoid Star Wars figure so far. They're also, sadly, clean and kind of boring in terms of deco. Scuffed paint or elements of grease would be cool, just to give us an idea of what they are and how they work. Little blue and red marks near the calf muscle look neat, but are easy to miss.
Articulation is fine, but with a bulky figure he doesn't benefit from the range of motion on Han or Lando. Rather, the arms do get to bend more than the usual 90 degrees, but only just barely. The kama restricts leg movement, and the arms' bulk prevent it from looking cool when double-gripping the variant Stormtrooper blaster. You can get cool poses out of this guy, but it's not all it could be. I love its personality and general vibe, but it's not as finger-friendly as the other figures from the wave. Once I get a decent pose, I don't want to mess with it. Other figures seem to offer a lot of great options, while this one just isn't as well-crafted in terms of articulation. Deco and sculpting are still good, but the design may be at fault for making it less fun than young Han Solo, and I don't even assume I'm going to love young Han Solo once I see the movie. I hope so, though!
It's good enough. If you're looking for amazing, look elsewhere - the budget went in to making you a good-looking figure. It's just not a lot of fun.
GRAND MOFF TARKIN Bigger The Force Awakens The Black Series 6-Inch Figure Item No.: Asst. B3834 No. E1202 Manufacturer:Hasbro Number:#63 Includes:IT-0O Interrogation Droid Action Feature:n/a Retail:$19.99 Availability:April 2018 Appearances:Star Wars
Bio: An ambitious, ruthless proponent of military power, Wilhuff Tarkin became a favorite of Emperor Palpatine and rose rapidly through the Imperial ranks. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
...oh I need to write more? Very well. Reusing arms and legs from Grand Admiral Thrawn, Tarkin makes good use of Hasbro's new facial printing technique to get an increasingly lifelike look on this Peter Cushing figure. The outfit is more grey than green, and just feels "right." The only things I don't love - the figure doesn't include the better-range elbows we got on New Han and New Lando, and there are pin holes in his pants that are a little unsightly. Otherwise? Exquisite. The new facial printing makes up for a lot, and if Hasbro reissued the first few years of main characters with the new face paint you'd buy them all over again. Seriously, who wouldn't throw down $20 for a revised Harrison Ford or Carrie Fisher?
26 meaningful points of articulation await you, but he's not going to sit. So far that isn't a problem, the lack of playsets or vehicles for figures means they're just going to stand around and look cool. Tarkin can be posed to look down at Leia, or posed gesturing to his crew. He's posed so he can hold a blaster, but includes no such weapon. He's even got separate trigger fingers if you're so inclined to give him a gun, but it's also kind of fascinating to think of what this means. For years we've been trained to expect almost every action figure has a gun or a sword - some weapon, anyway. Tarkin doesn't. He's a bad guy who's old, grey, and intimidating as Hell. He has an extra accessory, but it's almost a separate figure - the man himself has everything he needs to impose his vision of order right in that head of his. The likeness is stupendous, and while I assume Hasbro will have a better version in 20 years this i right up there with the high-end figures. Or rather, it's probably the best I could possibly imagine getting from an American toy company at any price, let alone about $20.
The bonus droid is a fine bonus, but it's not perfect. Comparing it to the movie prop, a lot of deco is missing - some of which is pretty significant. The tools are rounded off or generally altered, shortened, or simplified. The syringe is all silver now, with no clear. The tongs are loops. It's good enough, but if someone got a license for high-end 1:12-scale replica parts this is something that could benefit from a do-over with differing safety standards and budgets. I'm not saying it's worth $20, but it might be if you want perfection. As a bonus with a $20 figure, it has a clear stand and a jointed base for "posing." It's really good, but a few pennies of paint this could've been way cooler.
This is a figure for collectors, and you collectors are going to dig this. I'm sure it could be more perfect, but for the price point and overall quality I'm impressed. It's a real honest-to-goodness nearly perfect take on the character, and I'm glad he turned out well enough where I doubt any of us are going to demand a do-over. Pink slippers joke for SDCC goes here. Anyway, get one if you see it. Even if it's a few bucks extra, just get it.