STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES
It’s day 5 of the Post-Christmas gift reviews, and today I’ll be looking at the first example of one of the themes to my gifts this year: Star Wars. I can’t possibly imagine why that was the case. It’s not like there was a new movie or something. Of course, today’s figure isn’t from The Force Awakens, he’s actually from the original trilogy.
Empire Strikes Back is a lot of people’s favorite Star Wars movie (Not mine, but that’s a whole other thing). There are a number of reasons for that, but one of the most prevalent, especially from a toy-buying perspective, is the bounty hunters. Moving past the disproportionately popular Boba Fett, the film introduced five rather unique bounty hunters, all of whom do little more than fill the background of a scene on a Star Destroyer. Still, those unique looks certainly made them all pretty memorable, and it also made them pretty good choices for action figures. One of my personal favorites has always been IG-88, who is the focus of today’s review.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
IG-88 is a part of Series 9 of Hasbro’s Star Wars: The Black Series line, released alongside Leia as Boushh and Clone Commander Cody. He was one of the last figures to hit before the switch-over to Force Awakens-branded product. IG-88 is numbered 15, which places him right before Leia numerically. The figure stands just shy of 7 inches tall and has 21 points of articulation, which is pretty darn impressive for a character of his build. There are certainly some parts that might benefit from improved movement (seriously, those cut-joint hips are killing me), but he’s overall a lot more mobile than I would have expected. IG-88’s sculpt is seriously top notch. It’s pretty much a pitch-perfect recreation of the design from Empire, right down to all the little tacked on bits. Perhaps the only inaccuracy is the head, which is generally a bit sharper, and has a few more molded lines than the real thing. However, the end result looks a bit better, so I can’t really complain on that one. His elbows both have a rubber covering to mask the joints. It looks cool, and it retains mobility, but I do have to wonder how long those pieces will last. His bandolier is a separate piece, affixed via a small peg on the figure’s shoulder. It sits nicely, ans allows for stowage of one of his guns and his bladed item. The paintwork on this figure is probably the best I’ve seen on a Black Series figure in some time. To be fair, this does seem like a hard paintjob to screw up, but this is Hasbro we’re talking about here. He actually goes beyond the simple gun metal grey we’ve seen on prior IG-88s and some brasses and browns, to give him that nice old and worn look. IG-88 is packed with two blaster rifles, one long and one short, which can be attached to his hands through use of the small pegs on his forearms. He also has a blade/axe thing, which can be placed in its spot on the bandolier. All of the extras are very nicely sculpted and wonderful additions to the figure.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
While I was fortunate enough to stumble across his series-mate Leia at an out of the way Walgreens, I had no such luck finding IG-88. Fortunately, my parents seemed to fair a little better, as he was amongst the gifts I received on Christmas morning. He’s a pretty stellar figure, from start to finish. The sculpt and the paint really work together on this guy, and he ends up being one of the best figures to date that The Black Series has spawned.