STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES
For the 18th day of my post-Christmas reviews, I’m ducking into the galaxy far, far away for a quick stop. This time around, I’m heading back to the original trilogy and looking at the best trap-detecting commanding officer in the whole Rebellion, Admiral James Tiberius Ackbar. No, he’s not really James Tiberius Ackbar, but that felt appropriately Admiralitorial. Onto the figure!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Admiral Ackbar is part of Walmart’s current exclusive Star Wars: The Black Series. His assortment (which also included Lando Calrissian, Ahsoka Tano, and a Royal Guard) hit around Rogue Friday. Ackbar is a re-release of the previous The Vintage Collection Ackbar. I don’t have that figure, so this one’s new to me. Yay! The figure stands about 4 inches tall and he has 18 points of articulation. He’s based on Ackbar’s Return of the Jedi look which, at the time of the original figure’s release, was the only Ackbar design (since then, he’s appeared in both Clone Wars and The Force Awakens). It’s a very good recreation of his on-screen design. In fact, it’s probably one of Hasbro’s best Star Wars sculpts, even seven years after its initial release. The best part is definitely the head sculpt, which perfectly captures Ackbar’s distinctive head prosthetics. The paintwork on Ackbar is solidly handled. Like yesterday’s Spider-UK, Ackbar showcases a definite step-up in the overall paint application from Hasbro. There are some slight differences on this guy’s paint compared to his TVC figure The black details on his head and hands are a bit less subtle, which is a slight detractor, but the rest of the paint is a lot bolder and crisper, which makes him just look a lot better put together. Ackbar is packed with a baton and the control panel from his ship (which is rather on the random side, but better than nothing, I suppose).
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Ackbar was a Christmas gift given to me by my Super Awesome Girlfriend. We’ve been playing through Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Jess particularly loved Ackbar’s extra sassy personality in the game, dubbing him “Sassbar.” When she found out there was a new Sassbar figure out, she told me I had to get it. True to form, she went the extra mile and actually got him for me. I’ve always had a soft spot for the good admiral, and I gotta say, this is easily one of the best Star Wars figures Hasbro’s ever put out there. He certainly warranted the re-release, and I’m happy it allowed me to get him!