STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES
“The destruction of her castle has forced Maz to become more mobile and take a more hands-on (and blasters-firing) role in the turbulent criminal underworld. She offers help in the struggle against the first order by pointing the Resistance toward a mysterious new ally.”
Poor Maz Kanata was largely absent from the product for The Force Awakens, which was sort of sad, given how popular and memorable she proved to be. In the case of proper action figures, her only one was in the smaller line from Hasbro, and she was only available as part of a boxed set, packed with three previously released figures. A little annoying to say the least. Fortunately, The Last Jedi’s gone and given her a larger scale figure fairly early on. Things are looking up for good ol’ Maz!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Maz Kanata was released in the second assortment of The Last Jedi-themed Star Wars: The Black Series figures, numbered as figure 49. At first, I thought she was another straight Force Awakens figure, but her bio at the very least seems to indicate otherwise. I guess it wouldn’t be that odd for her to keep the same look for both films (it’s not like Yoda changed between Empire and Jedi). The figure stands about 4 inches tall and she has 29 points of articulation. Amongst those points of articulation are two points for each half of her goggles, which can be rotated upwards, just like we see in the movie. I was slightly bummed that the smaller figure didn’t have moving goggles, so I’m glad that was remedied here. Max’s sculpt is all-new to her, and it’s a pretty solid one at that. The body in particular has a ton of really top-notch detail work, not only getting all the layering and such of her clothing down, but all of the texturing of the fabrics and her skin as well. My only real complaint is that, comparatively, the head is a bit less detailed and all around softer looking. It’s still a good piece, of course, but it does seem slightly off compared not just to the body, but also to the other head sculpts the line’s produced recently. The paint on Maz is decent enough. Nothing really stand-out or anything, but it’s clean and seems to mostly match up with her on-screen appearance. I’m still not entirely sold on the metallic gold they used for her skin, but it’s hardly the worst choice ever. Maz includes a very similar assortment of accessories to that of her smaller figure: a blaster, Luke’s lightsaber, and the box of junk the saber was found in. The only real difference (apart from level of detail, of course) is that the blaster is now one of the standard Rebel blasters, which I believe may actually be a new piece to the line.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
When I found most of Series 2 at Target a few weeks back, I was a little disappointed that Maz was the only one missing from the bunch. A week or so later, Super Awesome Girlfriend and I were picking up a few pieces of furniture from Ikea and decided to stop by the nearest Target for a few things, and boom, there she was. And, as luck would have it, Target was even having a sale on Star Wars stuff, so I got her for a discount even! It was a long wait for this figure, but, like the Leia in this series, she was very much worth it. I’m happy to finally add her to my collection!