ADMIRAL ACKBAR & FIRST ORDER OFFICER
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
Star Wars fandom has a tendency to latch onto certain characters, and blow there contributions way out of proportion. The biggest example of this is, of course, Boba Fett, but coming up close behind has got to be Admiral Ackbar. Ackbar’s big claim to fame is a unique design and one highly memorable line. Pretty much the only difference between him and Nien Numb (introduced in the same movie, and with about the same amount of screen time) is that Ackbar actually spoke English. Despite all of this, there was a sizable chunk of people who were genuinely angry that Ackbar’s role in The Last Jedi was that of a background character….just like he has been for his entire existence. I personally was happy to see him again in whatever role they could give him, and even happier to see him get a new action figure out of the whole thing.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Admiral Ackbar and his pack mate, a generic First Order Officer, were released in a Toys R Us-exclusive two-pack as part of Hasbro’s Star Wars: The Black Series.
“Ackbar became a Grand Admiral in the New Republic, winning many victories, including the pivotal Battle of Jakku. He retired to Mon Cala but was coaxed back into service with the Resistance by Leia Organa.”
Ackbar is no stranger to action figures, but this is his first time in the 6-inch scale. He’s seen here in his uniform from The Last Jedi, which is different from his TFA uniform, which was in turn different from his RotJ uniform. Each time, it seems his uniform’s gotten a bit less unique. I don’t dislike his Last Jedi design, but Ackbar is really just wearing the same togs as everyone else. The figure stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 27 points of articulation, which includes an articulated jaw. Pretty swanky. Ackbar’s sculpt is new to him, and it’s certainly impressive. The best work is definitely on his head and forearms, which capture the prosthetics from the film quite nicely. The head in particular does a great job of working in the jaw movement without disrupting the sculpt too much. The rest of the figure is decently handled. The uniform features the appropriate texturing and such, and the proportions match up well with the head and hands. Because of the way the waist articulation is implemented, the overhanging flap on his jacket is cut off at the belt, which looks a little goofy and is hard to get properly aligned when posing him. The paint on this figure follows the example of the sculpt. The most impressive work is on the head and hands, which get a decent amount of accent work and the like. The body is certainly passable, but there’s no accenting on any of the uniform, which looks a bit goofy and cheap. Ackbar is packed with a standard rebel blaster, which he can hold in his right hand.
FIRST ORDER OFFICER
This is a figure we’ve seen most of before. With the exception of the head, he’s identical to the First Order Disguise Finn figure. Obviously, it’s a sensible re-use, and a great way of justifying the totally unique tooling for Ackbar. Anyway, I liked Finn, so I like this figure. His new head is suitably generic, so if you wanted to get a few of these, it wouldn’t look too terrible. It’s got a slight resemblance to Vinnie Jones in my eyes, but I hardly mind that (even if it is a bit goofy to see such a head on such a scrawny body). The paint on this guy is pretty much comparable to Finn’s, with the obvious changes to the head. The face is a little sloppy, but the faded hair actually looks pretty decent. Like Finn, this guy includes the small blaster pistol and removable hat. He loses the riot baton, but I’m guessing those aren’t standard issue for officers.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I saw this set once before the movie’s release. I’d just dropped a bunch of money on figures the day before, so I decided to hold off. Then I didn’t see the set anywhere for a month, and I started to worry a bit. Fortunately, it showed back up, and I was able to snag one last month while on a trip out and about. Ackbar’s the definite draw, and he’s a solid figure. Not 100% sold on this particular costume, but it certainly could be worse. The Officer’s not really anything special, but he’s a decent figure nonetheless and a welcome addition to my First Order ranks.