STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“A cool and efficient leader, General Veers led the Imperial assault on Hoth, marching his AT-AT walkers across the planet’s frozen plains and destroying the massive generators powering the Rebel base’s protective energy field.”
Star Wars fans love elevating those seemingly minor characters to unexpected heights, and General Maximillian Veers is just another example of that. The guy’s in two scenes in Empire but he’s perhaps one of the most popular ranking Imperial Officers within the fanbase, and has a fully fleshed out backstory and all sorts of other media appearances. And now, he’s even got a Black Series figure, which I’ll be taking a look at today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
General Veers is the latest Walgreens-exclusive Black Series release. Samples have been showing up since early in the summer, but the proper release seems to have just started hitting in the last couple of weeks. If the precedent set by the other Walgreens-exclusive Black Series offerings is anything to go by, he shouldn’t be tricky to track down. The figure stands 6 inches tall and has 26 points of articulation. Veers, rather unsurprisingly, shares quite a few parts with the Tarkin figure. Hey, same uniform, and same basic build, so it’s definitely a sensible idea (and also goes along with the Walgreens offerings being heavy on the re-used parts). The torso’s been slightly tweaked, to ensure he has his proper denotations of rank, and he’s got a new head and some gloved hands. The head features a pretty solid likeness of actor Julian Glover. It’s not quite as remarkable as the Peter Cushing likeness, but still very, very close. The paintwork on Veers is up to the new standard with these figures. The face is using the printed technique, which works well here, and the rest of the standard paint is fairly sharp as well. Despite his rather brief appearance, Veers is notable for having two distinct appearances in the film. This figure’s accessories, a standard uniform cap, and a helmet and chest plate, allow for both of those designs to be achieved with this figure. I definitely prefer the armored look, which adds a nice unique flair to Veers, but I definitely appreciate the extra parts. He also includes a small blaster pistol, should you want to make him even more battle-ready.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I was pleasantly surprised to find this guy at one of my nearest Walgreens. Veers has always been a favorite of mine (hey, I fall into that “character-elevating Star Wars fans” category; I won’t deny it), and I was definitely looking forward to this figure. He did not disappoint. The dual looks really add a lot to him, and he’s just a very fun offering.