STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“Beckett is a survivor, always quietly working out angles to come out ahead. He’s assembled a team of specialized scoundrels to carry out risky but profitable heists.”
In a lot of ways, Solo doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. Fortunately for fans of the movie, The Black Series is one place it does get its proper due…or at least is going to in the very near future. We’ve already gotten the young versions of Han, Chewbacca, and Lando, as well as Qi’ra and the Range Trooper. Following those up, is Han’s mentor, Mal Reynolds knowledge and generally Woody Harrelson-esque dude, Tobias Beckett!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Tobias Beckett is figure 68 in Hasbro’s The Black Series line-up. He shipped in the early fall assortment of the line, alongside Bespin Han and the Rebel Fleet Trooper. Beckett is seen here in his standard heist gear, which he wears from the train heist onward. While I was definitely a fan of his Imperial disguise look, this is his main appearance, and is definitely the best choice for this figure. The figure stands 6 inches tall and has 27 points of articulation. Beckett’s sculpt is unique to this figure. It’s a pretty decent offering, though I think when compared to the really strong offerings we’ve gotten so far from the Solo stuff, he’s maybe a little more rudimentary. It’s mostly how the articulation is worked into it; the mid-torso joint in particular is a little jarring, as are the hips. In addition, the double holsters are rather restricting to the hip movement, making the awkward joints seem even more unnecessary. On the plus side, his long coat hides a lot of this, and is one of my favorite parts of the sculpt. His likeness is a decent match for Harrelson. The hair, which is a separate piece, is a little bulky, but it’s still a respectable handling of his somewhat scraggly hair from the movie, especially at this scale. The paintwork on Becket is pretty decent, but again, seems like a very slight step down from the other Solo figures. He’s got a printed face, but it seems a little blurrier than other figures. It’s still pretty solid, though, and his general color scheme matches up well with his on-screen appearance. Beckett is packed with his pair of revolver-style blasters, which can either be held or stowed in his holsters. They’re some of the best detailed weapons from this line, continuing the upward trend of the weapons in this line.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Beckett was a little bit illusive, mostly due to a general lingering of the preceding assortment at retail. But, I was fortunate enough to find him at a somewhat less-travelled Walmart, so ah-ha! I liked Beckett a lot, so I’m glad to finally have him in figure form. He’s the weakest of the Solo figures so far, but seeing as the Solo figures have been consistently my favorite Black Series figures of late, that doesn’t really hinder him. I look forward to getting the rest of his crew!