STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“A Gand bounty hunter, Zuckuss heeded the Empire’s call for mercenaries to locate the Millennium Falcon and bring her fugitive crew to justice, receiving his orders on the bridge of Darth Vader’s Super Star Destroyer.”
I’ve established a loose ranking of Empire Strikes Back’s bounty hunters throughout my various Black Series reviews of them, and if you’ve been following those, you’ll know that my top three slots (IG-88, Bossk, and 4-LOM) have already been covered. So, where does that leave today’s entry, Zuckus? I’d probably stick him in the number 4 slot, though it’s largely due to his pairing with 4-LOM. It just feels odd to break those two up. And, it would seem that Hasbro agrees, since they always release them in close proximity to each other.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Zuckuss is a Disney Store-exclusive Star Wars: The Black Series offering, who started showing up within the last month. He is one of three exclusives for the line that all hit at the same time, and he’s another displaced TRU-exclusive, though there was evidently enough time to at least remove the sticker from him. The figure is 5 1/2 inches tall (Zuckuss was the shortest of the Bounty Hunters) and he has 26 points of articulation. Zuckuss is a brand-new sculpt, and he falls back a bit more on the earlier Black Series tendency for mixed media affairs. He’s got an underlying sculpt, with a cloth robe over top, and an overlay piece holding it all together. It’s all *technically* removable, but it’s gonna be a pain to get it off and back on, and he underlying body isn’t really designed to be seen, so I elected to leave mine in place. while some of the earlier mixed-media offerings from this line were a bit iffy in execution, I think it works out a lot better with this figure. The cloth sections are definitely better tailored on this figure than prior figures, and the additional overlay piece helps to keep everything more properly shaped. As far as visible sculpted pieces, the head and hands definitely show some very strong work; the texturing on the gloves is quite realistic, and the head matches nicely not only with his on-screen appearance, but also pairs well with the prior 4-LOM figure. The bulk of the paintwork on Zuckuss is on the head, which has a dark wash to help bring out its details. After so many figures without any such detailing, it’s nice to see Hasbro returning to it. Zuckuss’s only accessory is his distinctive blaster, which fits nicely in his hand. It’s a little bit on the smaller side, but given all of the other work that’s been put into this figure, it’s acceptable.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Since picking up 4-LOM, I’ve been anxiously awaiting Zuckuss’s release. After a particularly bad day at work, Super Awesome Fiancee was looking to cheer me up, so she took me to the closest Disney Store, where I had no trouble finding him. He’s a fun figure, and he brings us one step closer to a complete line-up of the Executor Bounty Hunters!