SUPREME LEADER SNOKE — THRONE ROOM
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“The Shadowy commander of the First Order, Supreme Leader Snoke prefers to operate from a distance, looming over his underlings in the form of an immense hologram. As the First Order rallies, this master of the Dark Side emerges from the shadows to seize victory.”
Hey, you guys wanna talk about something that’s not at all divisive in the slightest? Well, than I’m afraid you’ve come to the wrong place, because not only am I looking at a Last Jedi figure, but I’m looking at one of the most divisive characters in the movie, one Supreme Leader Snoke. I long for the days when I was just reviewing Captain Phasma figures…
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Supreme Leader Snoke was a GameStop-exclusive Black Series offering…well, this specific release was, anyway. The actual Snoke figure, sans the big throne, was released as part of the main Black Series line-up as well. More on that later. The figure stands 7 inches tall and he has 31 points of articulation. His sculpt is unique to him because, quite frankly, who else would you use it for? The head and hands are the best parts to be sure, matching up pretty nicely with Snoke’s actual look from the movie. The details are sharp and well-defined, and he definitely looks unique. The majority of his sculpt isn’t actually meant to be seen, because like yesterday’s Zuckuss figure, Snoke is a mixed media affair. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work out quite as well for him as it did for the Zuckster. Snoke looks like an old guy in a worn out bathrobe. Not exactly the most imposing look, and certainly on the goofier side when compared even to his on-screen counterpart. There’s just something about the way the bone sits, and the way the stitching is frayed, and how it’s fitted to him, that just makes him look like something of a lumpy mess. I understand the need for the cloth robe, especially with the throne and everything, but the execution just isn’t there. His paintwork is at least respectable. His exposed skin has a nice variety of coloring and detailing to it, which accents the best parts of the sculpt. The main line’s version of Snoke was without accessories, but the big selling point of this release was his thone. It’s a sizable piece, with some really sharp detail work. And, even if you don’t like Snoke, it’s a generic enough design to work for all sorts of crazed fictional despots.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I honestly don’t have any attachment to Snoke as a character. That extends back to his appearance in TFA. So, his appearance in TLJ didn’t exactly excite me into a toy-buying frenzy. But you’ve read the review, and you know I bought this sucker already. You may ask me “how did you get here?” And you may ask me “my god, what have you done?” Well, the answer to both of those Talking Heads-esque questions lies in Hasbro’s poor line management. The nature of Snoke’s role in TLJ was, of course, kept rather in the dark, but given how TFA ended, they undoubtedly thought he was going to be very prominent, so they released him two different ways: with and without the throne. Presumably, they thought this would be necessary to meet all of that crazy Smoke demand out there. And then the movie came out, and there were two widely available releases of the same basic figure, based on a character that most people didn’t have a whole lot of reason to buy, so neither release moved particularly well. This one specifically lingered, what with the higher price tag and the whole “shipping in cases of himself”, and perhaps the fact that the corresponding Kylo exclusive didn’t show up for another couple of months. Anyway, the point is, Snoke ended up on super clearance at Super Awesome Fiancee’s store, so I ended up getting him for just a few dollars. Snoke himself is okay, but not terribly impressive. The throne, on the other hand, is actually pretty darn cool, and it’s potential for outside use makes it really worth the purchase.