STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“Crude and slovenly, Dengar was nonetheless an effective bounty hunter. While some hunters prided themselves on finesse and style, Dengar preferred firepower and destruction.”
Every group has to have their weak link; the unfavorite; the guy on the receiving end of every pot-shot. Well, in the case of Empire’s distinctive band of bounty hunters, that person is undoubtedly, without question today’s focus: Dengar. Be it his less put-together appearance, his nature as a schlubby-looking middle-aged guy, or perhaps the fact that he appears to have wrapped himself in toilet paper, Dengar’s a character that doesn’t quite inspire the same cool factor as the rest of the group. But, like so many weak links before him, he gets to ride along on everyone else’s coat tails, which means he has the same number of figures as all of the others. And now, following the trend, he’s also got a Black Series figure.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Dengar is figure 74 in the Black Series line-up, and is the first of the three OT-based figures in this latest assortment. As I touched on in the intro, he completes our line-up of Executor Bounty Hunters, which is a pretty big deal for a large portion of the fanbase. Dengar stands 6 inches tall and has 27 points of articulation. His sculpt is unique, of course, and, as much as Dengar is a bit of mess design-wise, the sculpt is certainly a well-put-together mess…if that makes any sense. The piecemeal nature of his design allows for Hasbro to put a good deal of smaller sculpted details. The head wrappings and the actual head are separate from each other, which I believe is a first for this Dengar. It certainly looks nice, and gives his face a slightly less lumpy quality than prior Dengars. His face actually looks stern and determined, not goofy and schlubby, so he seems a little less out of place with the rest of the group in that regard. Something that really impressed me about the sculpt was how little it interferes with his range of motion. I had expected for him to be severely limited, as is usually the case with Dengar figures, but this guy can definitely get in some decent posing. I mean, he won’t be pulling off any Spider-Man poses, but it’s certainly serviceable. Dengar’s paintwork is a little cleaner than I’d expected, but upon comparing him to his on-screen counterpart, not too far off from the real thing. He’s got enough wear and tear to make him believable and augment the sculpt well enough. As will all the new human characters, he’s got a printed face, which includes the nasty scar running across it. He lacks the burn scarring that he appears to have in the film, but it’s a relatively minor detail, so I can kind of forgive it. In an assortment of somewhat lightly packed figures, Dengar is actually pretty darn well accessorized. He has a larger blaster rifle, a blaster pistol, and a very detailed back pack. It’s all stuff we see him with in the film’s one scene that features him, so obviously accurate, but that hasn’t stopped prior Dengars from lacking them, so it’s nice that nothing was cut.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I feel maybe I was a little harsh on Dengar up in the intro. I’ve never had much of an affinity for the character, and I’d easily rank him as my least favorite of the Bounty Hunters from Empire. With that said, I was still looking forward to this figure quite a bit, thanks to Hasbro’s accelerated efforts to complete the line-up in the last year. The high of 4-LOM and Zuckuss and how awesome they were did a lot to give me some extra excitement for a character that might not have otherwise been too keen to pick up. Despite my misgivings about his whole design, Hasbro’s definitely put in the effort to make him a good figure, and the end result is a fun toy that will no doubt please any Dengar fans out there. Because there has to be someone *somewhere* right?