STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“Rio Durant has carried out dangerous operations alongside the scoundrel Tobias Beckett for years. The good-natured Ardennian pilot is up for any challenge, not unlike his young counterpart Han Solo.”
What do Rio Durant and head Mandolorian Pre Vizla have in common? Well, in addition to both being characters from the prequel era of Star Wars, they’re also both voiced by director Jon Favreau, who will once more be returning to the world of Star Wars for the TV-bound The Mandalorian. But, let’s stay focused on the here and now! It’s time to look at this here Rio Durant action figure!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Rio is figure 77 in the Black Series line-up, the final of the four Solo figures, and the final figure in general in the latest assortment of Black Series figures. Rio’s seen here in his basic pilot’s gear, which is really the only prominent look he’s got. Fortunately, it’s a good one. The figure stands 4 3/4 inches tall and he has 41 points of articulation. All those extra arms sure do help him keep that articulation count high! Rio’s sculpt is an all-new affair, and it’s a top-notch one, just like the rest of this assortment. As with L3, the figure really benefits from having waited until all of the final designs were available, thus allowing him to be as screen-accurate as possible. He’s pretty much a pitch-perfect recreation of the on-screen design, and there’s a lot of very sharp detail work going on here. Additionally, the articulation has been very nicely implemented, so he’s really, really posable. They’ve even wisely given his holster an easy to pop-out plug, thereby removing the potential of restricting his hip joint on that leg. It’s simple, but one of the more inventive things I’ve seen Hasbro implement on these figures. Rio’s paintwork is clean, bold, and eye-catching. There’s some slight weathering on his belt and jumpsuit, plus some pretty subtle accent work on his exposed skin, giving him a nice real-world-quality. Rio is packed with a blaster pistol, a larger blaster rifle, and a removable pair of goggles, making him one of the best accessorized figures in the assortment. The rifle in particular is one of my favorites from the line, just because of how unique and different it is.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Rio was one of my favorite parts of Solo, and like L3, I was a little bummed that he wasn’t among any of the earlier offerings. As a whole, this assortment had quite a few figures that were very high on my want list, and Rio still found himself near the top of the list. A lot of great work went into this guy, and he continues the Solo sub-line’s trend of just being really darn good. I’m happy to have finally rounded out Beckett’s crew, and even happier that it was with such a great figure.