STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“Growing up, Ezra learned to trust no one and to rely on his street smarts – and subconcious Force abilities – to survive. This all changes with his introduction to the crew of the Ghost, a small band of rebels fighting back against the Empire. Ezra comes to believe in their cause, and sees that he can help change the galaxy for the better.”
Cartoons have been a part of the Star Wars universe since the mid-point of the much maligned Holiday Special, and they’ve been a part of the toyline since Droids and Ewoks, but it wasn’t until 2003’s The Clone Wars that we really faced the dilemma of how to handle animation-based figures in terms of integrating them with the rest of the line. Clone Wars set the precedent of “why not both?” and that’s pretty much been the standard since. The cast of Star Wars: Rebels were initially only released in their animation accurate forms, but Hasbro has subsequently worked them into The Black Series one by one. The latest is the character that’s ostensibly the main character of the show, Ezra Bridger.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Ezra Bridger is figure 86 in the Black Series line-up and is part of the latest assortment of figures. He’s packed alongside fellow Ghost crew-member Chopper, plus Obi-Wan, and Aphra and her companion droids. The figure stands 5 1/4 inches tall and he has 27 points of articulation. Ezra’s based on his Season 1/2 appearance, though like the prior animation figures, it’s a real-world take on his design. I find that his translation to a real-world look was slightly more successful than Kanan, though I’d say it’s partially due to Ezra being younger, and therefore being slightly more excusable with an ever so slightly cartoony appearance. I feel like his eyes could stand to be just a touch lower on the head, but beyond that, he’s fairly realistic, and his sculpt handles things nicely. His articulation is fairly well integrated and for the most part has a solid range, but it’s worth noting that his hips are rather on the restricted side, due to the belt straps and their placement. It’s not awful, and it’s not like we haven’t seen issues like this before in the line, but it’s a shame there’s not an easy fix for it. Ezra’s paintwork is all pretty decent. It’s mostly just base color work, but it gets it all down correctly and none of the sculpted details have been overlooked. He also uses the printed face technique, which works pretty well for this particular figure. Ezra is packed with his unique lightsaber, as well as his stolen Imperial Cadet helmet, which sits surprisingly well on his head. Not a ton of extras, but its one more than the usual single lightsaber we get with Jedi characters, so I’m certainly not going to knock it.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Ezra is a good example of my herd mentality when it comes to collecting. On his own, I’m not certain I would have bought him, but he came out alongside the Obi-Wan figure I knew I wanted and the Doctor Aphra figures I was picking up for Super Awesome Fiancee, and I figured that, since I already have most of the Rebels crew anyway, I might as well grab him, too. Honestly, he’s a pretty solid figure, and I’m glad I picked him up.