STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES
“From an oceanic moon, Jannah leads a band of warriors, ready to charge against the forces of the First Order.”
Okay, I’ve got just a ton of stuff piling up for review here at the FiQ offices (aka the spare room in my house where I take all my photos), and I’m trying to make it through the backlog as best I can. For right now, “as best I can” is gonna translate into a lot of theme weeks. I just made my way through an entire series of Marvel Legends, and now I’m switching over to a week with Hasbro’s other big collectors line, Star Wars: The Black Series. While prior movies under the Disney banner have more or less gotten several entire assortments of figures devoted to them, Rise of Skywalker is having to share, meaning that it’s a slightly slower role-out for them on the movie’s new characters and looks. The second assortment did get us our first new character, former First Order operative Jannah, who I’ll be looking at today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Jannah is figure 98 in the Black Series line-up, the first numerically in the second post-Triple Force Friday assortment, as well as the first of two Rise of Skywalker-based figures in the line-up. The figure stands right at 6 inches and she has 27 points of articulation. She’s an all-new sculpt. In terms of the articulation work-in, there are some pluses and minuses. There’s some really good range on the elbows, which does cause them to look a little off when in extreme poses, but I really don’t mind that. The hips are a bit more restricted, it would seem in an effort to preserve the sculpt. Again, I don’t mind, but it can be a little limiting. I had a very hard time getting much posability out of the ankles on my figure, which I’m not sure is an intended design thing; it felt like they were stuck. Whatever the case, it made keeping my figure standing rather tricky, which got frustrating during the photo session for this review. The sculpt is based on the only design she gets in the movie. It’s a fairly decent design, sort of pairing off well against Rey’s initial scavenger look, but with a slightly more almost post-apocalyptic feel, denoting her move to a more backwater life after leaving the First Order. Plus, it’s got goggles, and goggles are always cool. The face sports a passable likeness of Naomi Ackie; it’s perhaps not the best the line has produced, but it’s far from the worst, especially when it comes to the sequel characters. Some of that’s coming from the hair, which is more of a solid chunk than it is in the film. In their defense, there’s not a lot that can be done about that; the translation to plastic is always going to make such things look a little bit off. The body is a solid sculpt as well, with a lot of really nice detailing on her various elements of clothing, especially in the wrinkles on the pants. She’s got a cape piece, which is removable in theory (you’ll need to take the head off to get it off of her), and despite being a little bit floaty when posing, it’s a pretty nice piece. Jannah’s paint work is pretty decent overall. It tends to be more on the brown side of things (true to her movie design), but there’s enough of a mix of colors to keep her visually interesting. She’s again got the printed face, which works pretty well for this figure. There are some spots of slight misalignment on the base paint, especially on the shoes, but it ultimately doesn’t prove too distracting on the final product. Jannah makes out quite well on the accessories front, especially for a Black Series figure. She’s got her bow, a single arrow, a bundle of arrows, a quiver, and a small blaster pistol. I definitely dig the bow, and after how many Hawkeye figures with no arrows, the selection is certainly refreshing.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I actually got Jannah (and the rest of her assortment) just prior to the movie’s release. I didn’t think much of her at the time (and in fact didn’t open her until after seeing the movie), but after seeing the movie, I don’t mind having her so much. After opening the figure up and playing around with it a bit, I like it even more than I’d expected to, with the accessories in particular being the real highlight of the figure. All that said, the figure does seem a little lonely at the moment.