HEAVY INFANTRY MANDALORIAN
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“A brawny warrior encased in the strongest beskar armor, the mysterious Heavy Infantry Mandalorian is part of a secretive enclave of his people. A born survivor, he guards a precious armory and helps to keep the flames of Mandalorian heritage flickering in this time of galactic chaos.”
By far the breakaway merchandising hit of the three Star Wars franchise entries that had to share last year’s product, The Mandalorian has gotten most of its product from Hasbro in the form of their more collector oriented Black Series line. The main line has gotten three show-related figures so far, plus there have been two exclusives through Best Buy to fill out the cast a bit more. The first was IG-11, but the second is Jon Favreau’s unnamed (on screen anyway; his credited name is “Paz Vizla”) heavy infantry Mandalorian, who I’ll be taking a look at today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Heavy Infantry Mandalorian is Best Buy’s second exclusive Black Series item. For the first time on an exclusive item, he’s actually a numbered entry in the line, being numbered D2, signifying him as the second entry in the Deluxe sub-line, following General Grievous last year. He’s based on the character’s appearance in “The Sin.” The figure stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 27 points of articulation. Despite his bulked up design, Paz is never the less poseable on par with the rest of the more recent figures in the line, meaning he has a pretty easy time getting into all of the necessary poses for the character. His sculpt is all-new, and it’s quite impressive. He’s definitely got some serious heft to him, which is appropriate for a character with “Heavy” in his name. The armored elements all match up with the design as seen on screen pretty well, and the detailing is all pretty sharply defined. He definitely manages to be a bit more screen accurate than the standard Mando, and it’s not like that particular figure was all that far off. The paintwork captures the slightly unique color scheme of the character nicely and cleanly. I really dig the shade of blue they used here, and the flatter colors actually make him stand out pretty well from the rest of the line. I also quit like the few spots of wear visible throughout the armor. It gives it that appropriate lived-in feel. The Heavy Mando only has one accessory, but it’s a really good, pretty darn sizable one, since it’s his heavy blaster. It’s connected to his jetpack, and features a moving handle and spinning barrels. Plus, it can also be stored on his back, as seen in the show, and it stays on there nice and securely. Definitely a very nice piece for an already very nice figure.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
When this guy was shown off (prior to the character’s appearance on the show), I was already on board, because man is that a cool design. I was a little bummed when I found out he’d be a Best Buy exclusive, but fortunately for me, Max let me know as soon as he went up for preorder on their site, so I was able to get one with no fuss. Like all of the Mandalorian-centric figures, he’s a really, really solid figure, and just really one of the Black Series‘ best.