STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
The Mandalorian was a pretty huge hit right out of the gate, but pretty much everything else about the show pales in comparison to the Baby Yoda phenomenon. Kept a well-guarded secret by those involved in the show, “The Child” (as he was officially dubbed by Disney) was immediately met with pretty much universal approval, and an insane demand for all the merchandise imaginable. Of course, part of keeping Baby Yoda such a well-guarded secret was not letting any of the licensors even know the character existed until after the first episode had dropped, meaning there was a bit of a gap between his appearance on the show an any merch. Fortunately, things have turned around pretty darn quickly on that front. There are a lot of options right out of the gate, but I’m kicking things off with a look at Hasbro’s Black Series offering.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Child is a one-off Black Series release, which started hitting retail right at the beginning of May. He’s using the packaging style introduced in 2018 with the Porg two-pack, but he’s at a slightly higher price point. The figure is incredibly small, and indeed a lot smaller than many people expected. However, at just over an inch tall, he’s pretty much exactly the size he should be to go with the rest of The Black Series line. He’s better articulated than you might expect, with 7 points of articulation. That includes ball joints at the neck, shoulders, and ankles (yes, he’s got a fully detailed pair of feet that no one’s ever going to see). His range is rather limited overall, especially on the shoulders. I was, however, quite pleased with the mobility on the neck joint, which allows for a good deal of expressiveness to his posing. The sculpt is rather well detailed for the size, with the head exhibiting the best work. The likeness to the puppet from the show is pretty spot-on, especially in the face. The paintwork on this figure is fairly light. The construction of the figure is such that most of the color work is done via straight molded coloring. There’s a little bit of work on his face and ears, which is up to par with the current standard for the main line, so no complaints there. Baby Yoda’s got a fun selection of cool extras, including the frog-like creature it eats after the Mando finds it, the bowl of broth he carries during Mando and Cara’s face-off in Chapter 4, and the knob from Mando’s ship that he gives to Baby Yoda as a toy. There’s also a clear box to keep all of the extras in, so that you don’t lose them. I definitely appreciate that, and they’ll be staying in that box pretty much exclusively for my display.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I will fully admit to being drawn in by the Baby Yoda craze, and his inclusion in The Mandalorian was definitely one of my favorite parts of the show. I definitely wanted him for my Black Series collection, in what ever capacity Hasbro chose to deliver. It’s hard to say that this guy’s really a full-fledged figure in his own right, but he’s a pretty fantastic companion to the rest of the Mando stuff they’ve put out so far. He’s a fun little package.
I picked up this little guy from my friends at All Time Toys. He’s currently sold out, but they’ve still got a bunch of other Black Series, and other cool toys both old and new, so please check out their website and their eBay Store.