STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“The captain and heart of the Ghost crew, Hera Syndulla was a gifted pilot and leader. The Twi’lek could bring out the best in her team, making them believe in themselves.”
Star Wars: Rebels hit at a rough spot for merchandising on Star Wars. The 3D re-release of Phantom Menace and its ensuing tie-ins practically killed Star Wars at retail in its entirety, necessitating a major re-work and as major scaling back. Rebels was treated to a line of basic figures at the smaller scale, just as The Black Series was launching at the 6-inch scale. Black Series was very OT focused at itself, so the Ghost crew had to make due with slowly being added to the line one-by-one. Of course, having them mixed in with a bunch of other product launches didn’t exactly make them the easiest figures to get ahold of. I myself missed my first shot at Hera, who originally dropped during the Last Jedi launch. Fortunately for me (and the many other fans who missed out on her initial release), Hasbro’s decided to just go ahead and reissue the whole crew in one shot.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Hera Syndulla is part of Hasbro’s latest relaunch of Star Wars: The Black Series figures. Gone is the red packaging and the line-wide numbering, replaced by mural-building subgroups of figures. The seven figure Rebels subgroup’s packaging can be lined up for a full cast shot. Hera’s fifth in that line-up, but there seems to not be any correlation between placement and release, as she and Kanan are in the second “batch” to show up at retail, at least around here. The figure stands 6 inches tall and she has 27 points of articulation. Hera was fortunate to hit right as Hasbro was really getting a handle on articulating these figures, so she winds up with a pretty solid range of motion. The elbows get more than 90 degrees, and I dig the ball jointed waist. The only part I’m not super crazy about is the neck, but even that’s not terrible. Hera’s sculpt is by far my favorite of the humanoid Rebels characters in this line (Chopper still takes the top overall, though), as they really found their footing on that line between cartoon and reality, and made a sculpt that really captures the main essence of her show design, while also managing to look properly at home with the figures from the live-action films. I also really love how much detail work they’ve managed to inject into her costume. The paint work on the figure is mostly pretty basic, but seems to stick pretty close to how Hera’s supposed to look. It’s worth noting that this figure adds the face-printing, which the initial release just narrowly missed. It’s not quite as essential for her, but it still adds a nice touch to the overall look of the figure, and certainly looks more lifelike. Hera’s only accessory is a rather small, but also rather well-detailed blaster pistol, which can be held, or stashed in her ankle holster.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I saw Hera’s original release one time, and just didn’t have the money for it at the time. Given how scarce she wound up being, I definitely regretted that, especially as the rest of the crew started to show up. As soon as this re-issue was confirmed, I was totally on board. She’s a really solid figure in-hand, and honestly my favorite of this little subset. I’m very glad to finally have one.
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