MANDALORIAN SUPER COMMANDO
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“Darth Maul’s Mandalorians modified their armor to reflect allegiance to the Dark Lord. These super commandos wore red and black, and some even fashioned horns atop their helmet.”
The Mandalorian side of the Star Wars universe has been getting a good deal of focus these days, thanks to a show of the same name being kind of a big deal and all. While this is certainly the most prominent focus the culture has gotten, their background has been in place for a while. It was originally a strictly EU thing, but made its first foray into more main stream culture via The Clone Wars, whose saga of Mandalore’s fall mad up the back bone of the show’s second half, and playing a large part in the show’s multi-part finale. Said finale serves as the inspiration for the first fully-Clone Wars-inspired assortment of Hasbro’s Black Series, with the Mandos themselves making up half of the set, one from each side of the Mando Civil War. Today, I’m looking at one of the Mandos on Darth Maul’s side of the conflict.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Mandalorian Super Commando is figure #05 in the Clone Wars subset of the latest relaunch of Star Wars: The Black Series. He’s the highest numbered of his four figure assortment, which is, as of right now a Walmart-exclusive set. However, the marketing on this particular set has been very vague about the actual exclusivity of this set, and all signs point to it just being an early exclusivity deal, much like Ectotron and Gigawatt were. Time will tell, of course. This guy is based on one of Maul’s Super Commandos, specifically the most ornate of the bunch. It’s armor that was initially seen on Maul-faithful leader Gar Saxon earlier in the show’s run, prior to being adopted by a few of the other Mandos in the show’s final season. It’s a cool design to be sure, combining all of the cool elements of Maul and the Mandos into one. The figure stands 6 inches tall and he has 27 points of articulation. The Super Commando is built on the Jango Fett body, which is…I mean, I guess it’s not the worst, but it’s not the best either. It comes from a period when the line wasn’t at its best articulation wise, so it’s a bit stiffer than more recent offerings. On top of that, Jango was a little chunkier than how the Mandos have been portrayed elsewhere. Now, obviously some of the difference comes from the move from animation to realistic, but it still makes the guy seem just a touch schlubier than he should. Overall, though, it’s still not a bad sculpt, and the detailing on the armor is pretty darn sharp. The Super Commando gets a new head, wearing the horned helmet mentioned in the bio. By far, it’s the best piece of the figure, and is a really clean, really sharp recreation of the design from the show. He also gets a new belt and upper legs with new holster pieces, which are now separate parts without the straps. This does at least aid in the posability of the figure at the hips. Lastly, there are new shoulder pads on the upper arms, with some spikes to match the helmet. It helps to make the figure sufficiently different from Jango, so he does at least feel a little bit new. The Super Commando also gets a brand new paint scheme to match the new parts. It’s pretty solid, although if I have one complaint, it’s that the grey used for the body suit seems a little lighter than it should be. Other than that, it’s a pretty striking design. The Super Commando is packed with the same rocket pack that came with Jango, as well as a pair of the standard Mandalorian pistols, borrowed from Sabine. It’s not a lot, but it’s enough to be workable.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
While watching the last few seasons of Clone Wars, I was really hoping to get some more figures from the show’s later seasons. When this assortment was shown off, I was super excited…until the whole “Walmart” bit got mentioned, which thoroughly killed my buzz. Fortunately, Max was able to help me out on this guy here at the very least. He’s definitely cool. Not without his flaws, but cool. Hopefully the rest of the assortment ends up showing back up in a more easily acquired fashion so that I can get the rest of them.