THE MANDALORIAN — BESKAR
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“The Mandalorian is battle-worn and tight-lipped, a formidable bounty hunter in an increasingly dangerous galaxy!”
The Mandalorian just wrapped its second season last Friday, so I guess what better time to actually start reviewing Mando product again then right now. It couldn’t be more time relevant, could it? Last year, we got our first figure of the show’s main character, based upon his appearance in the show’s debut episode. Though we didn’t know when he was released, that look wound up being rather short-lived, replaced just three episodes in by a shiny, new, all Beskar set of armor, which has subsequently remained his primary appearance. Thanks to the same secrecy that kept The Child a total surprise, the Beskar armored Mando was likewise not shown to licensors until he appeared in the show, leaving something of a delay in getting him made in figure form. Fortunately, he’s finally making his way to collectors, right as the second season comes to a close.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Beskar Mando is part of the first assortment of the latest re-launch of Star Wars: The Black Series. Rather than one overarching numbering scheme, they’re now breaking them down into smaller sub-sets. Mando is, unsurprisingly, part of the Mandalorian sub-set, where he’s figure #01. The figure stands 6 inches tall and he has 29 points of articulation. Structurally, this guy’s very similar to the prior Mando, which makes sense, them being the same guy and all. His articulation works exactly the same, which is fine by me given how mobile that figure ended up being. He shares a handful of parts with that previous release, specifically the helmet, hands, lower legs, and cape. These parts actually remain constant in the show, so it’s sensible to re-use. It does come with its own slight drawbacks, notably with the helmet and cape. The helmet is just slightly off from the show’s design in terms of shaping. It’s minor, but there was a part of me hoping they might fix it for this release. It’s not the end of the world, though, and I guess they’re at least consistent this way. The cape isn’t a problem on its own, but is sort of a problem when you factor in the included jetpack. In the show, he pushes the cape up and out of the way when wearing the jetpack, but with the cape here being plastic, you have to choose between one or the other when displaying him. This isn’t screen accurate, so it’s a touch frustrating. Either a cloth cape, or a newly sculpted cape piece would have fixed this. As is, he’ll require a little bit of modification. Mando gets a new torso, arms, and upper legs featuring his newer armor pieces. They’re certainly a cleaner design, though they match up with the prior figure in terms of actual styling of details. In order to match up with the inclusion of the jetpack, thereby making this a post-Chaper 8 Mando, his right pauldron includes Mando’s Mudhorn signet, which is certainly a very nice touch. The Mando’s paint work is all pretty clean. It matches with the depiction of the armor from the show, and is just generally pretty slick. Mando is packed with the aforementioned jetpack, plus the same rifle and pistol that were included with the last version of the character. Not a bad set-up.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve been patiently awaiting this armor set-up since it debuted on the show, and was curious exactly when it would show in the line. Once it was announced, it was once again a patient wait until I could actually get my hands on one, because he’s been far and away the most demanded figure out of the newest Black Series line-up. The end result isn’t perfect. The helmet doesn’t bug me so much, but I was a bit let down by the cape. I’m sure we’ll be seeing yet another version of this guy in the near future, of course, what with him being the main character and all. This one’s still really good, though.
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