STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“One of a series of dangerous assassin droids largely outlawed in the galaxy, IG-11 is a hired gun programmed to follow Bounty Hunters Guild protocols to the letter. This distinctive collection features premium deco applications inspired by the end credit images from The Mandalorian, plus a collectible Imperial Credit accessory”
Usually, around the holidays, I’m out of town for the week surrounding Christmas, meaning that, pretty much since I began the site, I’ve been jumping into my Post-Christmas reviews as the new year begins. 2020 was having none of that, so I was still at home this year, allowing me to just turn these reviews right around. Don’t you guys feel so lucky? For the first few years I was running the site, I kicked off these sets of reviews with an Alien Queen, but in recent years, that’s shifted to Star Wars, something that will stick this year, as I kick things off with a variant of IG-11!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
IG-11 is part of the “Credit Collection” sub-set of Hasbro’s Star Wars: The Black Series. These guys hit right around the launch of The Mandalorian‘s second season, and were effectively this year’s equivalent to the Carbonized figures from last year. Theset was split up as exclusives amongst a few different retailers, with IG-11 being available through GameStop. Structurally, this figure is the same as last year’s standard IG-11. That means he too stands about 7 inches tall and has 21 points of articulation. It also means that he too is based on the IG-88 figure, and is therefore a little bit inaccurate for IG-11. That said, it’s not like anyone was really expecting a new mold for this release. He’s designed to be a quick repaint, and that’s exactly what he is. At least the IG-88 mold is still a pretty fun toy mold. The differences on this guy come down to two things, the first being the paint. He, and the rest of the figures in this set, are based on the illustrations seen in the show’s closing credits, which showcase some of the early art for the show. IG-11 is illustrated in these images with a much warmer, and more colorful palette than is seen in the show, and that’s replicated well here. I really dig how they’ve captured the sort of graininess of the illustrations, as well as the really divergently bright colors used. These two definitely won’t get mistaken for each other. The second change to the figure are the accessories. He gets the same two blasters as the prior release, but also gains one of the credit pieces that the bio talks about. It’s a pretty basic piece, and obviously not meant to go with the actual figure, but it’s a cool little extra nevertheless.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve got all of the standard color versions of the figures chosen for “The Credit Collection”, so I wasn’t in a rush to pick any of them up, especially given their exclusive status. I did kind of want the IG-11, because I just really like the IGs. I wasn’t going to buy it from Gamestop for myself, though. It’s okay, because I didn’t! Max and I were discussing the figures when they were shown off, and I said I’d hold off, so he went ahead and ordered an extra IG for me for Christmas. I’m glad to have this guy. He’s not my primary version or anything, but he’s a fun alternate deco, and goes well with my other IG-related stuff.