STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“The Armorer plays a vital role in keeping the culture of the Mandalorians alive. She forges beskar armor in the ancient tradition of her people.”
The Mandalorian has focused not just on the titular Mandalorian, but on a good chunk of Mandalorian culture as well, giving us a variety of different members of said culture. Within the first season, we meet several members of the Mando’s own tribe, each with their own variants on the Mandalorian armor. And someone’s got to make all that cool armor, don’t they? Who could that possibly be? Why it would be the Mandalorian Armorer, of course! Introduced in the very first episode of the show, she’s also got one of the coolest Mando designs, which pretty much just begs for proper toy treatment. And, as luck would have it, toy treatment’s what she got.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Armorer is part of the second Phase IV assortment of Star Wars: The Black Series. She’s another piece of the Mandalorian sub-set, where she’s figure #4. This is our second figure of the Armorer in the line, following a slightly more deluxe release earlier last year as one of Hasbro’s shifted con-exclusives. The core figure is mostly the same between the two releases, with only the small cape piece on her back changing. It pretty much follows the trend of prior Black Series con-exclusives getting slightly stripped down re-releases in the main line fairly quickly after their initial release, though this is notable the only one with a notable change on the actual core figure. The figure stands 5 3/4 inches tall and she has 29 points of articualtion. She’s following what is essentially the new standard for articulation, meaning she’s got newer joints such as the butterfly joints on the shoulders, and she’s got increased range of motion on most of her joints as well, making her a rather agile figure. The sculpt does quite a nice job of recreating her armor design from the show. The helmet in particular is pretty spot on, which is good to see given that Din’s helmet continues to be ever so slightly off in this line. The rest of the armor is well-shaped, and cleanly detailed, and there’s plenty of texture work going into the rest of her clothing. The one truly new piece to this release is the cape, which was a soft-goods piece on the con release, but is plastic here. It looks perfectly fine this way, and matches with other such pieces on more recent figures. The only downside is that it does have a tendency to pop out of place rather frequently. Her paint work is all quite nicely applied. The base colors are clean and sharp, with little slop or bleed over to speak of. She actually gets some accenting as well, with some slight dry brushing on the helmet, as well as a wash on the cape and her skirt. It really helps to bring out the sculpted details, and it’s always nice to see a little extra detailing going into these figures. For this more basic release, the Armorer gets her hammer and tongs. It’s not as much as the prior release, of course, but it’s really all that I would deem essential for the character, and two accessories seems to be where Hasbro has settled into for a standard release.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Much like yesterday’s Incinerator, the Armorer is one of those designs I’ve wanted as a toy since she showed up on screen. I was not alone in this, as she was definitely one of Super Awesome Wife’s favorite parts of the show, and S.A.W. was eager about any news of figures. So, when it came time for the deluxe release, I of course got one for her, and patiently awaited the standard release for myself, since I knew full well it was coming, even before there was an official announcement. Regardless of version, she’s a really awesome figure of a really awesome design, and she makes for a truly great toy.
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