STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“A grim Jedi Master with an amethyst-bladed lightsaber, Mace Windu was the champion of the Jedi Order, with little tolerance for the failings of the Senate, the arguments of politicians, or the opinions of rebellious Jedi.”
Mace Windu was one of the few not-hold-over-from-the-original-trilogy characters of the prequels to be of notable prominence, not just in one of the three films, but in the whole trilogy, even before Clone Wars came along and fleshed the others out a bit. As such, he was also decently covered in the area of toys. It came as a slight surprise when it took as long as it did for him to make his way into The Black Series, but he finally did, and I’m taking a look at that figure today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Mace Windu was an early 2019 release for The Black Series, released as part of the same assortment that included Padmé and Dryden Vos. He was figure #82, placing him right between Padmé and the standard Battle Droid. The Jedi all kept the same basic looks through the prequels, but Mace was even more consistent than the others. This one serves as coverage for both his Episode II and III looks, since they were more or less the same. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 29 points of articulation. I’ve actually looked at most of Mace’s parts previously, when they were re-used for Plo Koon. It was a good sculpt then, and it’s a good sculpt now. It’s well constructed, and the articulation is quite nicely implemented. He’s got all the range and motion of the newer Black Series offerings, so he’s a lot of fun to pose. Obviously, the head and hands are different, so as to be more Mace-appropriate. The head’s got a pretty darn solid Samuel L Jackson likeness, and probably one of the better likenesses from the line. In general, the likenesses in this assortment were really strong, as I thought Dryden was up there as well. Also, I dig that the hands aren’t just two basic gripping poses; the left hand’s gesture pose has a lot of possible posing range to it. Mace’s paint work is all pretty straight forward stuff. The head has the face printing, which looks quite nice on this particular sculpt. The robes and such are all basic work, but they’re up to snuff. No noticeable slop or bleed over, so that’s good. Mace is packed with his lightsaber and a removable cloth robe. The saber is nice, but I was a little bummed that he couldn’t hang it from his belt. The cloak’s about on par with the majority of the other cloth goods from the line, which is to say it’s not amazing, but it’s not terrible either. It’s certainly better than the one that came with Plo.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
As I discussed in my review of Padmé, this assortment was the last one before All Time was carrying the line, so I missed out on most of them at retail. I wanted a Mace to be sure, but just never had the opportunity to get my hands on him. Fortunately, Hasbro did another production run on him and a handful of other figures, and they’ve just started to show up. Mace is a really good figure, and certainly one of the line’s best Jedi figures.
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Mace Windu did turn wonderfully but I’m still surprised by how long it took for him to come out. Oh well, at least he came out after face printing and such so he looks fantastic. I really keep expecting him to show back up at some point in Star Wars. Put me in the camp of folks that firmly believe Mace Windu isn’t dead. He’s just biding his time….