STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“When Darth Maul betrayed and defeated Pre Vizsla, Death Watch splintered into two groups. Those who wanted to embrace Mandalore’s warrior heritage remained loyal to Maul.”
Okay, so, I can’t help but feel that the bio above would actually be more appropriate for the *other* Mandalorian trooper from this particular set. You know, the one that was a figure of one of the Mandos that actually was loyal to Maul? Rather than this guy, who is clearly meant to be one of the Mandalorians who sticks with Bo-Katan and is on the “heroic” side of the Siege of Mandalore? Oh, god, I’m critiquing bios again. I gotta stop letting myself do that! I’m probably really messing hardcore with some poor copy writer at Hasbro who’s just trying to do their best. Why can’t I just leave them alone? It’s just toys! And it’s not even the part of toys that anyone really cares about, either! …I mean, not that it’s not a very important part of the job. You go, copy writer! …Where was I? Ah, yes, action figure review. Yes. Let’s do that.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Mandalorian Loyalist is figure #04 in the Clone Wars sub-set of Star Wars: The Black Series Phase IV. He’s part of the Walmart-exclusive four figure assortment based on the final arc of The Clone Wars. The set hit shelves last fall, in theory at least, though in practice most people are still waiting. As touched on above, this figure is based on the armor worn by the Mandos that remained loyal to Bo-Katan, and kept their slightly more heroic looking blues and greys. It’s not as ornate as the Super Commando, but it’s about function over form, I’d imagine. The figure stands 6 inches tall and he has 27 points of articulation. Structurally, this figure is virtually identical to his Maul-supporting equivalent. That means he too is built from a lot of Jango’s parts. It’s still a clunkier body than what we’re used to these days, but after now having two Mandos built on it, I’m warming a bit more to its overall look. Perhaps it just works a little better for this particular design. He doesn’t get the updated shoulders from the last one, instead keeping Jango’s less pointy ones. He keeps the modified belt and upper legs of the Super Commando, which brings him more in line with the animation designs. His only truly unique piece is his helmet, which is similar to the Super Commando one, but without all the horns. Like I noted above, this new helmet’s not super showy or anything, but it gets the job done, and it does look nice. The paint work on the Loyalist is what really separates him from the Super Commando. He’s a lot bluer, and a lot more subdued, but it’s a good look. There’s some solid work on the weathering for his armor, as well as the markings on each of his shoulders. There are a lot of details on this one that are easy to miss. The Loyalist is packed with the same accessories as the Super Commando: a jetpack borrowed from Jango and a pair of pistols borrowed from Sabine.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I didn’t really have a ton of luck with this assortment at retail. Max was able to set me up with the Super Commando, but I saw none of the others. That certainly bummed me out, because, ideally, I kind of wanted the whole set. This guy was probably my second most wanted figure of the bunch, so I was hoping for another shot. Fortunately, he came in with the same trade that netted me the Clone Lieutenant I reviewed yesterday, making the whole “getting him” part that much easier! This figure surprised me a little bit. I wasn’t let down by the Super Commando or anything, but after getting him, I expected very little from this one. I was pleasantly surprised by how nicely he turned out, and by how much work Hasbro put into this seemingly more basic design.
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