STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“During Luke Skywalker’s daring rescue of Han Solo above the Sarlacc, Boba Fett was sent careening into the side of Jabba’s sail barge before tumbling into the man-eating pit.”
Oh, man, Ethan’s reviewing a Boba Fett figure. There’s always bound to be trouble with these posts. Probably because I do like occasionally poking the bear that is Boba Fett fans. I mean, it’s just so much fun. Almost as much fun as making fun of Boba Fett, and how ineffective he is. Okay, I actually have to retract that: Boba Fett is no longer useless, because after 40 years of existence, Boba finally got stuff the do in The Mandalorian last year. And good for him. I’m sure his fans are all universally happy about him actually getting to be a bad-ass, right on the screen and everything. Oh? They’re still conflicted and angry? Sounds about right, I guess. Well, whatever the case, I’m looking at another Boba Fett figure, and I feel like I should just get down to business on it.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Boba Fett is a deluxe-sized offering, as part of Phase IV of Hasbro’s Black Series. After seven years of re-releases of the Series 2 figure’s Empire-based sculpt, we have officially moved on, and are now, finally, getting Fett based on his adjusted appearance from Return of the Jedi. I’m okay with this, because I actually kind of like the Jedi armor a little bit more than the Empire look. The figure stands about 6 inches tall and he has 30 points of articulation. One of the biggest change-ups between this figure and the last (beyond just the differing source material, of course) is how the articulation works. Hasbro’s gotten a fair bit better at implementing the articulation on their Black Series offerings, and Boba showcases this, in much the same way as the recent updated troopers we’ve gotten. His range of motion on his elbows, knees, and neck is much improved, while also being better worked into the sculpt aesthetically. Additionally, there have been some adjustments made to how some of the armor and hook ups work, so, for instance, his arm tubes are now far less at risk for breakage from regular posing. Lastly, he also addresses the one notably missing joint from the last release: the range finder. It can now be adjusted for proper use the way he never really does in the movies, but you always wished he would. In terms of actual sculpt quality, this release is pretty top-notch. Like the recent Troopers, his helmet is a separate piece, placed atop an actual sculpted head under neath. Said head is unpainted, but fully detailed. Likely future-proofing for the inevitable Mandalorian variant of the character. The helmet came out of the box looking a touch misshapen, but after a few days, it’s taken its proper shape all on its own. The torso armor is also a separately sculpted element, distinct from the underlying torso, again likely as part of a plan to re-use elsewhere. This also helps to give Boba a little more depth to the detailing on the sculpt, which works in his favor. While the last Boba had a cloth half-cape thing, this one’s got a sculpted done. It’s a little stubborn, but does wind up looking a little bit better, at least comparing my two figures. Boba’s paint work is up to modern Black Series standards, which is to say a bit better than the original. The work on the silver weathering looks well-lived-in, and his small little insignias also look nice and crisp. In order to justify him being a deluxe, Boba has been given a decent helping of accessories. He gets his rocket-pack, now with a removable top-rocket, as well as articulated thrusters on the bottom. He also gets two versions of his blaster rifle, standard, and split from after Luke slashes it with his lightsaber, as well as a flamethrower effect piece, two thrust effects for his rocket pack, and a clip-on grapple line. Ultimately, the grapple piece is a little goofy, and is limited in its application, but the rest of the parts are all definitely fun extras, and help to make him feel more worth the heftier price point. It gets more back to Black Series’s original one-and-done philosophy on these designs.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Joking about the character aside, I do like me a good Boba Fett toy, and as much as I like the original Black Series release of the character, I definitely was starting to see the sculpt’s flaws more and more, especially as other main characters got properly updated releases as the line progressed. Fortunately, we had this secondary design in the pocket, making him an easy addition to the line. I definitely liked how this one looked in the renders, and was eager to get it in hand. My initial reaction was a little bit let-down, but after I opened him up and actually started messing around with him, I really found myself liking the figure. Definitely Hasbro’s best take on the character, and I look forward to seeing them tackle his Mandalorian look.
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