STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“Imperial Moff Gideon is fiercely determined to capture a specific quarry. Clever and formidable, Gideon values power and knowledge.”
Werner Hertzog’s un-named and mysterious “Client” serves as the main underlying antagonist of The Mandalorian‘s first season, but is dispatched in a rather spectacular fashion just before the season finale by the character who becomes the main antagonist moving forward, Giancarlo Esposito’s Moff Gideon. Esposito does a pretty great job of playing a compelling villain, and he’s definitely been at the top of people’s want lists for the toys since the end of the first season. Fortunately, Hasbro’s gotten around to delivering on that front, giving us a Gideon in each of their three styles, in rather close succession. Today, I’m looking at his Black Series offering.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Moff Gideon is part of the Mandalorian sub-set of Black Series‘ Phase IV incarnation, where he’s figure 08. He’s the last of the Mando figures in the third assortment since the relaunch. Gideon is presented here in his custom Imperial attire, which has thus far been the only look he’s had. The figure stands 5 3/4 inches tall and he has 27 points of articulation. So, here’s my thing on this figure: he’s too tiny. Like, not just too short, but actually too tiny. Esposito isn’t the tallest guy, but his costume for Gideon has him wearing lifts, which the figure’s design includes. It seems to me that somewhere along the line, the used Esposito’s listed height as the basis for the figure, not factoring in the costume design, and ultimately resulting in him just being actually too small all around. It’s not super noticeable with a helmeted character like Mando, fortunately, but next to Kuiil and Karga, who he’s in the same assortment with, mind you, he looks a little bit like he’s supposed to be from a different line. These size issues are most annoying for one major reason: the sculpt’s otherwise really good. The likeness on the face is strong, the expression’s perfect for the character, and the detailing on his uniform is sharply handled. It all looks really good. They’ve even done well getting the cape to hang convincingly. All in all, just a really nicely rendered sculpt. Gideon’s paint work is nicely handled as well. The printing on the face is nice and lifelike, and the variations in the various blacks of his uniform. The red accenting is appropriately eye-catching, and the smaller details on his chest armor are cleanly applied. Gideon is packed with two accessories: a small blaster and the Dark Saber. The blaster’s standard, and can be kept in his holster. The Dark Saber’s a great piece, and a large plot point in the show, making it a great extra. Ultimately, I still think he feels a little light, but he’s in a better spot than the others so far.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Moff Gideon’s certainly a memorable, and definitely important character for the show, so I was definitely down for adding him to my collection. He’s not a bad figure. Honestly, he’s a pretty darn good figure. But he’s also too small, and that just kinda bugs me. I guess I’ll just stick him next to IG-11 all the time, so that it’s not so noticeable?
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