STAR WARS RETRO COLLECTION (HASBRO)
NOTE: This review was written before June 6th.
“The Mandalorian is battle-worn and tight-lipped, a formidable bounty hunter in an increasingly dangerous galaxy.”
A week and a half ago, I took a look at one of Hasbro’s latest ventures into reviving some Kenner nostalgia, courtesy of their oddly-placed Retro Marvel line. Marvel’s not the most natural fit for such a thing, but Star Wars, on the other hand, is pretty much perfect. Hasbro tested the waters the last two years with some re-issues of the Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back lines, but they’re finally making their way into something newer, albeit still fitting that Retro feel, with a whole assortment of new figures based on The Mandalorian. I’m kicking off my look at them with the show’s titular character today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Mandalorian is the first of the seven figure line-up that is the Mando-themed series of Hasbro’s Star Wars Retro Collection, which is technically the third series under the Retro Collection banner, but the first to be offered up to retailers at large, rather than just being an exclusive. The figure stands 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 5 points of articulation. His design is based on his first episode appearance, which is on one hand kinda weird, but on the other rather befitting the style, since any vintage figures would have undoubtedly been based on the early look seen in promotional images and the like. It’s an all-new sculpt, patterned a little bit after Boba Fett, I suppose, mostly by virtue of them both having that distinctive helmet. Through the lens of vintage Kenner, it’s a good sculpt. It fits the general style, but certainly has that slightly higher level of detailing that came with 1980 and later figures. The articulation has clear range of motion, and the hands are clearly designed for holding the guns, so he’s very well-utilized in that way. The one slightly odd bit is the “cape.” He’s got a vinyl cape patterned after the ones seen on the ones seen with the early line figures. While it’s certainly well-recreated, technically, a character like the Mando, coming from a post Jedi-era, would have a cloth cape, as the vinyl ones had been phased out on new figures by the time of Jedi. So, technically, it’s inaccurate. Of course, the vinyl reads as more obviously retro, I suppose, which has its own benefits. Mando’s paint work is actually surprisingly involved, which I guess again makes it *technically* inaccurate, but it looks good, and it still has that proper feel, so I can’t really complain too much. The Mando is packed with his long rifle and his blaster pistol, both of which he can hold pretty nicely.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I was a sucker for the 5-POA Star Wars lines, and was quite upset when they were phased out for Rise and Mandalorian, because they’re kind of my main jam for the toys. I was hoping we might get something later down the line. This isn’t exactly what I had in mind, but I can’t say I’m unhappy about it. Hasbro did a very good job of capturing that retro feel here, and they’ve made a figure that’s just good clean fun, and generally more functional than the more detailed counterparts. I look foraward to getting the inevitable beskar re-deco, and whatever else Hasbro wants to throw at us with this mold.