STAR WARS RETRO COLLECTION (HASBRO)
NOTE: This review was written before June 6th.
“Imperial Moff Gideon is fiercely determined to capture a specific quarry. Clever and formidable, Gideon values power and knowledge.”
Much like Kuiil, I feel like I was just talking about Moff Gideon. But, as I’ve established, it’s actually been over a month, because time isn’t holding up, time isn’t after us. And you may ask yourself, where is my large Moff Gideon? And I would say that he’s over on the shelf, having already been reviewed, you know, a month ago, as previously stated. Today, I’m looking at the small one, not from Las Vegas, but from the Retro Collection.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Moff Gideon is part of the seven-figure Mando-themed assortment of Hasbro’s Star Wars Retro Collection line, which as noted previously, marks the line’s first proper presence at full mass retail. The figures up to this point have all been early first season figures, while Gideon signifies a move to the end of that season, and into the second. He’s undoubtedly a major player in both seasons, though, and kind of a natural choice for early inclusion. The figure stands about 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 5 points of articulation. His sculpt is another all-new piece, and it’s another well-executed one. While he doesn’t look like the spitting image of Esposito in the role (which would be inaccurate, of course), he does still have enough of a likeness to be identifiable as the character, and the rest of the body has just enough detailing to suggest the important parts of his outfit, while also being dialed back to match the proper level for the era they’re going for. There are some slightly changed up details, in the effort of again working in some of those proper Kenner era errors, so small details on the costume change, like the lack of fingerless gloves, or the slight reworking of his gauntlets. Like the Mando, he’s got a vinyl robe. Technically, this is again inaccurate, since he really should be aping a later run figure, and should therefore have the cloth cape instead. However, it works in a sense of playing up those Vader similarities, and also in making him feel like he’s an earlier run character than he is, which does in a sense feel right for Gideon. Gideon’s paint work is fairly nice. Probably more involved than a true Kenner figure would be, but that’s hardly a point against him. The red detailing on the arms and legs certainly does look cool. Gideon is packed with a small blaster, which is a new piece, and the Dark Saber, which is a re-use of Bespin Luke’s saber from the vintage line, but molded in an appropriately darker color. It’s a nice touch.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I like Gideon well enough, though I can’t really say he was high on my list for this particular assortment. Not a knock on him, really, just more that I *just* got the Black Series figure, and unlike Kuiil, this one doesn’t really fill a different need for me. That said, I still like this guy a fair bit, and he certainly accents the set quite nicely. Also, not really small when compared to the rest of the line he’s meant to go with, which is always a plus when it comes to Gideon figures.