STAR WARS RETRO COLLECTION (HASBRO)
NOTE: This review was written before June 6th.
“An expeditor for the Bounty Hunters Guild, Greef Karga runs the trade on Nevarro. He’s a middle-man, a connector between clients and bounty hunters.”
Same as it ever was, same as it ever was. Same as it ever was, same as it ever was. Letting the days go by, same as it ever was. Why the Talking Heads opener? Didn’t I do that yesterday? Yes. But it’s the same as it ever was, you see? Aren’t I clever? But really, sometimes with Hasbro’s variety of scales and styles, I do feel a little bit like I’m just reviewing in circles, and that’s very true with the back half of this set. Not that it’s a bad thing, mind you. Anyway, let’s look at
the wheel of a large automobile Greef Karga!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Greef Karga is the final figure in the seven-figure Mando-inspired assortment of Hasbro’s Star Wars Retro Collection. While Greef getting a figure isn’t weird at all, given how prominent he was in the first season, especially it’s closer, the fact that he’s actually the only explicitly Season 2 figure in the mix is a little interesting. I guess it does at least change things up a bit from the Black Series figure I already reviewed, but then it also means he’s in the same attire as the also small-scale Vintage Collection figure. And, on top of that, he’s very limited when it comes to who he fits in with. But, of course, that’s part of the vintage game, now isn’t it? The figure stands about 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 5 points of articulation. Greef’s sculpt is a decent match for the Kenner style. Again, he doesn’t look much like Carl Weathers, but there’s enough of the character in there to make it work, at least as much as any of the others work. The right leg has a sculpted holster, but, rather cleverly, it’s designed to actually work, in a sense. It’s not a modern style design, but actually something that feels more in line with what Kenner might have done. I like that. Like Mando and Gideon, Greef’s sporting a vinyl robe. And while it’s still not technically accurate, it winds up in effect being more accurate to the character than going for a time-period accurate cloth cape might be, since it means he’s got the actual robe he wore, rather than just a straight cape. So, this one I don’t mind so much either. Okay, I honestly don’t mid any of them. The paint work here is about on par with the others. It’s obviously an adaptation of the design’s proper coloring through the vintage lens. I get a kick out of the parts of it that are purposefully not painted, since it seems so counter to modern sensibilities, but also so perfect for the style. Greef is packed with his small blaster. It makes him a little lighter than everyone bar Kuiil, but he can hold it well, and it’s got that cool holster set-up, so that distracts me.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Like Gideon, I don’t know that I felt an undying need for this figure, but I think that may again be linked to getting the Black Series release a bit closer, and also maybe preferring the season 1 design a little bit. I think of the whole set, Greef is ultimately the one that does the least for me. Not that he’s bad or anything. Honestly, he does what he needs to. He’s just a little more middling than the others. But, he’s still certainly a nice addition to the line. In general, I liked this set quite a bit, even more than I’d been expecting to. And I’d been expecting to like it a lot already. I would love to see them delve more into the Season 2 characters, and maybe even a few more Season 1 characters. I’d also love to see them go back to some of the other properties, like the sequel trilogy, and do more with the retro style, because it really works.
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