STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“A feared bounty hunter known for her chalk-white skin and built-in comlink antenna, Aurra Sing was an expert sniper and trained assassin who would work for anyone who paid her.”
In prep for this review, I realized that I haven’t actually reviewed any Black Series figures in a rather astounding seven months. No, really, the last one I looked at was the Luke from Heir to the Empire. Not really a high note to go out on, either, unfortunately. Well, after quite a delay, I’ve finally got some more of these figures to look at. I’m kicking things off with the first post-Boba Fett attempt at creating another Boba Fett, Aurra Sing. Designed as a background fill-in character for the podracer sequence from Phantom Menace, before getting a more proper name, Aurra was simply referred to as “Babe Fett” by her designer Doug Chiang, so the intent behind her was pretty transparent. Not that it was overly successful, of course. She got a little bit to do in the old Expanded Universe, but was largely out of the spotlight until being tapped to be a recurring bounty hunter in The Clone Wars. There she was finally fleshed out a little bit, and would have even had her arc wrapped up completely, had the show not been cancelled. As it stands, the “resolution” to her arc became an off-hand reference to Tobias Beckett killing her offscreen some time before Solo. Which, honestly? About on par with everything else going on with the character. Well, she’s got a Black Series figure now, so I guess I’ll take a look at that.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Aurra Sing is figure 8 in the Clone Wars-sub-set of The Black Series Phase 4. She’s the first figure in the final 2021 assortment of the line, and the only one to be Clone Wars-based. The figure stands a little over 6 inches tall and she has 29 points of articulation. Her articulation scheme is slightly on the more restricted side, kind of in line with what we saw on Asajj Ventress, the last figure in the Clone Wars set numerically. You almost have to wonder if some of these similarly themed figures were being designed in batches. Aurra does get slightly more movement on her joints, especially the arm joints, which are great for properly holding her long rifle, as well as getting some fun poses with the pistols. Aurra’s sculpt is all-new, and it’s generally pretty decent. It’s an interesting experiment, seeing as she’s based more on her Clone Wars appearance than her brief live-action one, but she’s still realistically detailed. It’s an astoundingly subtle difference from just a straight Phantom Menace figure, but there it is. It works out pretty well, and they’ve made the articulation work nicely within the sculpt’s aesthetics. Aurra’s paint work is overall an okay set-up. The printing works well for detailing the eyes and mouth, and the base work on the body is decent. She does lose out on some of the base details on the back, which is a bummer, but otherwise things look pretty decent. Aurra is packed with her long rifle (with removable sling), and two twin blaster pistols. The sling on the rifle isn’t quite as secure as I’d like, but the pistols can be stashed securely in the holsters on her hips.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’m by no means an Aurra Sing fan. There was a lot of build up that went really no where, and she’s just never clicked with me. She does alright in her Clone Wars appearances, though, so I guess that makes her a little better as a character. This figure at least looked pretty cool, and ultimately, she turned out pretty nicely. Still not my favorite or anything, but she’s fun.
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