STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“A master of hand-to-hand combat, Koska Reeves is loyal to Bo-Katan and is a member of a band of Clan Kryze Mandalorians striking back at the Imperial remnant.”
The Mandalorian‘s first season crafted a lot of new lore (or at least lore that was new to a wider audience) for the Mandalorians, leading some people to question how this would fit with the lore established in the likes of Clone Wars and Rebels. The second season in turn brought that previous lore to the forefront, reintroducing Bo-Katan, and with her, a few other Mandalorians from her version of the culture. Introduced alongside Bo-Katan’s live action debut were her two lieutenants, Axe Woves and Koska Reeves. Koska seems to have been the one to take off a little bit more, since she re-appeared alongside Bo in the second season finale, and she’s also the first one to get a figure, which I’m taking a look at today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Koska Reeves is figure 12 in the Mandalorian sub-set of Hasbro’s Black Series in its Phase IV incarnation. She’s the second of the two Mandalorian figures in this particular assortment, and is thus far the trickiest to acquire from this particular round, likely due to her being the short-pack for this set. The figure stands just under 6 inches tall and she has 27 points of articulation. Structurally, Koska is largely the same as Bo-Katan. It’s not a surprise, nor is it unwarranted, since the two sport very similar designs. Apart from some small details here and there, notably the collar of her jumpsuit, that aren’t quite spot-on, but it’s overall close enough to justify a little re-use. The belt has been modified, downgrading her to one holster, rather than two. It’s otherwise pretty much the same. Koska’s helmet is an all-new piece, slightly different in its shaping than Bo’s. It sits lower than Bo’s, which also guards the neckline a bit, covering up that one spot of inaccuracy. Underneath the helmet is an all-new unmasked head sculpt, which is an okay offering, but doesn’t have quite the spot-on likeness for Sasha Banks you’d hope for, given the overall upward trend on Black Series likenesses recently. Still, it’s a distinct sculpt, and gets a lot of the character down, even if the likeness isn’t quite there. The paint work on Koska is okay. It’s more in-line with the on-screen color scheme than Bo-Katan’s was, and it’s actually pretty bright and eye-catching. Unlike a lot of this set, she actually gets a fair bit of accent work, especially on the armor. Koska is packed with her jetpack and two blaster pistols, even though she’s only got a spot for one.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Since we’d already gotten Bo-Katan, it really was only a matter of time before we got some of her back-up. Koska being the first makes a lot of sense, and I’m glad Hasbro didn’t opt to drag things out on this one. She’s a pretty straight forward figure, banking on a lot of re-use, but it generally works out pretty well, and she fills out the roster pretty nicely.
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