STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“A ruthless bounty hunter from the planet Duro, Cad Bane was the preeminent blaster-for-hire in the galaxy at the time of the Clone Wars. No quarry was too dangerous for Bane … if the price was right.”
Well, hey, this one’s actually pretty timely, huh? Or…is it? You know, cuz, umm, spoilers or whatever. Introduced in The Clone Wars cartoon, and patterned on Lee Van Cleef’s Angel Eyes from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, Cad Bane is probably one of the few examples of an attempt to create another Boba Fett actually kind of working. He’s generally a pretty popular character in his own right, and has managed to find footing in two additional series outside of Clone Wars‘ run. His toy coverage has been surprisingly sparse. He got a small handful of figures during the Clone Wars run, and back in late 2020, he also got a Black Series figure. Sure would be a shame if that thing were, like, impossible to get, or something, right?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Cad Bane is figure 6 in the Clone Wars sub-line of The Black Series‘s Phase IV incarnation. He’s only the second Clone Wars figure to get a standard release, though he did also get a Pulse-exclusive release, which was the same core figure, but with his robot sidekick Todo 360. The figure stands about 6 inches tall and he has 31 points of articulation. Cad’s articulation style is of the new breed of articulation for the Black Series figures, but as an earlier release, he’s kind of at the beginning of them figuring things out, so some of it’s not quite as refined as more recent figures. The joints are all there, but the range isn’t always. The neck and elbows are both more restricted than I’d like. Cad’s sculpt is unique to him. As a character that, at the time, had only animated appearances, there’s a degree of artistic license on translating him from Clone Wars into a real-world style. Things on this one end up adhering much closer to that animated style than any other characters to make the jump in this line, barring possibly Zeb. Essentially, they took the animation model, ever so slightly tweaked a few of the proportions, and added a fair bit more texturing. It ultimately works pretty well, especially given his more alien nature in-universe. There’s a lot of actual layering going on with the assembly of his outfit, which looks really sharp, and also gives him quite a bit more depth. The figure’s hat, bag, and breathing apparatus are all removable, adding some extra variety to his display options. I’m not super crazy about the hat, if I’m honest. The shaping seems a little bit off, and it doesn’t really sit securely at all, at least on my figure. You can kind of find a decent spot to hold it a little better, but even then, it’s not going to be staying in place during any posing. Cad Bane’s paint work is genuinely pretty solid. There’s not a ton of variety of color inherent to the design, but they make up for it with a lot of weathering, which helps to really sell the character’s gunslinger angle. Cad is packed with his twin blaster pistols, which he can either hold, or stow in his holsters. It’s a shame we couldn’t also get his rifle, but given how much is going into the core figure’s construction, it’s pretty understandable.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
If you keep up with the site, you might recall that I reviewed the rest of Cad Bane’s assortment of Black Series figures at the beginning of last year, while they were still rather new. Why not review Cad then? Because I didn’t have one. For whatever reason, that assortment was scarce, and Cad was the only one with no immediate re-stock, so I had to wait until they finally got the solid cases of him distributed, which took over a year’s time (hey, he did better than Bly, whose restock took almost two whole years, and happened after his packaging style had already been abandoned). So, it was a bit of a wait. Was he worth it? Generally, yeah. I’ll admit that he did let me down just a tad right out of the box, but that might have been due to the whole playing up the hype in my head thing. I’ve had him for a bit now, and I’m warming up to him. He’s got some issues, but I like the overall product a lot.
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