STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“A Clone Wars veteran and now wandering Jedi, Ahsoka Tano forges her own path in the galaxy, righting injustices that she discovers”
Shifting the Black Series focus a bit for today, I’m moving from The Bad Batch forward in the timeline to the post-OT world of The Mandalorian. While the first season was largely populated by characters original to the show, the second season saw a number of returning faces from elsewhere in the franchise. Continuing her role as the connective tissue of the Star Wars TV shows is Ahsoka Tano, who serves as Din and Grogu’s first contact in the wider Jedi world. She’s subsequently re-appeared in The Book of Boba Fett, and is slated for her own series next year. She’s no stranger to toys, of course, but she’s just recently gotten a whole swath of live action-inspired figures, including a Black Series release, which I’m taking a look at today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Ahsoka Tano is figure 19 in the Mandalorian sub-set of Black Series‘ Phase IV incarnation, the first of the three Mando figures in the second assortment of 2022. The figure stands 5 3/4 inches tall and she has 29 points of articulation. Ahsoka’s articulation scheme is actually a pretty impressive set-up, all things considered. The legs, specifically at the hips and knees, have been designed to allow for a very wide range of motion, while also still maintaining the cohesion of the sculpt. It’s a careful balance, but one that works out very well here. There are some restrictions in a few spots, of course, notably on the neck, due to the head tails, but given the overall nature of the design, it’s commendable that they got it working as well as they did. Ahsoka’s sculpt is an all-new one, and it’s a strong one at that. The likeness on the face is a solid recreation of Rosario Dawson in the role, and the body sculpt is realistically proportioned and has some really sharp texturing and detailing. Ahsoka’s paint work is generally pretty basic for the line. The printing on the face makes her suitably lifelike, and they’ve done a nice job with the markings on her face and head tails. The body gets all the basics. Nothing really crazy; just some blues and greys. The application is cleanly handled for the most part, though there are a few spots on my figure where some of the masks were clearly a bit misaligned. In particular, her right wrist bracer’s greys are off by just a bit, making the whole thing look oddly shaped. Ahsoka is packed with her two lightsabers. The blades are removable, and the hilts can be hung from her belt. It’s definitely on the lighter side, but it’s also about what’s expected from this line. I can’t really think of anything else she could really get, apart from maybe a soft goods cloak.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I enjoyed Ahsoka’s reappearance on The Mandalorian, and I really dug Rosario Dawson in the role, so, despite her only being minorly different from the other Black Series Ahsoka I have (on the outside, at least), I was still interested in seeing what Hasbro could do with the updated design. She works really well. I dig the new articulation set-up a lot, and I think this design works pretty well for the format. Of the two Black Series Ahsokas I have, this one’s definitely my favorite.
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