THE MANDALORIAN — BESKAR
STAR WARS: RETRO COLLECTION (HASBRO)
“The Mandalorian, known to a few as Din Djarin, is a battle-worn bounty hunter, making his way through a dangerous galaxy in an uncertain age”
A little over a year ago, I took a look at Hasbro’s first batch of truly new figures in their Retro Collection line, inspired by The Mandalorian. The figures were a pretty impressive set, and did a solid job of working as a believable continuation of the vintage line. A year later, we’ve got a follow-up to that set of figures, this time with a focus on the show’s second season. Headlining the second assortment is another version of the title character, this time decked out in his full-Beskar armor from later in the show’s run.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Mandalorian (Beskar) is the first of the six figures that make up the second Mando-themed series of Star Wars: Retro Collection, officially the fourth series within the wider Retro Collection set-up. The figure stands 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 5 points of articulation. He’s based on Mando’s look on the show post-Season 1 finale, as signified by the presence of the jetpack on his back. The head on this one appears to be shared with the prior Mando, but beyond that he’s all-new, as every part is at least slightly different from the prior release. While the previous Mando went a little earlier in the vintage line for his basis, this one is clearly going for a later in the Jedi line-style look, which is very much appropriate for what a potential vintage one would have looked like, given where the show falls in the overall timeline. His build is a little thicker, and the details are a little sharper, all without quite being at modern standards. Also, he’s actually got the cloth cape this time around, correcting the one notable “inaccuracy” of the last release. The figure’s paint work is more reserved than the last release, but it’s pretty good. The application is nice and clean, and all of the important elements are present. As with the last Mando, this one is packed with both a long rifle and a blaster pistol, which appear to be the same pieces as the first time around.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I very much enjoyed the first series of these, and was immediately ready to grab more. I was definitely happy about these getting announced. The Beskar version of Mando isn’t exceedingly new, or anything, but I like that they’ve gone for different vintages in how the two designs were interpreted. The end result turned out really well, and makes for a good starting point for the rest of the set.
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