STAR WARS: RETRO COLLECTION (HASBRO)
“Bo-Katan Kryze has been fighting for the future of Mandalore since the Clone Wars. The last of her line, she leads a team of Clan Kryze Mandalorians striking back at the Imperial remnant”
Remember back in 2021, when Bo-Katan was a prominent character with no toy coverage? Man, that really turned around fast, huh? Now getting a Bo-Katan figure feels all blasé. As I mentioned the last time I reviewed her, much like sand, she’s coarse and she gets everywhere. And that includes the Retro Collection. Though, to be fair, she hasn’t had one of those, and with it being so Mando-focused, it’s hard to blame them. So, I guess we’ll dive into that.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Bo-Katan Kryze is the second to last of the six figures in the second mass-release assortment of the Star Wars: Retro Collection line. She’s also the third of the four Mandalorians included in the line-up, and the fourth Bo-Katan figure from Hasbro. The figure stands a little under 3 3/4 inches tall and she has 5 points of articulation. She’s another all-new sculpt, inspired specifically by her appearance in the second season of The Mandalorian, but there’s enough vagueness there that she can work for other looks too, should they ever gay around to working any of the other animation characters into this style. Her sculpt has her helmet as a permanent fixture for the figure. The vintage line didn’t really do removable headgear, so it tracks. That said, there’s a part of me that wonders if maybe they should have gone unmasked for her, just to at the very least mix up the look for the assortment just a little bit. But who knows how exactly Kenner would have handled it. Whatever the case, it’s still a pretty cool look, and the sculpt handles it well, hitting that midpoint between her on-screen look and the vintage Fett sculpt that’s inspired all of this line’s Mandos. Unlike the original Fett, her range finder is all the way up, rather than the partial bend. It’s still really short, but more in line with how Power of the Force II handled it. The paint work on Bo-Katan is probably one of the most tweaked, for that vintage set-up. Since the vintage line was dealing with much more limited applications, so is this figure. So, she doesn’t get much detailing on her mid-section. The most impressive work is definitely on the helmet, which gets the full assortment of detailing for her unique markings. Bo-Katan is packed with a pair of blaster pistols, which are kind of comedically sized, just as they should be.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Bo-Katan is a somewhat frustrating character, I suppose, but she does make for a good toy. And, given how far reaching she is, I suppose the toy treatment makes sense. With the heavier Mando-focus of this assortment, she’s a natural fit. The figure does alright with the vintage style, and, even just as a generic Mando, she’s still pretty fun. I’d love to see a Koska and Axe to go with her.
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