STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“The marshal of Mos Pelgo, a small town on Tatooine, Cobb Vanth has earned the trust of the townsfolk as a capable peacekeeper and leader”
While The Mandalorian’s second season was in production, we knew from an early point that Temuera Morrison was returning in some capacity. Boba Fett was, of course, the heavy rumor, as his return had been theorized since the show’s announcement, but we didn’t know for absolute certain going into the season. The creators certainly had a good time with that, because in the first episode, Mando goes to Tatooine looking for more of his people, and encounters someone wearing Boba’s armor…only for that person to take off the helmet and reveal himself not as Boba, but instead as Cobb Vanth, a character introduced in the Aftermath novels from right after Disney acquired the franchise. Though he may not have been the bounty hunter most fans were looking for, Cobb was none the less a rather popular character in his own right, and even got a follow-up appearance in The Book of Boba Fett. He *also* got an action figure, and I’m gonna be taking a look at that today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Cobb Vanth is the 18th figure in the Mandalorian sub-line of Star Wars: The Black Series‘s Phase IV incarnation. He’s a deluxe-sized release, presumably on the basis that all of the figures using the new armored Fett pieces have been. It seems to be more of a complexity of build thing, rather than a pure scale or size thing. Cobb was *supposed* to be out back nearer the beginning of the year, but apart from a few small quantities dropping, he didn’t really seem to arrive. Thankfully, as of the last month or so, he does seem to be hitting in a bit more force. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 31 points of articulation. Cobb is making use of the more modern set-up for articulation in the Black Series line, so it’s got a better range than earlier offerings. That said, amongst his contemporaries, he’s a little more on the restricted side. He’s still able to get a lot of solid poses, though, so he’s very workable. Cobb’s sculpt re-uses a few pieces from the recent Boba figure, which makes sense, since it’s the same armor and all. This includes his torso armor (which has the wookie braids removed) and his gauntlets. The rest of the sculpt is all-new, and does a solid job of recreating Cobb’s look in the show. His likeness isn’t spot-on, but it’s a respectable enough recreation of Timothy Olyphant in the role, certainly close enough to get the idea across. The rest of his outfit is quite well assembled, with some impressive texturing, especially on the tunic. He’s got an extra scarf piece, which is sculpted to fit around the armor. It’s a bit too loose and floaty, but otherwise looks the part. Cobb’s paint work is generally pretty solid. The advanced weathering on the armor really captures the feel, and his face, hair, and beard paint is also quite lifelike. The base color work matches well with his palette from the show, and the insignias on the armor are quite sharply defined, as well as matched well with the RotJ Fett. Cobb is packed with the helmet and rocket pack to match his armor, as well as a pistol and a rifle for proper armaments. The helmet is the same as Fett’s, but just not glued to the head. It doesn’t sit quite as well on Cobb’s head, but I’m not really looking to display him helmeted anyway. The pack is largely the same as the prior Fett release (albeit with a more broken-in paint job), but gets the adjusted rocket at the top. Both of the guns are new pieces, and they match well to what he’s seen carrying in the show.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
As someone who’s on-record as being skeptical about Boba Fett’s role in the whole Star Wars thing, I had no pre-conceived notions about Fett’s presence in Mandalorian. The misdirect with Cobb was fine by me, and I quite liked how his character shaped up in the show. I was very definitely down for him getting a figure. It’s taken a while for this one to make his way out, and he’s not 100% perfect, but he’s still quite a lot of fun.
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