DEATH WATCH MANDALORIAN
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“An extremist clan that attempted to take over Mandalore during the Clone Wars, the Death Watch Mandalorians are tenacious warriors embracing the ancient traditions of their people”
The first “mainstream” follow-up to Boba and Jango Fett in terms of depictions of the Mandalorians in Star Wars was in The Clone Wars, where the terrorist group the Death Watch appeared as antagonists of the Republic forces, attempting to take Mandalore back to its warrior roots. The Watch took on a number of different forms over the course of the series, as they took over control of Mandalore, and eventually had their own splintering following Darth Maul’s machinations within the Watch. Though the Watch are classically seen as antagonistic, The Mandalorian casts a slightly different light on them, placing them in the role of a young Din Djarin’s savior’s during the Clone Wars. Well, at least one of them, anyway. Since their appearance in the flashbacks in Season 1, the live action incarnation of the Death Watch has been slowly finding its way into toy form. Today, I’m taking a look at the Black Series version.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Death Watch Mandalorian is figure 21 in the Mando-sub-set of Phase IV of The Black Series. He’s both the final Mando themed figure in this assortment, as well as the final overall figure in the assortment. He’s the fifth army builder to come out of The Mandalorian, as well as the third time we’ve gotten some form of Mando Warrior army builder in Black Series. He’s based on the Mando that saves Din during his flashback in the Season 1 finale, but all of the other Mandos in that sequence appear to be wearing the same armor, so it works as any of them, really. The figure stands about 6 inches tall and he has 28 points of articulation. His articulation structure is about what you’d expect for an armored figure in the modern incarnation of the line. He’s got quite of mobility, and can generally pose pretty nicely. There’s a little bit of restriction at the shoulders and hips, but other than that, everything’s pretty great. This figure is sporting an all-new sculpt. At first glance, he appears to share the head/helmet with Boba, but this one’s actually a single solid piece, with no actual underlying head. There’s a chin and such sculpted under there, but it’s not fully designed. I suppose there’s no real need for it to be a separate piece if there’s no chance of ever taking it off. The rest of the body sculpt is pretty nicely handled. The armor plates are separate pieces mounted in place, which gives it a nice, properly assembled feel. The paint work on the Death Watch Mando is a decent set-up. He’s much cleaner than a lot of Mandos, but that’s accurate to what we see on-screen; guess they had more time for armor upkeep in those days. It’s a cool color scheme, which is rather unique. I very much dig all of the blues. The figure is packed with a larger blaster rifle and a small blaster pistol, which are both pretty fun pieces, as well as a jet-pack, which appears to be an all-new one, different from the others we’ve seen.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I dug the Death Watch look during Clone Wars, and I definitely dug the updated version of the design that showed up in The Mandalorian. Given it’s short appearance, I wasn’t expecting to see it show up particularly soon, but it’s also not something I thought was entirely unlikely. I liked the Clone Wars version that came out in 2020, but it was built on an old mold, so I was glad to see the all-new version show up here. He’s a really solid, really fun figure, showcasing all of the advancements that Hasbro’s worked into this line in the last few years.
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