STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
Two days ago, I was discussing the Prequel Trilogy’s background Jedi, and the fact that they were always received pretty well. Don’t fear, my thesis still stands with today’s offering, but the turn around on cool stuff being done with him was actually way quicker than just about any other Prequel Jedi (barring the main guys, of course). Yes, Kit Fisto’s propensity for being cool goes back to 2003, when he got a focus episode of the Genndy Tartakovky-helmed 2D Clone Wars cartoon, showing him as an underwater bad-ass. It kind of stuck with the fanbase a bit, and Kit has subsequently remained a definite fan favorite. Fitting, then, that he finally gets The Black Series treatment.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Kit Fisto is figure 112 in the Black Series line-up. He is the final figure to grace the red-striped packaging that’s been running since 2015, which is honestly a pretty big deal. After the handful of false starts with the orange and blue line packaging, I don’t think any of us thought this one would stick around past number 100, but Hasbro managed to prove us wrong. And we get to go out with a real cool guy, which is really just the best. This version of Kit is based on his Attack of the Clones appearance, which makes sense, given the rest of the assortment. It’s also a pretty standard look for the character, so it’s pretty multi-purpose. The figure stands 6 inches tall and he has 29 points of articulation. Unsurprisingly, you aren’t getting much range of motion out of the neck, due to the tendrils, but he’s otherwise very impressively articulated, mostly due to being another re-use of the TMP Obi-Wan body. I like the body a lot, so I don’t hate its re-use here. It’s not totally accurate to Fisto’s garb in the movie, of course, with the lack of his more distinctive collar and the fact that he’s just got Obi-Wan’s belt and boots being the primary issues. That being said, it’s a much closer match than what we saw on Plo Koon, and ultimately works in a pinch. He gets a new head and hands to differentiate him a bit further, and those pieces are really great. The head’s definitely a good match for Kit’s appearance, or at least what it should be, since his AotC head is a little bit unfinished under close inspection. This seems to go for what that was *supposed* to look like, and that works better in the long-run. Kit’s paintwork is generally pretty decent. There’s some rather basic work on the robes, but they seem to be the right colors for the character, and the head and hands gets some really impressive accenting, which helps them to look quite lifelike. In my mind’s eye, I feel like he should be a touch more green, but that might just be the old Saga figure influencing my opinion. Kit is packed with his lightsaber, and that’s it. It’s a nice piece, but unfortunately the hilt isn’t able to be hung from the belt like Obi-Wan, which makes it a touch less impressive. And, again, he feels a bit light. A cloak would have been nice to help fill things out a bit more.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve been a Kit Fisto fan since Attack of the Clones, when I was determined to get his figure because I thought he was the coolest of the new Jedi introduced. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get him on the first shot, which is what ultimately led to me getting Plo Koon. Hey, it worked out, because I also love Plo Koon. I’ve definitely been wanting a Kit Fisto for Black Series, and I’m thrilled to have gotten both him and Plo in one fell swoop. This guy’s a really strong figure. I don’t know that he’s quite as solid as the Obi-Wan, but after the slight let-down on Plo, he made me feel a lot better.
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