STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“Jaxxon is a nearly 6-foot tall, green-furred, Lepi smuggler and captain of the Rabbit’s Foot. Known for his wise cracks and high kicks, Jaxxon has helped Han Solo and Chewbacca out on more than one occasion.”
For some reason, this review has been very hard for me to start. Well, I say “for some reason,” but I suppose it’s a bit more transparent than that. There’s a rather big reason that anything is difficult for me these days. I guess the “for some reason” comment more relates to how difficult this one review has been for me to actually sit down and write. I’ve even written other reviews around working on this one, so it’s apparently just this particular green space bunny that’s giving me trouble. Said “green space bunny” is Jaxxon, a big green bunny man created by Roy Thomas and Howard Chaykin for Marvel Comics’ Star Wars #8. He’s one of the earliest full-fledged EU creations, and is rumored to have been removed from the comics on Lucas’ request, although this rumor remains unsubstantiated. Though an early player, Jaxxon was removed from the franchise just as early, and has up to this point been completely without a toy in a very toy-driven franchise. Seems like a shame. Fortunately, Hasbro’s on top of it.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Jaxxon is another of the four comics-based Star Wars: The Black Series line-up, alongside the previously reviewed
Carnor Jax Kir Kanos. Jaxxon is notably the only figure in the set without any prior toy treatment, as I noted in the intro. There was just no love for the bunny before this. The figure stands about 6 1/2 inches tall counting the ears (closer to 6 without them) and he has 27 points of articulation. Though he looks very unique and different, Jaxxon actually has a fair bit of re-use going on. His upper half is X-Wing Pilot Luke, and his lower half is ANH Luke. He’s a lot of Luke, I guess. It’s a combo that works pretty decently, though I’m admittedly a little surprised he’s not just a straight up Pilot Luke re-use. I guess this keeps him a little more diverse. Aiding in making him look sufficiently different is a new head, chest plate, and belt with holsters. The new head is certainly a more realistic looking design than he usually gets, in keeping with how the line has handled other more cartoony characters, I suppose. This is really Jaxxon viewed through the lens of actually being in one of the OT movies, where he’d have just been another guy in a rubber mask. It’s a departure from the artwork on the box, but it’s not bad at all. The new overlay pieces for the armor and belt sit well on the figure and do a strong job of selling him as having more new parts than he does. Generally, the result of this mix of parts is a pretty good one. His paint work suits the design. It’s not many colors that you tend to really associate with Star Wars, but that helps him feel more unique, and certainly true to the character’s nature. Application is pretty clean, and the head even gets some accenting to keep it from just being a basic green. Jaxxon is packed with two blaster pistols, re-used from Jaina Solo. Unfortunately, we once again have a figure with two blasters, but only one hand with a trigger finger. Come on guys.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Disclosure: I’m talking about Jess a lot today.
I could give you the exact road map to how exactly “Green Space Bunny Pilot” invariably leads me to dwelling on Jess’s final days over and over again, but I can’t say that knowing the how really truly explains the why. I suppose, technically, you could say it’s because this was the first item added to my collection that she never saw (since he came into the store before she passed, but I didn’t actually get him until after), and I suppose it could also be linked to him being another Star Wars piece, and how much we both enjoyed the franchise. I suppose it could even be because he’s a Black Series figure, and that the figures I was photographing on the day that she asked me what I was doing and I answered “just taking a few photos of some action figures,” were the first series of Black Series. Or it could even be because he’s the first of the comic figures I’ve reviewed since Kir Kanos, who was the figure I was reviewing the last day I sat with Jess before we knew it was the end. There’s a lot of supposing in there, huh? That’s because I really don’t know any of it for sure. I just know that, for some reason, every time I sat down to write this, it got very hard to do so. I think it’s because Jess probably would have gotten a real kick out of the Green Space Bunny. Seems like something that might be up her alley, honestly. This feels like something I very much would have gotten to show her, and to experience with her, but it’s one of the first things I didn’t. That sucks. Plain and simple, it just sucks. The figure doesn’t, for what it’s worth. I actually quite like him, and look forward to more deep cuts like this for the line. And perhaps those ones won’t be quite as hard for me to write about. Time will tell.