GRAND ADMIRAL THRAWN
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES ARCHIVE (HASBRO)
“Thrawn was a male Chiss, known for his brilliant strategic mind and ruthlessness, he was determined to ‘pull the Rebels apart piece by piece’ for the Empire.”
Late last year, I did my first review centered on Grand Admiral Thrawn, a rather notable character in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, and one of the first elements from the old EU to be officially canonized by Disney following their take-over of the franchise. Thrawn’s inclusion in Rebels netted him a couple of new figures, a feature in Star Wars: The Black Series included. Thrawn was originally an SDCC release, and then got a standard release alongside the first chunk of Last Jedi items in late 2017. Both of them proved rather scarce even at the time, and in light of the rest of the Rebels figures getting re-released over the fall, Thrawn was in dire need of some sort of reissue. Thankfully, Hasbro’s Archive series is here to the rescue on that one.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Grand Admiral Thrawn is part of the four figure line-up that makes the third series of The Black Series Archive. Thrawn, like the rest of the Rebels figures, is designed to be a real world approximation of his animation model. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 27 points of articulation. Structurally, this figure is, of course, identical to his original two releases. Additionally, his articulation scheme follows the set-up of the other Imperial Officers we’ve gotten in the line. Interestingly, however, he’s got no parts in common with any of those figures. Presumably, it’s in order to make Thrawn a little taller than the other Officers. Whatever the case, it’s a good sculpt, and matches the other officers well, while still adding a bit more variety to the Officer’s line-up. Compared to some of the more recent figures in the line, his articulation is a little bit restrictive (the vast improvements really started to hit just after this guy was released), but it’s certainly enough for the sorts of poses you’ll be putting Thrawn into. Thrawn’s head sculpt is a solid translation of his animated design into a more real world appearance. Like with Hera, the more alien elements do seem to aid a bit in the transition, so he doesn’t wind up looking quite as wonky as Kanan or Ezra. Thrawn’s paint work is generally pretty cleanly handled. It’s mostly pretty basic work, but the application’s pretty sharp. The one notable change-up for this release is the transition to the printing technique on the face. It’s not as drastic a change on Thrawn as it is on other figures, but it’s a touch more lifelike and generally looks quite nice. Thrawn’s only accessory is a small blaster, which he can hold, or stow in his holster.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I missed out on Thrawn the first time around. I don’t believe I ever actually saw him in person, and, admittedly, I wasn’t really looking, since I hadn’t really had any exposure to the character at the time. I’ve subsequently read a bit of Timothy Zahn’s work with the character and watched through Rebels, which left me really wanting to have him in figure form. Thankfully, the Archive release hit just at the right time for me, allowing me to finally put this updated version of the character on the shelf.
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