STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“It is difficult for scoundrels to remain neutral in the war between First Order and Resistance, and Zorii Bliss and the Spice Runners of Kijimi must soon take a side.”
Though her screen time was a little more on the brief side, I was nevertheless quite a fan of Zorii Bliss’s appearance in The Rise of Skywalker. She had a cool look, served a designated purpose in the plot, gave us a little more development for Poe, and was just a rather intriguing character. Prior to the film, I had purchased her Vintage Collection figure on something of an impulse, but after opening I wasn’t wowed. So, after the movie, I was definitely jonesing for a slightly better version of the character. Black Series to the rescue!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Zorii Bliss is figure 103 in the Star Wars: The Black Series line-up, making her numerically the first of the most recent assortment of figures (and placing her directly after the last assortment’s Wedge Antilles figure). She’s one of three Rise figures in the latest assortment, and the only actually named character of those three. The figure stands just under 6 inches tall and she has 31 points of articulation. The smaller Zorii’s articulation was one of my biggest issues with the figure. There was a lot of it, but not much of it was very practical. This figure’s articulation works out far better, and is on par with the best of the more recent Black Series offerings in terms of poseability. In particular, there’s a ton of range on the neck and the arms, which makes her a lot of fun to get into various action poses. The joints are well-toleranced, so she can hold stances well. She’s also a good deal more stable on her feet than the smaller figure. While the figure still does fall over in more extreme poses, I had a lot less trouble keeping her up for the photos for this review. The sculpt was really the one thing the smaller Zorii had going for her, but this figure nevertheless builds on that further, taking advantage of the larger canvas to add even more detail, and to also sharpen up the details. The helmet in particular really turns out much nicer on this version, with a more film-accurate design, cleaner lines, and the one feature missing from the smaller figure: a removable visor! In the film, Zorii never removes her helmet outright, but she does slide the visor back a few times, giving us a glimpse of her eyes and some of the helmet’s internal structure. The visor on this figure can be popped out, revealing a fully detailed pair of eyes, as well as some more of the helmet. It’s a really cool feature, and I was happy it didn’t get overlooked here. Paintwork is again an area where the smaller figure did okay, but again this one does better. The base detailing is all clean, and the metal sections get some decent weathering to match the real world items. The eyes use the face printing tech, so they look nice and realistic as well. Zorii is only packed with her two blaster pistols, which is slightly light, bt the removable visor does at least off set that a bit. It probably would have made more sense to include Babu here, but then they wouldn’t have the hook for that 3PO figure, so it’s really a catch-22.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I was hopeful for this figure when it was shown off, because it looked a bit better than the smaller one, but I was a little apprehensive. That lessened a bit when Hasbro confirmed the removable visor, and after getting the figure in hand she’s just genuinely a really nice figure. She’s got one really good figure giving her a run for her money on best figure of her assortment, but it’s neck and neck, let me tell you. Definitely the best Sequel Trilogy figure in the line, though.