ELITE PRAETORIAN GUARD with HEAVY BLADE
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“As the Supreme Leader of the First Order, Snoke was flanked by crimson-clad guardians, loyal protectors encased in ornate armor ready to defend the Supreme Leader from any thread.”
The Last Jedi‘s Praetorian Guards may not be on the screen for long, but they make the most of their time, and participate in the very coolest fight scene in the whole sequel trilogy. Plus, they’ve just got a very cool look. Actually, they have three slightly different, but all very cool looks, due to their three differing helmet designs mixed in amongst them. Hasbro opted for completely separate figures for each of these three helmets, something they delivered through a few different avenues. For The Black Series, I had two of the three, but was waiting on the last one. I wait no more.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Elite Praetorian Guard with Heavy Blade was an Amazon-exclusive Star Wars: The Black Series offering, which they placed up for order in the fall of 2017, in anticipation of the movie. It was the third of the three figures to be released. This one is the “underbite” helmet, which is the only one I haven’t looked at in any style here on the site (largely due to him being an exclusive in every case). The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 29 points of articulation. From the neck down, this figure is identical to the #50 Guard, which makes sense, since they were all the same. It’s interesting, of course, because it makes the one from the Guardians of Evil pack the outlier on exactly how he handled the skirt, since this one is sculpted, not cloth. The posability’s not there as much, but it does look better. This guy gets a new head sculpt in order to replicate the third helmet design. It meshes just as well with the body as the other two, and fits the styling of the rest of the armor quite well. It’s fairly easy to tell it’s a new piece, so that’s good. The paint work on this figure truly is just identical to the standard release figure, which is to say it’s basic, but it looks good. Apart from the helmet change-up, the other new piece for this guy was the weapon selection. He gets the larger Heavy Blade weapon, which is mentioned in his name. It’s a larger, and certainly impressive piece. He also gets a second weapon, which is more of a sword thing. Not my preferred of the two, but it’s nice to get the options.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
The slightly higher base retail on this release was enough for me to hold off on buying him right away. Unfortunately, he wound up selling out through Amazon, and that meant I missed out on him entirely. It always bummed me out, because this was my favorite of the three helmets, and I had missed out on both his Hasbro figures. Fortunately for me, Max had picked one up a while back, and while downsizing his Star Wars collection, he was kind enough to set me up with the one I was missing. I’ve reviewed the majority of this guy before, so it’s not like he’s doing a whole lot new for me, but it is nice to finish the set, and he really is the best of the three, so I’m glad to have him.