STAR WARS RETRO COLLECTION (HASBRO)
NOTE: This review was written before June 6th.
“A vapor farmer on Arvala-7, Kuiil came to seek peace in an out of the way world, which is now being trespassed upon by criminals and mercenaries.”
It feels like just yesterday I was talking about the amazing turnaround The Mandalorian had done for Ugnaughts with the character of Kuiil, but apparently it was a whole month ago. Time is truly an enigma, isn’t it? Well, after two years of no Kuiils, Hasbro is giving us a year of three Kuiils, with the previously reviewed Black Series figure, the upcoming Mission Fleet release, and today’s offering, a Kuiil in vintage stylings!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Kuiil is part of the seven-figure Mando-inspired first mass retail assortment of Hasbro’s Star Wars Retro Collection line. The figure stands 2 1/2 inches tall and he has 5 points of articulation. Kuiil’s another all-new sculpt. He’s no doubt inspired by the vintage Ugnaught, them being of similar design struction and all, but there are no directly shared parts between them. The sculpt is a good middle-ground between screen accuracy and that true Kenner feel. He’s not technically accurate, of course, with the face being a little more alien, and the details of the costume are shifted around and adjusted a bit. It’s a bit like an early animated equivalent to the live-action look. The broad strokes are certainly, making him easily identifiable, but he at the same time feels very authentic to the older aliens. He’s even got that mix of one gripping hand and one different pose, which also feels very true to the cantina aliens. Kuiil’s paint work continues the Kenner style of slight inaccuracy. The colors are certainly drawn from a similar palette as the proper ones, and at first glance they honestly don’t seem that far off, but as you double check them, you realize just how far off they become. But again, this is the correct course for that truly authentic feel. And, it’s honestly a pretty good look regardless of accuracy. Kuiil is packed with his small blaster rifle, which he can hold in his right hand quite well.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
As I mentioned in the Black Series review, I’ve been waiting for Kuiil toys since episode 1 of the show. When it came to the retro figures, he certainly felt like a natural fit, and, after IG-11, he was probably the one I wanted the most. In hand, he’s really great, and is, up to this point, the figure in the set that best captures the feel that Hasbro’s going for with these figures. He truly feels like a proper ’80s release, and is just a lot of fun. Certainly a nice surprise of a figure. Both this and the Black Series figure were nice surprises, both for entirely different reasons, and I really dig them both for those differing reasons.