STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
Isn’t it great how the Star Wars movies are all spaced out in such a way that you’re bound to be celebrating some sort of anniversary for them, almost every year? The more recent theme on the Hasbro side has the been the 40th anniversaries of the Original Trilogy films, and up to bat this year is Return of the Jedi and its original 1983 release. As with all the other 40th celebrations, Black Series is getting a couple of rounds of retro carded figures, which are a mix of old and new offerings. There’s but one new offering in the very first of those assortments, and it’s one of those devilishly divisive Ewoks. But it’s not just any Ewok: it’s Wicket! He’s, like, the best one!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Wicket was released alongside re-carded versions of Endor Leia, Endor Han, the Scout Trooper, and Skiff Guard Lando in the first series of the RotJ Retro Carded Black Series figures. As noted in the intro, he’s the only unique figure this time around, and he’s our third Ewok in the line. As the main Ewok, it’s a little surprising that it’s taken quite this long to release him, but he’s at least a good choice for an anniversary. As of right now, he’s exclusive to the Retro Card, but it wouldn’t be that shocking to see him show up in the standard line later, as they’ve done with a few of the other anniversary figures. The figure stands 3 inches tall and he has 20 points of articulation. Given how small he is, he’s honestly got a pretty impressive articulation set-up. The only major joint missing is the knee, but that would probably have broken the legs up too much, and it admittedly doesn’t mess with the movement too badly, due to the range on the hips and ankles. Wicket’s sculpt is all-new, and it’s a very strong one. He’s very small, of course, but that’s proper scaling for him, so it makes sense. Even with his smaller stature, there’s a ton of texturing, and it’s got a great likeness of the Wicket costume from the movie. The face in particular really captures the look of the character. His hood is a separate piece, which can be removed if you’re so inclined, but it’s not really much to look at that way. He just looks extra goofy. But, it’s cool to have the option, and it stays in place very well. Wicket’s paint work is pretty well handled, with accenting on his hood and his fur. The fur jumps a bit in intensity from piece to piece, but the head is again the best work, with a rather subtle set-up, as well as gloss on the eyes that really helps to make they pop up against the rest of the face. Wicket is packed with his spear, which is his signature weapon. Presumably to make up for his smaller size while still occupying the standard price point, Wicket also gets a bow, an arrow, and two different styles of club. They’re not things that he uses in the movie, but they’re good base Ewok weapons, and it’s not like he *couldn’t* have used them at some point, and it does give you extra options.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Back when I was still operating under the delusion that I was only buying a very select run of figures from Black Series (in 2013, when the line first launched), Wicket was one of the figures on my list that I was definitely buying. I assumed he’d be the first Ewok at the time, and also thought we’d be seeing him sooner than ten years into the line, but I knew I wanted him all the same. In an otherwise kind of lack-luster launch wave for the 40th RotJ figures, Wicket was a pretty exciting figure, and in hand, I really dig him. Sure, you’re paying full price for a figure that’s half the size, but there feels like an extra attention to detail on this one, and to me he feels like a better deal than Yoda and R2 were. And he’s just a fun little guy.
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