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K-2SO and Captain Cassian Andor (Eadu) – Star Wars Black Series – Rogue One

Last weekend, Force Friday did not grant me a lot in the 6 inch line of Star Wars. I am not going after any of the 3.75 inch figures, but I may get some of the vehicles. I cannot do it on principle. They give us 5 points of articulation, I am not biting on that garbage. The figures look great, but I want something more than figures that just stand on my shelf.

Though I only found two figures (one at Target and one at Walmart) after going to 3 Targets and the Walmart after work). I was a little bummed I didn’t find Jyn, later that weekend I felt vindicated since I saw there was going to be a special Target 3-pack with the same Jyn inside, so I don’t want to buy the same figure twice. This is probably why her figure is sitting at $15 on Amazon, while the rest of the figures are continuing to climb. I am certainly looking forward to getting my hands on the Death Trooper and Shoretrooper, but the two I found are certainly getting me started on the fun to come as we approach Rogue One.

I am excited I found K-2SO and Captain Cassian Andor in the same weekend. Andor reprogrammed K-2SO from his ways as a killer, and now these two look like they are going to be the Han and Chewbacca of Rogue One. This is definitely going to be a pair to watch out for, moving forward.

K-2SO

“The Captain says you are a friend. I will not kill you.” About all we have about this guy so far, and already the people are excited about seeing more of this Imperial turned Rebel as we move at a slower and slower speed toward Rogue One.

This guy is everything I expected and more. From watching the first trailer for Rogue One, it was sure that this was going to be one imposing figure. K-2 stands over 7 feet tall, so in the Black Series, that means standing over 7 inches tall.

The proportions are exaggerated to create this droid. The main torso and head are about the size of a standard human. Then they went and lengthened the legs by half again. The designers added equal length to the thigh and calf to allow for what I can only assume is faster running speed. When they redesigned the arms, the length was all added to the forearms with a similar look as a chimp.

The details on K-2 are outstanding. The torso is mostly a shell, but there are lots of added details on the chest and back.
Under his torso, on his upper waist, there is even more detail.

One area I wondered about was in his joints. At the elbows, knees, and ankles, his joints are hollow like giant washers. I was wondering how Hasbro was going to pull that one off. Well, they did it very well. The joint section attached to the lower arm is actually clear plastic. Part of it is painted to match the rest of the joint, and then they added a swivel above the elbow to allow the arm side to side motion
With the knee, it is a joint system of top and bottom put together similar tot he elbow, but both the top and bottom of the joint have a swivel, since the knee moves more dynamically than the elbow.
Way down at the ankle there is a third set of joints. Once again we see the clear plastic inset. This time there is and added piece of articulation that allows the foot to bend in and out, as we have been seeing over most of the Hasbro figures as of late.

Way up top, K-2 has a metal skull set atop a toothpick of a neck. I imagine this would have been a prime place for the Rebels to attack the Enforcer Droids.
The K-2 figure has two ball joints, one on each end of the head. That gives him so much motion.
To finish off the articulation, K-2 has great movement in the shoulders with a very wide range of motion. He also has a funny double joint going on in the hips I am still trying to figure out.

Captain Cassian Andor (Eadu)

The creator of K-2SO, and the guy sent to watch over Jyn Erso, since she is a bit of a live wire.

I am glad to see that the rest of the Internet is wonder what “Eadu” is at the end of his name. In The Force Awakens” we got Finn (JAKKU) where we know Finn to have landed a few times. It seems Eadu is probably a name of a place as well, but somewhere with a fairly cold climate. The outfit is similar to the clothes the Rebels wore on Hoth. In the trailer it looked like there were lots of places smushed together. We saw Jyn in her Jedha outfit, and I am thinking Jedha and Eadu are different places, but the desert can be cold too, so Eadu could be a city on the moon of Jedha. We will see I guess.

The outfit that Andor is wearing is as we would expect. The details and paint are right on. The jacket has lots of wrinkles and folds, and helps break up the solid blue color. The bottom of the jacket, below the waist, is rubber. It is broken on both sides to allow the wearer to access pockets or holsters.

Andor comes with three accessories. He has a large blaster (well detailed, but solid grey plastic), a smaller handgun (same grey plastic, but silver paint apps) which fits into his holster, and his hat. The hat has a lot of color painted on all over. It sits well on his head. The motion of the head is a bit restricted with the hat on, but I am sure anyone who is wearing a giant jacket and then puts on a big hat with a scarf attached to it, will also have some trouble moving their heads.

The articulation is pretty good. We expect a lot from Hasbro now, so when it is not perfect, we really take note. He has all of the standard, neck, shoulder, elbows, wrist, hp, knee, and ankle. One that is really missing is a swivel somewhere on the leg. Generally we see a swivel joint either on the thigh or at the top of the boots. This really hinders our ability to pose the figure. Most of the time, if the figure is a bit top heavy, we can swivel that leg back a bit to steady the figure. Not this time around, and that is a bummer.

Overall, I am loving the starting point for the Rogue One figures. I love that they were released early, so we can all sit around and photograph and stare at these characters we don’t yet know. I am looking forward to adding to this collection of figures as we move closer to movie day, December 16, 2016.

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Star Wars Black Series: Speeder Bike with Biker Scout

I have a few of the 6in Black Series figures, but there was none that I was more excited about than this one. The Biker Scout is far and away my favorite of the Storm Trooper types, and to get a scale Speeder Bike to boot?  Too much!

The Scout looks absolutely fantastic. He has all of the slimmer armor of the Scout, with some good paint detail to show his time in the environment. No shiny white for him.

He has the great movement we have come to expect from the Black Series 6inch line.

The bike is pretty well done. Pretty much an upscaled version of the original toy, but with greater detail and accuracy. Gone are the little feet that allow the bike to stand, this time going with a stand that has balls to allow posing of the bike in flight.

The stand works pretty well.   There are three balls on the points of the stand to allow for some dynamic poses.  There is one tall leg for flight, and two shorter legs for more of a hovering look.

Let’s not forget that there is an actual figure to go along with the bike.  He looks great!  From the massive points of articulation to the paint apps, he is bound to be a fan favorite.

And of course, when all else fails, there is the tiny holdout blaster in the boot.  And boy is it tiny.  It comes banded to the leg.  Once loose, it is easily lost. Be careful.

And because I know someone will be wondering:

Two scales to show just how impressive the larger scale really is.

 


Star Wars Black Series – Han Solo

With the great success I found in the Boba Fett Black Series action figure, I figured it was time to go again.  This time I went for the scruffy looking Nerf Herder hinself, Han Solo.

I was instantly impressed by the large selection of accessories he comes with.  His standard belt and gun, as well as a Strom Trooper belt and gun.   He also comes with an extra set of hands with flying gloves on.   His alternate right hand is posed the same as the standard hand, ready to hold his gun.  The left had varies from his standard hand, looking more like he is about to grab something.

I don’t know if there is anything they could have done to make this a better figure.  He looks fantastic.  The paint is great, and it looks like hm.  He has good articulation (not as good as the Marvel Legends, but I don’t think Han was that flexible anyway).

Boba Fett seems slightly shorter.  I am not sure if we ever really see them face to face, so I cannot guess as to how well this size matches up to “real life.”   This, being my second figure, is definitely making me keep my eyes open for more.


Star Wars Black Series: Boba Fett 6 inch figure

I was a little bit on the reluctant side to spend so much money for what would ultimately be a scaled-up version of a figure I already have  a bunch of, but I was pretty sure it would be darn cool to have such a large scale Boba Fett.

Standing tall, he comes with his jetpack, blaster, and blaster rifle.  His cape is made of fabric.  It is pretty stiff, but I am glad it is fabric.

There is a lot of paint detail on him.  I figured if I were to only get one figure from this line, he would be a good one to go with.  Han was my other choice, but Boba won out with a better all-around sculpt.  All of his buckles are painted.  His jet pack and his helmet have a lot of weathering on them.

He has some great articulation.   Double joints in the knees make for some dynamic flight poses.

Now, why couldn’t Playmates make a Shredder that is THIS tall?  This is a perfect size to go up against the Turtles.  Boy, Leo looks pissed at Boba.

You know Boba is good with the ladies.  He is a little tall for these two, but come on, who wouldn’t be short around a couple of Amazon types?


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