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Star Wars Black Series – Chirrut Imwe

I cannot, for the life of me, properly remeber Chirrut Imwe. I keep wanting to go with Churrit Imwe, or Chimwe Irrut, or some backwards variation. Last week I commented on his partner Baze Malbus.

So Chirrut Imwe is the closes thing Rogue One has to a Jedi in it’s cast. Ok, technically Darth Vader is in the cast, but he’s kind of a minor character who mostly exists for fanservice. It’s never super clear if Chirrut is force attuned or anything, though given his martial arts skills adn that his character is blind, it seems likely. Unfortunately for Chirrut, he lives in a time without Jedi, so no one was able to train him. He is sort of a Jedi sympathizer monk of some sort.

Where Baze Malbus is kind of a stocky brick of a figure, Chirrut Imwe is considerably less restricted. This is great since he is sort of a martial artists character. He has a nice cloth skirt that allows his legs to still be posed in kicking or jumping poses without limiting the articulation. His torso doesn’t have anything particularly glaring that gets int he way of the arms either.

Chirrut comes with an small assortment of weapons. First is his staff weapon. It’s pretty straight forward. He also includes his crossbow, blaster, weapon thing. It’s kind of hard to describe. It’s basically a space rifle, but it has an extra handle piece that can slip over the barrel with little fold out bits that make it look sort of like a bow or a crossbow. It’s a laser gun though, so it doesn’t exactly shoot bolts. Then again, we are talking about a series that includes a Wookie that wields a bowcaster crossbow.

Chirrut Imwe is probably the most exciting figure to come out of the Rogue One series of figures. It’s a shame that he was hard to come by for a long time and it seems like a lot fo people kind of forgot Rogue One even was a thing.

Star Wars Black Series – Baze Malbus

Star Wars: Rogue One gave us a nice interesting ensemble cast of heroes. What it didn’t really produce was a particularly great line up of figures. A couple of the more interesting characters in the movie and figures are Baze Malbus and his partner Chirrut Imwe. Both of these figures were actually kind of hard to come by for a while, partially because wave 1 of the Rogue One waves sold incredibly poorly. For a good while, you basically were looking at paying a ridiculous mark up on either figure on the secondary market.

I’ve seen both show up at Five Below, at least in the states, so, they are considerably more affordable these days. This is extra nice since these guys certainly work better as a pair. Unfortunately for Baze Malbus, he is the weaker of the two.

The basic sculpt is pretty nice, his outfit is interesting and he has a nice stocky build that’s not too common in Star Wars figures. He also sports a pretty hefty backpack to support his heavy gun. While the backpack is a cool design, it really hinders this figure all around. It’s very heavy and Baze can hardly stand up on his own without falling over. His bulky design already hinders his pose-ability to begin with.

To top it off, his head suffers like most of the Rogue One figures with a very soft sculpt and paint job. There was definitely something weird going on with the production of thee figures that didn’t help them look exciting when on the shelves.

If you’re not a big Rogue One fan, you’re not really missing out on anything skipping Baze Malbus, but he does compliment Chirrut Imwe nicely in a display, and chances are both will be available together.

Star Wars Black Series – Anakin Skywalker

Star Wars has been on a bit of a low point lately for toys. Not really a low point of quality or anything, if feels more like a low point of interest. The last few movies did alright, but not really amazing, and a lot fo the character designs were kind of bland. Lately they have been tapping into some of the older movies, and part of that, thankfully, involves re-releasing some of the previously release Black Series figures in the Archives line.

This isn’t a new line or anything, it’s been going on for a while, but it’s been getting better. They aren’t straight re-releasing figures for starters, they tend to have better paint apps and modern face print technology. Basically, they tend to be better. Anakin Skywalker was originally figure number 16 in the Black Series, released way back in 2014 or so.

This particular iterations is based on his appearance in The Revenge of the Sith. The pinnacle moment for Anakin, when he turns to the Dark Side and becomes Darth Vader. Though he doesn’t have a red light saber, Anakin didn’t have a red saber anyway, he does have an alternate “Evil head”. The second head is similar to the main head, though the pain apps make him look a bit more pale and he is scowling a bit more. Both looks good though, using the more modern print tech.

The only other accessory is his light saber. Like a lot of Star Wars figures, the blade is removable and the hilt can be hung on his belt. One thing of note, the blade and hilt feel a lot more rubbery than previous light sabers. The older ones are a little bendy, likely mostly to keep them from breaking easily, but this saber in particular seems really rubbery more than soft plasticey. It holds it’s shape and works already, but I kind of worry about sagging over time, which happens a lot with swords that aren’t real stiff.

The base figure is very similar to other Jedi releases, probably the same mold even, but comparing him to Revenge of the Sith Obi-Wan, he somehow is slightly better articulated. I couldn’t really get Obi-Wan to hold his sword with two hands properly, but Anakin could pull off a few two handed poses. He still can’t do anything real dynamic with any two handed poses, which is a bit of a bummer. The upper arms get caught up on the chest tunic too much.

I had been a little worried that Black Series was going to completely abandon the older movies for a while but they have really been pushing back into them. I’m glad they have re-released Anakin here, he’s one I’ve been wishing I had in my collection.

Weekly Wednesday Haul – These Are the Droids I’m Looking For Edition

I want to make a bit of a behind the scenes confession.  Sometimes I sit on stuff a bit to better balance out these posts.  Or to make them work for “clever titles”.  Or to be sure I have something for the future during a slower week.  Like Black Series 3PO, which I’ve had for a few weeks now, but I wanted to wait to pair him up with other “gets”.

Star Wars Black Series C-3P0

This “normal” version of C-3P0 is a Walgreens exclusive repaint of the Episode 7 one with the dumb pointless red arm.  Personally, the Red arm should be the exclusive, but then we’d just have a new shelf warmer for Walgreens.   His main issue is that Black Series R2-D2 came out in like Wave 1 or something, years ago, so he is impossible to find.  That’s where my other pick ups come in.T

Star Wars Black Series C-3P0, Bandai R2-D2 and BB-8

Bandai makes model kids for Star Wars.  1/12th scale models kits.  There’s a 3P0 and R2 kit, but there is also a newer kit with R2 and BB-8, which ended up being perfect for my wants.  I’ve been torn on BB-8 somewhat, Black Series BB-8 comes with Rey.  I already have a Rey from the K-Mart set that includes the display base and saber, but no BB-8.  Getting this set gets me a really really nice R2 and really really really nice BB-8.  I may do a full review down the road, but I cannot stress more how incredibly impressive both R2 and BB-8 are, especially since the set cost around the same as a single Black Series figure.  They have add on bits, and all of the articulation you would need, this includes BB-8 with his really clever engineering.

Keeping int he Star Wars theme, I also picked up a couple of Black Series figures on deep clearance at Wal-Mart.

Star Wars Black Series Jyn Erso

First off is Jyn Erso.  I’ve been holding out a bit hoping for a mark down of the Target 3 Pack that includes the proper Cassian, but I’m not real sure I even like that figure at all, and for the price, I decided to just stick with the single Jyn.

Star Wars Black Series Kylo Ren

I also picked up Kylo Ren, minus the mask.  I have the original release of Kylo Ren, and I didn’t really want to pay another $20 for what amounts to a better light saber and an unmasked head, but for $7, I could go for that, especially since he spends more time minus the helmet vs with it.