Each week we take a close look at a comic collectible. That means taking it out of the package. While Star Wars didn't start out as a comic book, there's no denying the numerous great series we've had over the years. We currently have Brian Wood's STAR WARS, which has been fleshing out the period after Episode IV. This week the second issue THE STAR WARS comes out which gives us a strange take on the universe, compared to what we're used to, since it's based on the original screenplay.
Hasbro has released a new line of action figures called The Black Series.
Aside from the traditional 3.75" figures, there is also a 6" line in fancy-looking boxes.
Good thing they didn't make a Snowtrooper figure because it'd probably look a little silly not being in snow.
The Sandtrooper comes with three blasters and a backpack.
The 6" format allows for more articulation. That lets you put the figures in different poses without them looking ultra-stiff. It's also easier to get them to stand since you can position their feet as well.
The other cool thing about the Sandtroopers is the dirt/dust adds more detail. The regular Stormtrooper looks too artificial being all white, for some reason.
I have always wondered what Darth Maul would have thought about the Clone Troopers or Stormtroopers.
The Darth Maul figure offers a little variation. He comes with his two lightsabers that can join together for his double blade.
The figure also comes with a pair of micro-binoculars. Always good when you're trying to find pesky little chosen ones.
The other cool thing is this figure comes with a second head. You can remove the cloak (which has a head attached) and put on the unhooded one.
Without the cloak, he looks like he's ready for action. He's ready to take on any Jedi-poodoo. Again, with the different articulation, you can position him in several ways to capture the action pose you're looking for.
There are a couple of cloth pieces on the figure so his outfit isn't all molded plastic. There is a good amount of detail all around.
The problem with these figures is they retail for $19.99. That seems to be the going price for today's collectible figures but twenty bucks for a single figures is starting to feel a little pricey. Still, it's a good looking figure.
That's it for this week. Do you like your Star Wars figures 6" or 3.75"? There is also a new line of 3.75" figures in this Black Series. We'll have another item featured next time.