Star Wars Rebels Saga Legends
Item No.: Asst. A3857 No. A8646
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: October 2014
Appearances: Star Wars Rebels
Bio:The Inquisitor is a Force-sensitive spy and interrogator for the Galactic Empire who uses a ring-hilted Lightsaber that he spins and throws in combat. He tracks down Jedi who escaped Order 66 and citizens who exhibit Force abilities. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
Availability: Click here to buy it at Entertainment Earth now!
Commentary: Saga Legends are here - and so are the first single-carded characters from a completely new piece of Star Wars media in North America since 2012. The last wave was Canada-only with Jedi Luke, a Snowtrooper, Darth Maul, and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Clone Wars). Darth Maul isn't carried in this wave, but the other three make their US debut alongside The Inquisitor, as do repacks of Jango Fett (previously Mission Series), Darth Vader (also previously Mission Series), and the Clone Trooper (Saga Legends 2013).
Thankfully Hasbro at least decided to put The Inquisitor in an exclusive boxed set with his TIE Fighter at Target (hitting stores nowish), because he ain't in Wave 5 for some reason. From where I sit it appears that Hasbro may have exceptionally low expectations for this segment of the franchise, because with no launch, main characters in short supply, and what feels like little or no promotion to fan sites or in general, this entire segment could be swept under the rug pretty easily. This is a shame, because this is a decent figure. There are limitations in the "cheap" format, but our nameless villain here makes the most of what the budget allows. As the third Pau'an action figure that I can name, the figure has relatively shallow grooves on his head unlike previous members of his race. He has Sith eyes which just confuses me - we've seen them on Anakin/Vader, Darth Maul, and nobody else so far - so what do they mean, really? The yellow eyes have a black dot in the center and black eyeliner, plus red markings that seem like something Alice Cooper may have found kind of tame. Overall, it's a good look for him.
A black marker swipe actually fixed it, and while it's not a perfect match you really have to know where to look to see the problem. His belt and buckle are painted, as are his black matte boots. I assume a larger budget would have allowed for shinier shoes, but that's just a hunch - at least we get his cool ring Lightsaber. It's red clear plastic with a black hilt that fits well in either hand.
I find the Inquisitor to be more than satisfactory. I bet a more expensive one would be better - a few pennies on deco, a multi-piece weapon, and a mouth with exposed teeth could have made for a much more menacing threat. This pale, tattooed guy is clearly evil but the animation model's skin is a little more ashen, and his grimace more pronounced. Plus there's something unsettling about those grooves in the skin that, in this lighter colored plastic, is lost. If you can get behind a figure that feels like an older toy - and boy howdy, can I - this is one of the good ones. For the new figures as of this wave (Stormtrooper, Kallus, Chopper, and the Inquisitor) I'd probably rank Inquisitor near the top in terms of just looking like he's worth the asking price the most. Heck, at $7, he'd still be pretty good. Don't get me wrong, I love Chopper, but Chopper doesn't impress in quite the same way.
Collector's Notes: I got this from Entertainment Earth. This wave is starting to show up at Target, Toys R Us, and reportedly elsewhere.
Day 2,110: November 11, 2014