Monday, October 30, 2017

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,421: Elite Praetorian Guard (The Black Series)

The Force Awakens The Black Series 3 3/4-Inch Figure Walmart Exclusive
Item No.:
Asst. B4054 No. C3621
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: Bladed staff
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $11.92
Availability: September 2017
Appearances: The Last Jedi

Bio: As the Supreme Leader of the First Order, Snoke was flanked by crimson-clad guardians, loyal protectors encased in ornate armor ready to defend the Supreme Leader from any threat.  (Taken from the figure's packaging.)

Image: Adam's photo lab.

Availability: Click here to buy it at Amazon now!

Commentary:  Army builders and villains are staples of Star Wars, so it's good that the Elite Praetorian Guard exists - this Walmart exclusive is super articulated.   It's also presently the cheapest guard you can buy in this scale - the others appearing in a 2-pack with Rey and in a BB-8 playset.   So far Hasbro has released three (announced four) varieties of 3 3/4-inch Praetorian Guard.  I don't know if we've seen all of the costumes, either.

The design is similar to the simpler figure, with a lot of articulation and cloth skirt pieces.   The plastic one looks better, but this poses better - so I'd say you need both.  You may disagree.  You are wrong.   The aesthetics are changed up quite a bit, even though the helmet is the same - but things like bend-and-swivel wrists and articulated elbows greatly change his possible poses.  Or her!  We don't know.   I assume they're going to see more action in the new movie than previous generations of guards, but it wouldn't surprise me if they just stood there like a statue.  I love that it's an action-packed figure that has articulated ankles (not rockers, mind you) and it has no problems standing - but the other version has less than no problems standing.

I could see troop building this guy, but I don't know if I should - how many are in the movie?  And in which style?  And are there other accessories coming, or is this it?      The design isn't suddenly better, but the articulation gives it more personality - it's less a chess piece and more a figure of action.   Maybe there's a better turn of phrase for that, but I can't think of it.  Give me time, it will come to me later.   Getting a look at the boots and thigh swivels makes for a more interesting toy, and given its price this is probably the one you're going to want to buy.

Collector's Notes: I got mine from Walmart.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 2,421: October 30, 2017

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