Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,449: First Order Officer (The Black Series 6-Inch)

FIRST ORDER OFFICER with Admiral Ackbar
The Black Series 6-Inch Toys R Us Exclusive
Item No.:
   No. C3225
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: Blaster, second figure, second blaster
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $39.99
Availability: November 2017
Appearances: The Last Jedi

Bio: The officers of the First Order military forces show unwavering allegiance to Supreme Leader Snoke, leading his massive armies and fleet in  relentless drive to dominate the galaxy. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)

Image: Adam's photo lab.

Availability: Click here to buy it at Amazon now!

Commentary:  Based on the deco of the First Order Officer uniform, this could be the officer Finn clobbered to steal his outfit.   "DILLON" is the name written on the band of both figures, so seeing as the figures also apparently share engineering it's safe to assume this is the guy Finn beats up.  It works for me.   His hat is removable, the blaster fits in the holster, and he has just over 25 points of articulation.  It's good.  Since I have no idea who it is, I can only assume it's good.

The nameless fellow is sculpted with a hairless head, painted with a spray-on fade.  The hat fits snuggly over the head, with decently painted lips, eyes, and eyebrows.  It's difficult to say if it's good or not, because he's really nobody - this is just the figure you had to buy to get Admiral Ackbar.   If you're army building or doing dioramas - which I assume at this point is an audience of 3 dudes and Hasbro for their convention displays - this is a fantastically useful figure or great fodder for customs.   By virtue of giving the First Order some decent, distinctive villains it seems we're going to have fewer needs for a bad guy buck to modify for other figures.  It's a smart use of a figure that already exists, sharing parts with Finn, and it's nice to have more bad guys to fill out a shelf.   Having said that, I don't blame Hasbro for bundling a non-name character with someone fans want.

The sculpting is perfectly nice, a decent recreation of the movie uniform with a clean, undamaged look.   His glossy boots look great, the holster is useful, and the removable hat adds some personality and potential customization to the figure.   I like how it stands, it poses well, and it has great interaction with his well-painted blaster accessory.  But it's not exciting, it's not a named character - it's a great figure that you probably don't need for your collection.  Get it if you're getting Admiral Ackbar, or if you appreciate a good generic trooper figure.

Collector's Notes: I got mine from Toys R Us.   This set sat around.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 2,449: January 24, 2018

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