The Force Awakens The Black Series 6-Inch Figure
Item No.: No. E2989
Includes: Pistol, 4 lightsabers, cape
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: March 2019
Appearances: Revenge of the Sith
Bio: General Grievous was a brilliant Separatist military strategist and a feared Jedi hunter, known for his ruthlessness and hacking cough. His body itself was a weapon, allowing him lightning quick strikes and devastating blows. But he was also quick to run from a fight, a tactic that worked until one final meeting with Obi-Wan Kenobi. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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The cape, I don't like the cape. It drapes oddly around the neck, it hangs strangely, and it lacks the distinctive robot skull on the back that most of the previous figures had. It just feels weird - but so did the 3 3/4-inch cloth cape last time around.
But it's 1.0. If Hasbro revisits this figure with a corrected cape, perhaps with a better drape and the symbol, you might want to buy it again. A stand and retooled arms could also make a neat reissue down the road - I'm sure someone is already contemplating some sort of 2-pack with Obi-Wan Kenobi. If you're reading this in a future where Grievous did get some sort of revised "Archive" reissue, I'm sure that one has got to be better than this one. This one is OK - but it's a little blah given that we're 14 years out from Revenge of the Sith and things like that cape symbol should have been caught by Lucasfilm if Hasbro missed it. Don't they have people dorkier than us in their approvals department? Hasbro got it more accurate in 2010 with The Vintage Collection - given the premium deco and pricing with The Black Series, I would have hoped for something better. It's by no means a failure, but given the quality of previous releases and the fact that those older figures were more accurate to the movie's design, hardcore fans will be disappointed but your average schmuck will see this as a perfectly acceptable General Grievous figure that will, over time, probably fall off your desk and will see a lightsaber blade snap.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.
Day 2,569: March 19, 2019