The Black Series 2020 Line Look Purple Star Wars Rebels Packaging - Deluxe Figure
Item No.: No. E5213
Number: #01 - Star Wars Rebels
Includes: 2 blast effects, Lasat Honor Guard Bo-rifle
Action Feature: B-rifle telescopes and can be mounted on figure's back
Availability: July 2020
Appearances: Star Wars Rebels
Bio: Meet the muscle of the Ghost team. Garazeb "Zeb" Orrelios was a cunning Lasat Honor Guard who adopted the cause of rebellion against the Empire. (Taken from Hasbro marketing materials.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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Zeb's about the right size, a head taller than Boba Fett and eye-to-eye with my movie Iron Man figure. He's taller than the rest of the Ghost crew, and his "realistic" face printing is always a little unsettling, as it is on other aliens. The printed-on face has a lot more detail than the animated model, but the same can be said of his skin - the stripes look as good as if not better than what we saw on the TV show. His colors and proportions are about the same, but some places - like the belt buckle - look colored a bit differently. As a "realistic" figure, Zeb stands out as an oddity given his bright colors and decidedly less bland costuming. The green and yellow costume looks like something out of Flash Gordon or Buck Rogers, but that's also exciting from the perspective of a collector. I mean, I've got tan figures, grey figures, black figures, and white figures.... yellow and green and purple? That's a rarity in Star Wars.
Comparing it to the other more expensive deluxe figures, this is one of the better releases. It doesn't necessarily feel heavier or more expensive, but the joints move more gracefully and it seems like he's ready to be posed in a much more exciting action sequence. I would've liked a stand - I am concerned about those double-swivel-rocker-ankles holding up to time and gravity. Aside from that, this could be a new unreasonable standard to which we can hold Hasbro. They've come a long way in engineering elbow joints, and these are much more subtle with better integration of the pins than other relatively recent releases. As a shared "fan channel" exclusives you'll want to order it online or from a local comic or toy shop - it won't be offered in big box stores. If you've been buying the Ghost crew you'll need Zeb - and getting him is going to make you ask if we're going to get Kallus plus important variants of Sabine, Kanan, and Ezra. I'm guessing no - but I'm glad team Hasbro waited to do him until they could do it this well. And also after the series ended. (Rebels took a while to get better.)
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.
Day 2,728: September 24, 2020