The Black Series 2020 Line Look Mustard Star Wars The Phantom Menace Packaging
Item No.: No. F0490
Number: #01 - Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
Includes: Cesta, Atlatl, Gungan Personal Energy Shield
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: December 2020
Appearances: The Phantom Menace
Bio: A clumsy, well-meaning Gungan outcast on Naboo, Jar Jar Binks struggled to prove his worth throughout his life. (Taken from Hasbro marketing materials.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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Before we get critical of the why and the how, let's talk about what you actually get - a very good figure. This Jar Jar Binks delivers a good collector's release, but seems to exist mostly through the lens of the time during the prequels. The skin pattern is excellent, the colors are spot-on, and the face is decidedly not wacky. I kind of wish he looked goofier, but there's always a chance for another release with a mini Pit Droid and an alternate head down the road. (Personally, I'd love to see him with the numb tongue face and the dopey thumbs-up, like Gentle Giant did for their excellent mini bust.) The team at Hasbro did a bang-up job making sure he looked like the best-possible-for-2019 (despite his 2020 release) Jar Jar Binks figure, taking design cues largely from the 1999 figure. The skin is right. The vest is right. The pants are right. They painted the claws and toenails perfectly. I daresay it looks more lifelike than the very good-for-1999 CGI model on the big screen.
It's a very good figure, and unless Hasbro does a Jar Jar 2.0 - and I hope they do, just for alternate head sculpts and a folded-up Pit Droid - this figure is exquisite. I can fault the price point, but I can't fault the quality. Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.
Day 2,774: February 2, 2021