The Black Series 2020 Line Look Orange Star Wars: The Mandalorian Packaging - Target Exclusive
Item No.: No. F0874
Number: #05 - Star Wars: The Mandalorian
Includes: Jetpack, pistol, rifle, cape, Beskar ingots (5), pram, lid, Grogu, tracking fob
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: November 2020
Appearances: The Mandalorian
Bio: The Mandalorian as a battle-worn and tight-lipped, a formidable bounty hunter in an increasingly dangerous galaxy who finds a mysterious alien pursued by bounty hunters on behalf of Imperial interests. (Taken from the packaging.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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The Mandalorian [FOTD #2,748] but with more accessories and a retooled head under a removable helmet. It doesn't fix other quirks - a cloth cape would'e been nice, and the kid doesn't have jointed arms - so it's probably not "worth the money," as it were. But it completely sold out and it's impossible to get, which sort of shows the changing nature of this business - right now the character of Din Djarin is so popular, it doesn't matter. The basic figures are so underserved that Hasbro can pump out more of the same figure, or barely changed figure, or a slight redeco, and it doesn't matter if completists want it or not - there are hundreds of thousands of fans who would likely buy one if only they ever saw one in a store.
As a gift set, this is great - you get a lot of stuff in here and for $35, it's cheaper than the secondary market going rates for these two characters. You could get this Mando and skip the previous version and not feel like you're missing anything, other than the issue with Pedro's nose rubbing the inside of the helmet. It's all here, it's just as good, and you get a little more. While I would've loved to have had the beskar container, I don't work in their approval or budgeting department so I don't know why we got five card-sized metal blocks that aren't really any fun and serve no purpose other than "easily lost extra." But the fob, the kid, the pram, and the unmasked head? This thing could probably be run several more times and sell out. I've yet to see it in the stores myself, so what I think doesn't really matter. The market has spoken, and they love it. And they're right to love it - but if Mando had shinier armor or a cloth cape, this would've been the best thing ever. Instead, it's just pretty good and enough new stuff comes in the box - like the head - to make you not feel like a putz for giving Hasbro and Target another $35. If you luck into it, you may as well buy it.
Collector's Notes: I got mine my pal Scott since Target was always out. Thank you Scott!
Day 2,795: April 1, 2021