The Black Series Publishing - Shared Exclusive
Item No.: No. F2816
Includes: Bladed staff
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: May 2021
Appearances: Dark Horse Comics
Bio: Training himself in the ways of the dark side of the Force, Carnor Jax became one of the most formidable members of the Imperial Guard. He betrayed this brotherhood by usurping the Imperial throne. (Taken from the packaging.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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This figure is basically the same as the 2018 Royal Guard figure with a new cape and new deco. You have to appreciate Hasbro's foresight - I mean, it's smart to plan for this inevitability - by sculpting perfectly good Kir Kanos armor under the cloak of the Royal Guard so you can cash in on your tooling investment later. He has a swell Biker Scout pistol, a newly-tooled double-bladed staff, and a cape with surprisingly vibrant purple metallic lining. It's a little garish, but I like it - and it's unlikely to be seen in most poses anyway.
For fans of weird errors - and Hasbro has had surprisingly few, given their thousands of releases - you'll want this. For comic fans, this is a must-buy. And for those like me who appreciate Hasbro actually making 6-inch figures of some of the more popular Expanded Universe characters of the 20th century, it's an absolute delight to see that what we feared - the complete shunning of an entire galaxy of characters - didn't come to pass. Seeing Kir Kanos along Jaxxon and the now-canon Thrawn, it's just a delight. Nothing is ever perfect, but this is a valiant effort in the context of a line of retools and repaints. If you can get it, get it. I would not anticipate a retool with an unmasked head unless someone decides to plus it up for a future convention exclusive.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.
Day 2,833: June 29, 2021