The Black Series The Force Awakens-Era Line Look, 6-Inch Figure
Item No.: Asst. B3834 No. E6052
Includes: Helmet, blaster
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: June 2019
Bio: On a mission gone wrong, Doctor Aphra finds herself at the hands of a formidable Sith Lord, Darth Vader. A rare survivor of such meetings, Aphra is recruited by Vader for her skills in reprogramming droids and her apparent lack of remorse for breaking the law to get what she wants. (Taken from the packaging.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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While the figure does share elements of tooling with Jaina Solo, Chelli Lona Aphra recreates her character design from the comics quite well. A departure from some other breakout comic stars like Amaiza, the Zeltrons, and Darth Talon, Aphra gets such rare accoutrements as pants and a complete shirt. But does she get pockets that actually work? We may never know. The figure uses the photo-real deco on her face - fun, as he never had a real-life model - but it looks good. Her eyes have a little sparkle, but there's a little color bleed around her eye shadow areas. This was sort of common with some of the earlier photo-real printed figures, and later toys are a lot better. The brown vest has a hint of weathering on it, and it looks superb - the same is true of her shirt. The pants are also nicely textured, and the fingerless gloves... OK, those could be better. There's a little slop there.
Because it's the 21st century, modern design aesthetics have crept in to stories timed around the original Star Wars film - I've got mixed feelings about this. Her ensemble seems to evoke Han Solo and other smugglers, and that's perfect - I love her flight cap with goggles, too. She also has circuitry tattoos, and ink in the 1970s was mostly reserved for sailors, bikers, and rockstars - it was a rarer thing. Obviously it's a big galaxy, but in the entire original trilogy tattoos are far and few between, so it always struck me as a little odd if you're trying to capture the design philosophy of the Carter era. (They weren't, obviously, this is my hang-up.) They're only on one arm, and everything else about this figure is pretty amazing.
If she gets reissued for a lower price, you should pick her up. It's an amazing figure - her droid pals 0-0-0 and BT-1 are no slouch either - so I'd recommend picking one up if your budget allows. Fairly few modern Marvel-era characters have been made as figures, but the series continues to pick up new readers and is likely to keep doing well - meaning more figures can't be far behind.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth in 2019.
Day 2,848: August 19, 2021