The Retro Collection 3 3/4-Inch Action Figure
Item No.: Asst. F4200 No. F4458
Includes: Hammer, tongs, fuzzy cape
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: May 2022
Appearances: The Mandalorian
Bio: The Armorer plays a vital role in keeping the culture of the Mandalorians alive. She forges beskar armor in the ancient tradition of her people. (Stolen from the marketing copy. Packaging has no bio.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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The Armorer is particularly nifty because she has design elements that begged to be Kenner-ized, and others that made me wonder how they could pull it off. Her quilted gloves look a lot like elements of the old (also 1990s) Hoth Rebel figures, and look exactly like I imagined. The boots look good, the armor and helmet were pulled off well, and the gold helmet is a lot duller than I'd have expected. I would have anticipated vac-metal gold (which Hasbro avoids now) or something a bit more metallic, but there's not a lot of dull metal paint on old Kenner figures other than the Snaggletooth silver boots. She does have metallic gold paint on her belt, which is consistent with the older figures. Most figures had little or no paint on their belts, usually one paint application at the most.
This line is a weird kind of time-travel for me - I remember seeing those last figures in clearance bins, mostly Duloks and Klaatu, for a couple of years after the lines died. I always thought it would be cool to see more figures, and this series is what I would have wanted for my birthday in 1987 had they existed. Given that The Armrorer is very stingy with her paint applications, she seems to fit right in with those old figures - but her hammer and tongs do seem a little big for the era, plus it's unlikely Kenner of the 1980s would have given many figures three additional accessories. Thankfully Hasbro did it, and plussed her up a bit - she's pretty perfect to me, and I hope they throw us a Paz Vizsla later. (And maybe a forge playset.) She's an absolute joy and I hope you find and buy her. But if you're not in your late 30s, 40s, or 50s, this style of figure may just be confusing. It means absolutely everything to guys my age who are me.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.
Day 2,937: June 28, 2022