The Black Series 2020 Line Look Orange The Mandalorian Packaging
Item No.: Asst. E8908 No. F4351
Number: #20 - The Mandalorian
Includes: 2 Beskar stacks, 1 ice cream maker, 1 fob
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: May 2022
Appearances: The Mandalorian
Bio: A mysterious Imperial who keeps a low profile in a safehouse on Nevarro, the Client is the face behind an otherwise faceless bounty, an off-the-record assignment with a high value. (Taken from the packaging.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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I'm thrilled to see this figure, in part because Werner Herzog isn't just a great director but he's become something of a beloved pop culture fixture. Paul F. Thompkins' impersonation of him is a hoot, Herzog's Parks & Recreation appearance was one of the most delightful TV moments in recent memory, and now he's a plastic man. (I would've preferred 3 3/4-inch, retro or vintage, but don't I always?) The outfit is pretty spectacularly evocative of the bad guys from the saga. The belt and hte clothes under the coat look a lot like Imperial Officer gear. The coat itself looks sort of like a modified First Order coat. I had to compare the boots and legs against other figures, because they looked so familiar - but with the newer-style knees, they're new too! the txture on the coat is remarkable, the boots' texture is good, and the body and pants are about typical. They did a good job giving him a bit more color than we usually get on the old Imperial suits. The gold medal, ribbon, and chain are also particularly well done, but what really struck me was his neck joint. It's not obvious, but there's an extra cut under the three-level ribbon so the neck moves in multiple spots, allowing him to look up, or hunch over, or lean to the side. It's a nifty addition.
I'm glad Hasbro (or Lucasfilm) stuck to their gun and left blasters out - he never shot anybody, so giving him the camtono (ice cream maker) makes a lot of sense. You can give it to Mando, and he can hand off the beskar inside. The lid pops off, or you can fold down the sides. If that weren't enough, you get a tracker fob - it's not the first time we got one at this size, but it's a welcome accessory. Not everybody needs to be strapped.
This is the kind of figure you make for collectors - the old guys with faded hair aren't typically what sells to the tiny tots, but adults who really dug Fitzcarraldo are in for a treat. This was a great bad guy and I love that, in the grand tradition of early Star Wars, he doesn't even have a name. Thanks to the famous face, distinctive costume, and menacing demeanor, I'd say this is a must-have figure. Unless you find him too unsettling, in which case, maybe skip this one. I'm just thrilled to see more new characters from the 2019 debut given that it has been over 2 1/2 years. They didn't forget him!
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.
Day 2,947: August 2, 2022