The Black Series Publishing - Shared Exclusive
Item No.: No. F5585
Action Feature: Harness has clip for bowcaster
Availability: August 2022
Appearances: Marvel's Comics
Bio: The ferocious and skilled Wookiee gladiator turned bounty hunter, Black Krrsantan has worked for the likes of Jabba the Hutt and Darth Vader. (Taken from the box flap.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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Made no doubt to tie in to The Book of Boba Fett where the Wookiee is bulkier, fluffier, greyer, and generally better looking, this comic-specific incarnation does a good job of serving its purpose - minimal new tooling to maximize a return on the investment while providing fans with something that is arguably new. If Hasbro put this level of work in a 3 3/4-inch The Vintage Collection figure, we'd probably happily accept it because we're used to it - but in the bigger line it's something of a disappointment. Back in 2014, the elbows couldn't bend very well so our dark-haired pal here has little room to move to carry his bowcaster. The armor is nifty, and the new head does a great job as an idealized version of his head from numerous comic book stories. You get the roaring mouth with pink painted interior, you get the scar, and you get some lightly-colored braids. What you don't get are uniquely colored fingers and toes, as Hasbro decided to skip deco completely on the limbs and body, unlike the many Chewbacca figures which have light brown and dark brown hair. Santo's armor has no paint, while Chewie tends to have multiple painted ammo cartridges. In effect you're paying more for less, and since a TV-specific Krrsantan is coming, I assume this version will be less desirable at some point next year.
I admire Hasbro for coming up with a way to get a popular new character out quickly - even if, I assume, it was probably at Disney's urging before The Book of Boba Fett even aired. It's not great - but it's exactly the level of new elements one might expect when development started prior to anybody seeing the series. I appreciate that they went to bat and gave it to us, but on the whole The Black Series has been an interesting exercise in "good enough for now" with so many figures getting new faces or entirely new figures down the road. For those who love every new body type of Wookiee they can get, this is a must-buy. The sculptor did a great job on the head and the body, while dated, was excellent for its day. It's better than nothing, but something better than this is coming next year - so maybe you'll just want to wait a bit.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.
Day 2,966: October 6, 2022