The Black Series Fan Channel Exclusive Action Figure
Item No.: No. F5304
Includes: Scarf, BD droid
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: October 2022
Bio: Celebrate the season with specially designed Star Wars figures from The Black Series! (That's the on-pack bio.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
Availability: Click here to buy it at Entertainment Earth now!
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Wait a minute, I know those socks. Even though I think this is a generally neat toy, it's always hard to buy a collectible figure for the sake of it being a collectible figure, rather than a cool thing from the other cool thing that I watched. Due to manufacturing problems and freight delays, Hasbro completely missed Christmas 2021, and I bring it up because this figure (whose date stamp of 13011) implies it was produced October 28, 2021. This means it may have been sitting in warehouses and boats for a year before it got in anybody's hands. But hey, now it can be yours!
These figures are a gaudy exercise and a monument to holiday consumer excess - but so is toy collecting, so I can't fault game respecting game (and/or synergy.) For those with a droid collection (or those who specialize in holiday figures) this is sort of neat but I do find myself wishing it was 3 3/4-inch scale so it could be cheaper and take up less room. I don't think you can squint and picture this figure in any particular movie or TV show or comic scene, so it basically exists as a holiday decoration, in a box that looks like a can of Diet Coke. It's not your dad's action figures, those hewed closer to TV and the movies.
As a consumer product, as a holiday decoration, it makes a lot of sense. As part of Hasbro's massive ongoing action figure collection output, it's goofy. The various metallic, credit collection, and holiday figures combined with photoreal repaints have certainly made for distinctive - if expensive - elements to a collection that certainly made me reconsider and ultimately torpedo my sense of collecting them all. But one? Or a couple? Sure, why not - I like robots, but this is a very, very silly figure that will most likely end up in the back of the shelves where it will remain until I have to move once again. I don't feel the need to buy a dozen holiday guys to the tune of $250 or more. But I like this one.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.
Day 2,976: November 10, 2022