The Black Series 2020 Line Look Orange The Mandalorian Packaging
Item No.: Asst. E8908 No. F4357
Number: #26 - The Mandalorian
Includes: Storage box, frog, knob, bowl, Beskar mythosaur skull necklace, cookie tube, floating pram
Action Feature: Connecting lightsaber parts
Availability: December 2022
Appearances: The Mandalorian
Bio: A mysterious alien pursued by bounty hunters on behalf of Imperial interests. (Taken from the packaging, which occupies a fair amount of space in six languages.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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The Retro Collection Grogu gave you a similarly sized figure minus a couple of accessories for about $10. You could buy that figure, plus the first The Black Series Grogu (which features the same accessory box in this set), and it'd only be $20. Not included in the overlap are the cookies or necklace, which at best would be around $1 or $2 - and both of those other Grogu figures were also overpriced for what you got. I'm being repetitive now. My expectations for this one were low, and that turned out to be appropriate.
The figure itself has your little green buddy sitting down with jointed arms. Each hand has open fingers, and the right hand can hold his cookies. The head and each hand are jointed, and some brown paint over the brown garment is barely visible. His black eyes have a little pink around them, as do his ears. You wouldn't miss it if it were left out, and it's good that they did something with the deco to make it not seem like the most cynical product in the line.
What I wish Hasbro would've done was to include more than one Grogu in the set - there's so little going on here that they could toss two or three uniquely posed figures, with different expressions, and it would still feel like something of a bad value. But not this bad. If this were the only way to get the character, I would say hold your nose and buy it. But it's not - you have a lot of options and almost all of which can be had at a better price. (Surprising no one, my favorite is the "Kenner" one.) Making money is important but I think Hasbro really whiffed this one. Including a Grogu with a lesser character (say, the Client) to boost sales as an "accessory" would have made sense. Throw in other accessories as bonuses with other slower-selling figures to encourage collecting, or alternate Grogus, also makes sense. If this figure included droid parts or extra gear for Mando or just something that would make this seem like you got more plastic than a 3 3/4-inch scale figure for $10 cheaper, I wouldn't complain. But this did not happen. And it won't matter, because this will fly off the shelves as a 1-per-case figure during the weeks before season three of The Mandalorian premieres. The character's popularity will probably make this a critic-proof product unless people are over The Mandalorian or season three of the show winds up turning people off. I expect they'll be confused given how many people skipped The Book of Boba Fett, but such is life.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.
Day 2,999: January 31, 2023