Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,997: Migs Mayfeld (The Black Series)

Ex-Imperial Criminal Disguise

The Black Series 2020 Line Look Orange The Mandalorian Packaging
Item No.:
Asst. E8908 No. F4360
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #27 - The Mandalorian
Includes: Backpack with blaster, four additional blasters
Action Feature: Removable backpack with extending blaster arm, four working holsters
Retail: $24.99
Availability: December 2022
Appearances: The Mandalorian

Bio: A hot-headed ex-Imperial sharpshooter, Migs Mayfeld was once a smart-mouthed leader of a gang of criminals. (Taken from the packaging.)

Image: Adam's photo lab.

Availability: Click here to buy it at Entertainment Earth now!

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This is a real good 6-inch figure. Migs Mayfeld gives you everything you want and does it well. Not only do you get Bill Burr, but you get four working holsters, four identical blasters, and a bonus backpack-mounted blaster. It has pretty much everything he needs, and no extra fluff you need to figure out where to store later/lose later. Articulation is good if not exceptional, and in many respects, you could probably paint him green and put him on your G.I. Joe shelf without looking out of place. Hasbro did good here, and I'd say Mando fans should pick him up.

After Q9-0, Migs is the second (and hopefully not last) figure from the gang in season one. Spreading them out far apart probably results in diminished enthusiasm, but it's another good figure with a lot going for him. A dark, dark blue costume is augmented by a brown shirt and a number of holsters that look like he stitched them together himself. There are a total of five blasters - four in holsters, one on a mechanical arm in his backpack - and everything fits in pretty nicely. (One of mine had a slightly bent scope, so it goes in the chest holsters.) The costume looks just like the show, with some light leather bits, some dark leather bits, and some painted metal elements.

Hasbro also wisely molded much of the figure in color. He doesn't have nor does he need painted detail, thanks to the simple costume design, so you can just pick him up and marvel at the subtle fabric patterns sculpted on his shirt plus the detailed pockets. The gloves have tiny ribs on the fingers and padding on the knuckles, making this look like a great replica of the costume. While he isn't an exciting alien or a cool robot, he is an excellent translation of what we saw on TV down to the photoreal head with an acceptable amount of painted scruff. I assume the technology will improve with time, but it's better than anything we got five or ten years ago.

It's great when Hasbro can do a great figure of a fun character. Migs' body seems like it could be reused for other figures down the road, which could be great. He doesn't have the fancy shoulders with the extra swing-forward motion, but other than that every joint works well with the kind of standard complaints you might expect. The legs can move, but the holsters block them from moving too much - that is the price of carrying a lot of heat. The elbows and knees have a good range of motion and he doesn't tend to flop over with the tight - but not necessarily super smooth - joints. I'd recommend this figure because I love seeing my favorite character actors and stand-up comics appear in Star Wars, but you'll want it because it's a quality interpretation of the costume. I hope they make Burg and Xi'an too at some point, especially if they can be prodded to do a Kenner-style wave with the whole crew.

Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 2,997: January 24, 2023

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