Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 3,001: Axe Woves (The Black Series)

AXE WOVES is big and cool
The Black Series 2020 Line Look The Mandalorian Packaging
Item No.:
Asst. E8908 No. F5524
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: 25 - The Mandalorian
Includes: Blaster, helmet, jet pack
Action Feature: Removable helmet, blaster goes in holster
Retail: $24.99
Availability: December 2022
Appearances: The Mandalorian

Bio: A skilled warrior, Axe Woves is loyal to Bo-Katan and is a member of a band of Clan Kryze Mandalorians striking back at the Imperial remnant. (Taken from the packaging.)

Image: Adam's photo lab.

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

Click here to buy it at Amazon now!

Good, but no surprises! Axe Woves is Death Watch Mandalorian [FOTD #2,988] with new deco, a new head, and a new belt piece. TV shows have to reuse armor designs, props, and costumes to save money. As luck would have it, toy lines do too - so you've got basically the same figure with some changes, and now it's a new character! This is exactly how this figure should be made.

Axe Woves has a new head that looks a lot like the character on the show, complete with pretty good painted scruff. His eyes are decent, the skin is good, the scars aren't bad, and they did a nice job in making sure he looks exactly like how he should look. This figure would've blown your minds ten years ago, and today it's merely just another regular release. It's sort of mind-blowing how much better he is than those first The Black Series figures.

The costume is mostly the same. There's a new leather plate attached to the belt to give the torso a slightly different look, and it slightly alters the figure's appearance. This is good, because it's what they did on the show. The boots are the same, the armor is the same with new paint - some panels are now dark gray, and there are new and different battle damage marks. The backpack is pretty much the same, the helmet is repainted, and you still get the articulated rangefinder. The stripe on the helmet looks good, too.

With decent articulation, my only knock on the figure is I wish he had more gear. His mold-mate has two blasters, and he has one - no doubt the pennies went to the helmet and painted head, but for $25 I would love to feel I'm getting a little more value. Our Marvel brothers get 1/6 of a figure as a bonus at the same price, and G.I. Joe might get six or seven accessories plus an alternate head. There's nothing wrong with the figure itself, but it would be neat if it came with literally anything. Even just a part of a 6-jointed "trooper" display accessory statue figure or something to make these figures a little more enticing.

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

--Adam Pawlus

Day 3,001: February 7, 2023

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