The Black Series Return of the Jedi 40th Anniversary Packaging
Item No.: Asst. F6853 No. F7078
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: May 2023
Appearances: Return of the Jedi
Bio: Commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi with figures from The Black Series, featuring classic design and packaging! (Taken from the packaging. There isn't anything specific to the character.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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Figures like this are sensible from a manufacturing perspective, but after the original Chewie, multiple issues of The Force Awakens Chewie (including the theme park one and Archive one), a Cloud City Chewbacca, Solo Chewbacca, the comic Krrsantan, and whatever I'm forgetting, Hasbro has made some good money off this mold by only changing out the head, deco, and sometimes, accessories. It was a pretty big and impressive figure for the price, and I have to say I'm glad Hasbro hasn't succumbed to temptation to charge "deluxe" prices for this "basic" figure. And it's not bad - the new head has Chewie's distinctive parted hair and spiked collar, complete with a chain that sadly is not linked and feels a little too short. His jaw is a separately molded piece, but his big blue eyes and slightly-parted mouth is surprisingly expressive. The designers did a good job capturing his personality without blacking out the eyes.
At nearly a decade old, the elbows that don't bend a full 90 degrees and legs that are hindered by a hairy skirt piece feels increasingly old. I don't know if Hasbro can do better, and neither do they - it would have been nice to see Chewbacca 2.0 by now. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this figure unless you don't have any Chewbacca, or want this specific one for a diorama or packaging collection. Hasbro did a great job with it, but given the limited number of slots, and how many figures we get are just trooper and clone repaints, it is incredibly difficult to name more than a couple of genuinely exciting figures in this scale from the past several months.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.
Day 3,040: June 22, 2023