Thursday, October 26, 2023

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 3,076: Krrsantan (The Black Series)

Not a Very Big Wookiee

The Black Series The Book of Boba Fett Deluxe Figure
Item No.:
No. F6857
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #04
Includes: Blaster
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $33.99
Availability: October 2023
Appearances: The Book of Boba Fett

Bio: A former gladiator turned deadly bounty hunter, Krrsantan is a towering black-furred Wookiee who made a name for himself in the criminal underworld with his intimidating presence and raw strength. (Taken from the packaging.)

Image: Adam's photo lab.

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Deluxe figures are something I've increasingly found myself disliking. The figures are generally pretty good, but when you see Krrsantan you might ask why he's $9 more than a basic figure. There don't seem to be extra parts - the hip construction actually seems simplified, and fewer pieces may have been used overall. The deco hits may be slightly higher, but in many respects Chewbacca seems to be a similar figure with more parts and pieces - I could be wrong. I just assume there's a popularity tax at work here now, as Retro Krrsantan is standard price but Vintage and Black Series each got slapped with big upcharges. At least Vintage included a mountain of accessories, this one just has a single blaster and non-removable armor elements.

The figure does a good job of getting the job done - you won't be disappointed by him in-hand. He's hefty, there are painted grays, there's what I believe to be a Wookiee scalp hanging off his belt, and the armor is great. The blaster is big and he can hold it with both hands, and unlike some figures he has massive feet and stands without falling over. You can even plug his blaster in the back of his bandolier - this feels like a figure that Hasbro spent some extra time with. (Given how long it took him to come out, it's appreciated that it doesn't seem rushed.)

The sculpting is good, with an expressive face. One of the benefits of a larger figure is you can work in a little more personality, and sometimes you see it and sometimes you don't. I don't quite think they captured his expression, but it's close - a big hairy mask can only emote so much, and what I'm remembering as facial activity is probably the work of performer Carey Jones bringing him his expressive body language. Thankfully Hasbro gave him a good, but not exceptional, range of movement with elbows that can bend 90 degrees without looking goofy. You have hands with knuckle dusters, and both of Santo's legs swing forward without a fight. Hasbro did a nice job here ensuring it does what it needs to do - at work I jokingly refer to this as all of us needing to do the bare minimum, as a praiseworthy thing. He stands, he sits, the joints work like they should - we have so many figures that don't do that, so a hairy, chonky figure that can move is actually a win. For $34, you need it to be better than below average, and he is.

I am more than a little upset that "premium pricing" is increasingly the norm, especially if the figure doesn't seem to bring anything extra to the table. A slightly taller figure doesn't warrant a $9 upcharge, but if they tricked him out with the gear from the little versions? I couldn't argue with the pricing. An alternate head, some sort of extra part would make it easy for me to say "yeah it costs more but look at all the stuff!" As it is, I can say it's a very well-executed figure that will meet or exceed your basic 6-inch figure expectations with a great face, good deco, excellent hair sculpting, and generally fantastic engineering. And if it's on sale, you're a fool to pass him up - and for full price, I doubt you'll be disappointed unless you wanted something taller.  (I was expecting something taller.) You'll feel you overpaid a bit, but you will be happy with your purchase.

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

--Adam Pawlus

Day 3,076: October 26, 2023

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