Gamorrean Guard and Moloch. General Grievous is the first mainstream release to be numbered in the deluxe series and he's been hitting lots of online retailers and even a few brick and mortar stores as well (I've seen reports of the figure at Best Buy and GameStop). Considering he's one of the main villains of the Prequel Trilogy and the Clone Wars, Grievous is another character whose absence from the line has been incredibly conspicuous. We've finally got him, though, and it's clear that Hasbro has put some real effort into this release. Let's check out the deluxe release of General Grievous after the break...
Height: 7 1/4ths inches
Articulation: Swivel/hinge feet, hinged ankles, double hinged knees, balljointed hips, balljointed mid-torso, balljointed shoulders, 4x swivel/hinge shoulders, 4x swivel biceps, 4x hinged elbows, 4x swivel forearms, balljointed neck, balljointed head.
Accessories: Four 2-piece lightsabers, 1 blaster, and cape.
Non-Scalper Price: $33 dollars
* Grievous looks incredible. While Hasbro certainly has lots of experience in crafting 1/18th scaled figures of General Gievous but this is their first go in the Black Series and I think they did a fantastic job. While he's (mostly) not an organic character, Grievous has a rather complex, intricate body design with his long, slender limbs and multiple plates of armor over his body. The sculpting and paintwork is pretty nice, too. I owned the Vintage Collection Grievous and this version takes the greatness of that figure and just makes it a bit larger! Large and in charge, baby.
* The headsculpt is good. While the non-humanoid characters don't really utilize faceprinting in the same way as the humanoid figures, Grievious still looks to have the same level of care in his sculpt and paint applications. Those eyes are incredible! They look so realistic and piercing!
* Grievious' arms split in two, allowing for him to swing four lightsabers at once. Hasbro did a great job with the arms when they're split into two as each arm features multiple points of articulation and moves quite well. The articulation is tight and Grievous can wield all four of his lightsabers menacingly in any number of poses.
* General Grievous has great articulation over his full body, including true balljoints at his shoulders, hips, mid-torso, neck, and head. You can get him in so many poses! He can be a bit difficult to keep standing simply because of the spindly nature of his body but with a little work you'll be able to work him in any pose you'd like.
* There are lots of fine details on the body and lots of small paint hits to give the armored plates and the body some wear and tear.
* General Grievous includes his cape, which I think looks pretty good. It's not perfect but there's nothing wrong with it and it seems to be of a very high quality. The colors are spot on and he looks so incredible wearing it! Now he needs some of his Magnaguards to chill with him!
* Inside the cape are some very nice pockets (4 to be exact) where General Grievous can store his collection of captured Jedi lightsabers. They look really cool in here.
* Grevious includes his DT-57 "Annihilator" blaster pistol. Not only is this an incredibly cool sculpt but it also can be used by Obi-Wan to finish off General Grievious.
* Grievous includes four lightsabers, all having unique handles. Two are blue and they look nice. The handles fit very snugly in General Grievous's hands and feature excellent paintwork on the handles.
* And here are the two green lightsabers. Hasbro really improved the lightsaber blades here and they pop in and out much easier than on previous figures and feel much sturdier, too.
* Hasbro definitely put some thought into Grievious' arms as they do snap together and pull apart. Unfortunately, when they're together it is incredibly difficult to get the articulation to work properly and it is too easy to bend his limbs, putting some stress marks on the plastic. I definitely think Hasbro could have gone with interchangeable arms here as a better solution.
If you're looking for more General Grievous goodness, check out the Micro Machines General Grievous from the Droid Army Ambush set, the very cool Hero Mashers General Grievous, and the Funko POP! #129 General Grievous.
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Sunday, April 21, 2019
Action Figure Review: General Grievous from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro
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The arm articulation makes for some awesome photos here. I can imagine him being useful for anyone who does photostories as well.ReplyDelete
It really does. I like that Hasbro really goes out of their way to do unique things with nearly every figure in this line. Grievous feels really well engineered, as if a lot of thought were put into him.Delete
I was actually going to pass on him (I forgot to cancel my order at BBTS - $35 was a bit more than I really wanted to spend), but with him in hand, I'm quite pleased with him. For once, I actually like the soft goods (:P) and can get his cape to hang quite naturally. I agree, he should've come with swappable arms, but I only plan to display him wielding all four light sabers, so that's not too much of an issue for me.ReplyDelete
Yeah, the cape is great. The soft goods on this line are probably about 60/40 for me. The jedi robes have looked good. The only two I can think of off hand that were misses were Holdo and the ANH Leia.Delete