Saturday, April 27, 2019

Action Figure Review: Mace Windu from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

 Over the past few months we've received a few figures that have seemed like extremely huge holes in the Star Wars: The Black Series collection. Padme Amidala, General Grievous, and the Battle Droid were all insanely welcome additions to round out the Prequel Trilogy roster and now we've got Mace Windu, another prominent Jedi to add to the ranks. Mace Windu was one of the first Prequel based toys ever released (he was a "Sneak Preview" mail away) and now, here we are at the 20th anniversary of Episode I, and I'm still getting excited over Mace Windu figures. While this Mace Windu is based on Episode II (based on the length of the sleeves of his robe), my guess is that most fans will be OK using this as an all around Prequel Trilogy as everything else is pretty similar. How crazy that thus far in 2019 there have been two figures of younger Samuel Jackson, huh? This one and the artificially de-aged version from the Captain Marvel toyline. Let's check this incredible Mace Windu figure out after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 6 3/8ths inches

Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, ball jointed hips, ball jointed abdomen, butterfly pecs, swivel/ hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, a balljointed neck, and a ball jointed head.

Accessories: Lightsaber (blade and hilt) and robe.

Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars

 The Positives:

* Mace Windu is another slick looking figure in this line. Every time I pick up a new Jedi in this line I'm amazed that Hasbro isn't just cranking out figures of the Jedi left and right because they turn out so well. Mace is easily the best Jedi in the line at this point. His robes look excellent with appropriate textures on each piece and accurate details on his belt.

 * The portrait is excellent as well. It's definitely an accurate depiction of Samuel L. Jackson from the films, meaning it's an accurate depiction of Samuel L. Jackson from between 2001-2005. The face printing and sculpt are excellent, conveying a very uncanny realism for a 1/12th scale figure. Hasbro just keeps doing better and better with these!

* Not only is Mace's outer tunic a separate piece over the torso (it looks great and adds to the Jedi's layered look) but it allows for better movement of the shoulders.

* Mace's articulation is awesome. Not only is he as solid and durable as any other Black Series figure but he has butterfly pectoral joints in addition to swivel/hinge shoulders and a balljointed neck and head. He moves great and is mega fun to pose.

* Mace has a robe! A robe! One of the most baffling decisions about the Prequel Jedi figures is that they haven't included robes. That's essentially like not giving a superhero figure a cape! Mace's robe seems to be his Episode II robe as the sleeves are long, but not crazy long (the Episode III robe has some crazy, crazy long sleeves). The fit is great, he's still perfectly poseable with the robe on, and it looks fantastic.

* Who doesn't love Mace Windu's purple lightsaber? Jango Fett; that's who! Everyone else digs it. It's a great looking saber with the standard detachable blade. The paint and sculpting on the hilt is excellent.
 The Negatives:

* The only negative I have on this figure is hard to see here but it involves the paintwork between the boots and the pants. The lower legs have a lot of brown showing through underneath the cream colored paint of Mace's pants. It's just a bit messier than I'd like.
  Mace Windu is another hit. Whether you need him to conduct Jedi testing, end parties, or just behead Jango Fett, Master Windu is up to the task. Excellent articulation, a great robe, and a killer likeness make for a Great 1/2 figure in this series. Mace very well could be the most popular figure from the newest series of Star Wars: The Black Series figures, so good luck hunting him down! He's worth the hunt. Now Hasbro: Let's talk about Episode 2 Anakin and Obi-Wan along with Kit Fisto, Aayla Secura, Shaak Ti, Luminara Unduli, and Plo Koon....

It turns out that this is the first toy of Mace Windu I've reviewed on the site. For more Star Wars: The Black Series figures check out the following:
442nd Siege Battalion Clone Trooper, 212th Attack Battalion Utapau Trooper, Coruscant Guard ---(Phase II), and 501st Legion Clone Trooper 4 pack
Admiral Ackbar and First Order Officer
Admiral Piett
Ahsoka Tano 
AT-AT Pilot 
Battle Droid
Baze Malbus
C-3PO (Resistance Base) 
Captain Cassian Andor (Eadu) 
Captain Phasma
Captain Phasma (Quicksilver Baton)
Captain Poe Dameron
Chewbacca (Target Exclusive)
Chewbacca (The Force Awakens)
Chirrut Imwe 
Clone Captain Rex (HasCon Exclusive)
Clone Commander Gree
Clone Commander Wolffe 
Constable Zuvio
Darth Revan 
Darth Vader (Emperor's Wrath)
Death Star Trooper
Dewback/ Sandtrooper
Director Krennic 
DJ (Canto Bight)
Dryden Vos
Elite Praetorian Guard
Elite Praetorian Guard (with Heavy Blade)
Enfys Nest's Swoop Bike/ Enfys Nest
Finn (First Order Disguise)
Finn (FN-2187)
Finn (Jakku)
First Order Flametrooper
First Order General Hux
First Order Snowtrooper
First Order Snowtrooper Officer
First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter
First Order Stormtrooper
First Order Stormtrooper Executioner 
First Order Stormtrooper (with Gear)
First Order TIE Fighter Pilot
Gamorrean Guard
General Grievous
General Leia Organa
General Veers
Grand Admiral Thrawn (SDCC Exclusive)
Grand Moff Tarkin 
Guardians of Evil 4-Pack
Guavian Enforcer
Han Solo (Exogorth Escape)
Han Solo (Solo)
Han Solo (The Force Awakens)
Hera Syndulla
Imperial AT-ACT Driver
Imperial Death Trooper
Imperial Death Trooper, Captain Cassian Andor, and Sergeant Jyn Erso (Jedha) 3 pack
Imperial Hovertank Pilot 
Imperial Jumptrooper
Imperial Patrol Trooper
Imperial Shock Trooper 
Imperial Royal Guard 
Inferno Squad Agent
Jaina Solo (Legends)
Jango Fett
Kanan Jarrus
Kylo Ren 
Kylo Ren (SDCC 2016)
Kylo Ren (The Last Jedi) 
Kylo Ren (Starkiller Base)
Kylo Ren (Throne Room) 
Lando Calrissian (Solo)
Lando Calrissian (The Empire Strikes Back)
Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard)
Luke Skywalker 
Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master) 
Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master)- Ahch-To Island
Maz Kanata 
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Force Spirit)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (SDCC 2016) 
Padme Amidala
Phase 1 Clone Trooper Commander, Phase II Clone Trooper, Imperial Stormtrooper, and First Order ---Stormtrooper Officer four pack
Poe Dameron
Poe Dameron and First Order Riot Control Stormtrooper
Princess Leia (Bespin Escape)
Princess Leia Organa 
Princess Leia Organa (Hoth)
Qi'ra (Corellia)
Qui-Gon Jinn
R2-A3, R5-K6, and R2-F2
Range Trooper
Rebel Trooper
Red Squadron (R2-D2, R5-D8, and R2-X2)
Resistance Tech Rose
Resistance Trooper
Rey (Island Journey)
Rey (Jakku) & BB-8 
Rey (Jedi Training)
Rey (Jedi Training)- Crait
Rey (Starkiller Base) 
Rey's Speeder (Jakku)
Rio Durant
Sabine Wren
Sandtrooper Sergeant, Crimson Stormtrooper, Lieutenant OXIXO, and R2-Q5
Scarif Stormtrooper
Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader 
Sergeant Jyn Erso (Eadu)
Sergeant Jyn Erso (Jedha)
Stormtrooper (Mimban)
Stormtrooper (With Blast Accessories)
Supreme Leader Snoke (Throne Room)
Tobias Beckett
Tusken Raider 
Val (Vandor)
Vice Admiral Holdo
X-34 Landspeeder & Luke Skywalker (SDCC Exclusive) 
X-Wing Pilot Asty 

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