Monday, October 21, 2019

Road to Rise of the Skywalker: Second Sister Inquisitor from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

    Triple Force Friday 2019 earned it's name because it included product not just from the upcoming Star Wars Episode IX: Rise of the Skywalker but also merchandise from the upcoming Disney+ show the Mandalorian and the video game Jedi: Fallen Order. Today I'm checking out the Second Sister, one of the Inquisitorius from Jedi: Fallen Order. GameStop has an exclusive Carbonized Graphite variant of the character but I passed her up and just went with the standard figure. The Inquisitors first showed up in Rebels but now they're making their way into more areas of the Star Wars Galaxy. The Second Sister is a new character (different from the Seventh Sister from Rebels) who actually appeared in an issue of the Darth Vader comic series last year. Of course, Jedi: Fallen Order is going to be her first real hurrah so let's get a jump on checking out a new evil Star Wars villain after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 5 3/4ths inches

Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, balljointed hips, balljointed waist, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, and a balljointed head.

Accessories: Lightsaber w/ removable blades, cape, and 2 pauldrons.

Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars

 The Positives:

* The Inquisitorius has a pretty standard dress code that fits right in with the rest of the Empire and the Second Sister is no exception. You've got a grey uniform that looks very much like an Imperial Officer's outfit but augmented with black armored greaves and a Darth Vader-ish helmet.

* The Second Sister wears a very cool cape. It's long, black with a red lining, and has a interesting pattern. Of course, it's also sporting the symbol of the Galactic Empire, because Imperials gotta represent. The cape actually plugs into two holes on the figure's shoulders and stays on quite well. She looks very, very cool wearing this.

 * What to do if you want the Second Sister to be more mobile, however? Can she fight as well when she's encumbered by her stylish cape? It turns out that the Second Sister comes with two separate pauldrons that can plug into the holes where her cape goes. It gives you a couple of options for displaying her, which is always a nice feature.

* The helmet is very. It kind of reminds me of a cross between Darth Vader and an Imperial Gunner (who I'm still shocked hasn't made it into the Black Series yet. There's even two different versions!). The helmet has great details and a nice, shiny finish in addition to the creepy red lens across the front.

* The articulation on the Second Sister is about what you'd expect from the Black Series, so no complaints here! She has lots of useful swivel/hinge joints and can take some fantastic lightsaber battling poses.

 * The Second Sister carries her double bladed, spinning lightsaber, just like the rest of the Inquisitors you're probably most familiar with. It doesn't spin though, but it does have two blades which are removable.
 The Negatives:

* The Galactic Imperial symbols on the Second Sister's cape are really kind of rough looking. They're actually uneven, which doesn't seem like something the Empire would let slide.

* While red, grey, and black is definitely the Second Sister's chose color scheme, why is there so much red showing on her belt and on the bottom of her blouse? Seems like some sloppy paint apps, which I've noticed more on the Triple Force Friday releases than on any other Black Series figures in recent memory.

* Yes, the lightsaber blades are technically removable but I wouldn't recommend it. These look really, really fragile. They feel very, very fragile, too, so be careful. I really wish Hasbro would give us solid lightsabers and separately molded hilts, like they've done with some of the Kylo Ren figures.
   I don't dislike the Second Sister but, as an action figure, she has quite a few flaws. Nothing massive, but the little things like messy paint applications and the weak lightsaber blades really add up. She's still a Good figure, and I doubt fans interested in the game or who simply want more bad guys, will be disappointed, but she could have been a lot better. There are definitely some cool features, particularly her cape, helmet, and the cool way you can swap out the cape and pauldrons. I suspect that the Second Sister wasn't as popular on Triple Force Friday as the Mandalorian, but I'd guess she could be the second most popular basic figure for sure.

This is the first figure of the Second Sister I've reviewed. For more Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III reviews check out the following:
0-0-0 (Triple Zero)
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
BT-1 (Beetee)
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 
Chopper (C1-10P)
Clone Captain Rex (HasCon Exclusive)
Clone Commander Gree
Clone Commander Fox
Clone Commander Wolffe 
Constable Zuvio
Darth Revan 
Darth Vader (Emperor's Wrath)
Death Star Trooper
Dewback/ Sandtrooper
Director Krennic 
DJ (Canto Bight)
Doctor Aphra
Dryden Vos
Elite Praetorian Guard
Elite Praetorian Guard (with Heavy Blade)
Emperor Papatine and Throne
Enfys Nest's Swoop Bike/ Enfys Nest
Ezra Bridger
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 (Mimban)
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 (Death Star Escape)
Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master) 
Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master)- Ahch-To Island
Mace Windu
Maz Kanata 
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Force Spirit)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Padawan) 
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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