We're only a week out from Christmas and there are only two work days away from going on my almost 2 week Christmas vacation! Hooray! Today's the season 2 finale of The Mandalorian as well, so you know what I'll be up to this evening. My daughter's remote school schedule has been getting easier and easier as she coasts towards Christmas break as well so we've all been in a festive mood and enjoying lots of fun stuff. What you may ask? Well, let's start by talking about The Mandalorian Chapter 15: The Believer...
Episode I has become a film I love watching and it was clear that it really made an impact on my daughter, and it was fantastic to experience it with her. She had seen parts of it before but I think this is the first time we've watched the entire film since she's been old enough to "get" it. While the talks of trade disputes and such is still a bit stifling and Jar Jar Binks is still overused, the film really is amazing with its world building. It's crazy to realize that so much of what is now just the accepted Star Wars basics really comes from this film. I still think the fight between Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, and Darth Maul is the finest lightsaber battle in the series (followed by Luke and Vader on Bespin and Anakin and Obi-Wan on Mustafar) and the last third of the film (from the moment Duel of the Fates cues up) is just brilliant.
Last, but not least, it's time for the most popular articles and reviews of the week. Here we go!
Jango Fett (Star Wars: Bounty Hunter) from Star Wars: The Black Series continues to stay the top of the list like the boss he is for his third week running! While he's mostly a repaint with the new facial printing he's a superior figure to the previously released Jango. Hasbro has been putting out some interesting figures in their GameStop exclusive Gaming Greats subset and Jango Fett from the 2002 game Star Wars: Bounty Hunter seems to be one of the most popular.
Barbecue's Ramblings: 10 Star Wars: The Black Series Figures We Need From The Sequel Trilogy Era is the first of what is planned to be a series of top 10 lists and stuff just giving me a place to ramble on. It's proven to be quite popular. Jump over there and let me know what you think! Who has Hasbro neglected from the first 5 Disney Star Wars films.
Darth Vader from Star Wars: The Black Series is on his second week on the list and, knowing Vader, he'll probably keep making his way upward. This is Hasbro's Empire Strikes Back version of Darth Vader and he's the best they've released. The best Vader figure from the best Star Wars flick. What's not to love?
IG-11 from Star Wars: The Credit Collection is a newcomer this week. The Credit Collection is a series of repaints based on the excellent concept art shown during the end credits of each episode of The Mandalorian. This is a series of repaints with a new roleplay credit accessory but since they look fantastic and nearly everything based on The Mandalorian sells like nerf nuggets at a podrace, these are hot, hot, hot!
Han Solo (Endor) from Star Wars: The Black Series dropped a bit this week but he's still here and he's a key part of this week's list which is all Star Wars based. Wow! You'd think people were suddenly really enthused about Star Wars again, wouldn't you? This is an excellent figure and definitely one of Hasbro's strongest releases. They've been on a roll lately for sure.
Scout Trooper from Star Wars: The Black Series is another one of the GameStop Gaming Greats figures from the Black Series who is on their third week. This isn't a ROTJ Scout Trooper, though, but one based on last year's Jedi: Fallen Order. This guy has a fair amount of new tooling and some new accessories, making him a pretty desirable release from a subset that's usually made of repaints.
That's it for this week folks. I've got some big stuff coming up this week (including a real "mountain" of a review) and, of course, it's almost Christmas! Stay holly, jolly, and enjoy the season finale of The Mandalorian!