Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Action Figure Review: Dr. Evazan from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase IV by Hasbro


   Ready for another Star Wars: The Black Series review? Today we return to the original film with a look at one of the many dangerous patrons of Chalmun's Caninta: Dr. Evazan. Dr. Cornelius Evazan certainly doesn't have much screen time in A New Hope but, my gosh, does he make the most of it. He has some of the most memorable lines in the movie and both he and Ponda Baba com off as a truly threatening duo until they get their butts handed to them by Obi-Wan Kenobi. Since appearing in the original film Dr. Evazan have appeared in plenty of books and comics, both set before and after A New Hope, even netting a cameo in Rogue One. Dr. Evazan's an evil son of a gun who tortures and performs unlicenses (and unwanted) surgery across the galaxy. The cantina patrons from Star Wars haven't gotten much love in the Black Series so it's nice to finally have a couple more to keep Greedo company. Dr. Evazan was released last year in the Cantina Showdown set that was a Hasbro PulseCon exclusive inspired by the 1997 Power of the Force 2 Cantina Showdown set, but as far as I'm aware this is the exact same figure. Let's check out Dr. Evazan after the break and see how he fares in the Black Series...

The Facts:

Height: 5 7/8ths inches

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

Accessories: Blaster pistol.

Non-Scalper Price: $23 dollars

The Positives:

* Dr. Evazan is a character that never looks right to me. I think my mind always compares him to the Power of the Force 2 that I had as a kid which was fairly inaccurate. This guy is way more accurate, though, and does look like his film counterpart. He's wearing a pretty basic Star Wars outfit: Long sleeved tunic-like shirt, pants, boots, and a vest. His vest is a separate piece and there's a really nice texture and paint weathering on it. His shirt hangs down and looks like it has truly seen better days. Dr. Evazan definitely looks like a scoundrel on the run. 

* The likeness is quite good here with lots grisly detail showing off Dr. Evazan's disfigure mug. The oddly shaped nose and his marred eye look great. He's a weird, frumpy guy who is also pretty intimidating. 

* Flip him around and you can see more of the detail on his vest. He's also sporting some additional pouches on his belt for carrying who knows what. 

* The articulation on the figure is really good. He has almost all of the joints you'd expect (no butterfly shoulders) though his legs have the older styled double hinged knees. They're probably reused from somewhere though I don't recognize them. He's sturdy, durable, mobile, and he has the death sentence on twelve systems. 

* Dr Evazan comes with a BlasTech SE-14 pistol which is one of my favorite blaster designs. It's just such a cool looking little pistol. 

* It also first perfectly in the holster on Dr. Evazan's right hip. 

The Negatives:

* My only real complaint with Dr. Evazan is that the arm holes on his vest really expand out quite a bit. You can get them adjusted but they tend to flare back out with any movement.

   Dr. Evazan is probably the absolutely definition of a Good in my rating scale. He's perfectly average. He's got a solid likeness, good articulation, and a nice blaster, but that's about it. He's now wowing or anything and he does feel a bit bare bones for Hasbro's new $23 dollar asking price. I don't dislike him and, since Ponda Baba and Dr. Evazan are two of my favorite tertiary characters, there's no way I was skipping him. Obi-Wan's gotta have a couple fools to cut down with lightsabers, right? Or have him team up with Dr. Aphra. The choice is yours.

If you like Dr. Evazan, check out the Galoob Micro Machines C-3PO/ Cantina Transforming Action Set; there's a little image of Dr. Evazan on one of the stickers. 

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