Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Action Figure Review: Tusken Raider from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

   It's been a month since I last reviewed a figure from Hasbro's Star Wars: The Black Series, but guess what? I've found quite a few more! These figures, both the 40th Anniversary Series and the regular Black Series releases, have been pretty tough to find. The Tusken Raider was simultaneously released in series 2 of the 40th Anniversary series and in the most recent Black Series set alongside of Lando Calrissian and the Royal Guard (reviews are coming!) but I managed to find the standard boxed Black Series version on Amazon for MSRP, so I picked him up. I really like this guy, and it isn't just because he has a precedent as both a vintage Kenner figure and a POTF2 release. The Tusken Raider really feels like a Black Series release that gets back to the heart of what the Black Series originally felt like: A fairly definitive action figure release. Since he includes a gaderffii stick with three interchangeable heads and a rifle, this very well feels like the only male Tusken Raider figure you would ever need. I like that "deluxe" feel, even on a army builder (although this very well might be URoRRuR'R'R), and it makes the line feel like it's really doing something special in the same way that the earliest Phase 1 releases did. Let's take a closer look at this Tusken Raider after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 6 inches

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

Accessories: Gaffi stick base, three staff heads, and a rifle.

Non-Scalper Price: $20-$22 dollars
 The Positives:

* The Tusken Raider has all of the articulation you'd expect from a black series figure and it's all pretty useful, too. Even with his inner robe being made of a heavier but pliable plastic, the slits on the side still allow for lateral leg movement. He has a tough time with rifle poses, but any gaffi stick battling poses look incredible.

*The use of an actual soft goods outer cloak here was a great choice. I love the material and the fit. It captures the rough, nomadic vibe of the Sand People.

  * Overall I'm really happy with this headsculpt. I have one issue, but I'll get to that in a moment. let me just present that the sculpting and the paintwork look incredible here, especially the work on the wraps around the head and the small metal parts. The breathing apparatus below the head is also really cool, and it appears to be a separate piece to give a more three dimensional vibe to the Tusken Raider's outfit.

 * The overall sculpt of the body is also excellent. The mixture of the soft outer cloak and the sculpted inner robe meshes really well, much better than I expected. The sculpted bandolier and belt also look pretty solid.

* The paintwork adds a bit to the dirty feel of the figure, as do the visible parts of the inner outfit such as the wrapped wrists and feat. Great sculpting and great paintwork are features on both of those parts. The color choices and execution on the paint really sells the worn, lived in appearance of the costume.

* Not only does the Tusken Raider come with a gaderffii (gaffi) stick, but he also includes three alternate heads. The heads slip into the base of the staff quite easily and give you the option to add some variety to your figure if you're planning on army building these guys. They swap easily and feel pretty secure when on display.

* The rifle included with this guy might be one of the nicest accessories in the Black Series. The sculpt is killer and the paintwork appears very, very intricate. I'm loving the look of this piece!
 The Negatives:

* I do have a few complaints, however, and the first is that the eye tubes do appear to be a bit too long. It's not as noticeable from the front but from the side the eye tubes look a bit strange. Is it just me or is this really film accurate? I don't think it looks accurate, but I could be wrong.

 * My second complaint is with the outer robe. I love the look, color, and fit of the cloth outer robe, but I'm definitely not digging the fact that the robe already appears to be unraveling a bit. I'm totally cool with a rougher, frayed appearance (the Sand People don't seem like the type to go to a tailor or a dry cleaners) but the dragging strings definitely seem problematic. I'll probably try to just trim them up.
  I really think the Tusken Raider is one of the nicest figures in the Black Series. I love his appearance, the sculpting and paint, and the mixture of fabric goods with sculpted details. Toss in some incredible accessories and the Tusken Raider feels like a very worthwhile release. I do wish his robe wasn't fraying (and that his eye tubes were a bit shorter), but overall I feel like this is a pretty strong release. This is a Great figure and well worth picking up. Heck, buy multiples and you can even have Anakin slaughter them all!

I haven't reviewed any other Tusken Raider action figures on the site before, but I have reviewed plenty of other Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III releases, including:

442nd Siege Battalion Clone Trooper, 212th Attack Battalion Utapau Trooper, Coruscant Guard ---(Phase II), and 501st Legion Clone Trooper 4 pack
Ahsoka Tano 
AT-AT Pilot 
Baze Malbus
Captain Cassian Andor (Eadu) 
C-3PO (Resistance Base)
Captain Phasma
Chirrut Imwe 
Constable Zuvio
Darth Revan 
Darth Vader (Emperor's Wrath)
Director Krennic
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 TIE Fighter Pilot
Guavian Enforcer
Han Solo 
Imperial AT-ACT Driver
Imperial Death Trooper
Imperial Death Trooper, Captain Cassian Andor, and Sergeant Jyn Erso (Jedha) 3 pack
Imperial Hovertank Pilot 
Imperial Shock Trooper
Jango Fett
Kanan Jarrus
Kylo Ren 
Kylo Ren (SDCC 2016)
Kylo Ren (Starkiller Base)
Luke Skywalker 
Obi-Wan Kenobi (SDCC 2016)
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 Organa 
R2-A3, R5-K6, and R2-F2
Resistance Trooper
Rey (Jakku) & BB-8 
Rey (Starkiller Base) 
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)
X-Wing Pilot Asty 


  1. I've got the Hasbro 3 3/4 Vintage Collection Tusken Raider.Pretty much the same as this one and I just love it.He came with everything this one came with as well.Both are pretty flawless.

    1. Hasbro definitely did an incredible job with both of those figures. When the Black Series is good, it's very good.

  2. Cool! The Tusken Raiders really fired up my childhood imagination...

    1. I hear you there. Even though I'm a second generation Star Wars fan (I was introduced through the books and the THX releases), the OT figures, especially those that appeared in the early years of the POTF2 line, absolutely ignite some crazy, nostalgic passion in me!

  3. Just got the 6 inch "Credit Collection" carded version of this guy, and it's really cool, if slightly different from the regular Black Series version. The colors are much brighter, with more prominent yellow compared to the more realistic beige tones of this here version (and thus closer in feel to the original 3 inch figure), and the Gaffi stick also has the 3 alternate heads, but unfortunately the rifle comes unpainted, on the CC version. Anyway, I got it for 17 Eur on amazon France, which feels like a real bargain, seeing how it has a 39 USD price tag on some specialized websites..

    1. Yeah, that's not a bad price on it. Some of the Credit Collection figures are quite cool but others are just sitting over here. My local GameStop has shelves of Greef Karga, Kuill, and the Armorer.

  4. MekaneckfrenchiefrogOctober 1, 2023 at 3:54 AM

    Now I also have Bo-Katan Krize and Moff Gideon in the Credit Collection series, and both are really, really nice. The paint job on the figures in this series is awesome I think, and those cards look really beautiful. I'm a huge fan of this sub-line, as well as the carded Archive series (which are merely repackaged Black Series figs from a few years back, but I just love the carded presentation..).

    1. The Credit Collection is a really nice line, but sometimes they pick figures that just sit. My Gamestop still has rows of the Armorer, the Tusken Raider, and Greef. The Mandos have all been really nice, though, and Bo-Katan looks impressive, too.

  5. MekaneckfrenchiefrogOctober 6, 2023 at 12:24 PM

    Well, I'm starting to run out of decently priced SW figures to buy, I've grabbed all the cheaply priced ones on amazon France and Figurine Discount (a french site that has some *really* friendly prices on certain figures, you can get some SW figs - even some Black Series - for 7 or 8 Euros on it) that I have found.. so now I'm getting into Fortnite figures. They're easy to find and relatively cheaply priced over here, and there are some truly inspired and weird characters in the line (Mancake ! He's a cowboy and his head is made out of piled up pancakes and dripping maple syrup..). I never was into TMNT, but I guess that Fortnite does to me what those villains in TMNT do to TMNT geeks. There are some cool vehicles too, and they aren't super pricey either (unlike those SW Vintage Collection or Black Series vehicles..). So I guess it's the next thing for me. The line has tons of figures and vehicles, and it is super varied. Cool stuff (although I couldn't care less about the actual video game..).

    1. I feel the same way about Fortnite, Apex Legends and Overwatch; never played the games or paid them any attention but the figures were cool. Places have been clearing out the Hasbro Fortnite stuff over here as the line seems to be dead. The 1/18th scale Jazzwares line seems to be going strong, though.

      I have a few Hasbro Fortnite figures, most purchased to go along with the G.I. Joe Classified Series or just because I liked the designs. They're well made.

  6. MekaneckfrenchiefrogOctober 14, 2023 at 1:27 AM

    Oh, the line is discontinued, really ? That's weird, I was watching a youtube video last night where they were presenting the next upcoming 6 inch figures and exclusives.. Apparently, the latest wave of figures has been delayed for a while, though. And as RetroBlasting said, Fortnite figs were designed for teenagers who play the video game, but it's a well known fact that teenagers don't buy figures anymore, so..

    1. Yes, the evidence for the line being discontinued seems to be pretty overwhelming:
      1.Nothing was said of the line or the brand at PulseCon,
      2. Nothing new is currently open for preorder,
      3. The last preorders available through Amazon were cancelled,
      4. No Fortnite merch is in-stock for order on Hasbro Pulse,
      5. Major retailers are cutting out shelf space for Hasbro's line (or have removed it from their planograms altogether),
      6. We've been seeing nearly everything from the line, including retailer exclusives and Pulse exclusives, show up at closeout stores like Ollie's in the US.

      Jazwares' line 6 inch seemed to be doing really well and was loaded with extras so it's a shame that Hasbro took the license and basically squandered it. Now, who's to say that the Fortnite line wouldn't have faded under Jazwares during the past two years, either, but they had something going. Hasbro's figures looked really nice with smoother articulation, and they definitely released lots of ladies, something Jazwares seemed reluctant/ unwilling to do in the 6 inch line, but Hasbro's character selection seemed to be a bit off at times, and the figures were often under accessorized and the higher price point didn't help.

  7. MekaneckfrenchiefrogOctober 18, 2023 at 7:23 AM

    I find that, today, toylines have a too short lifespan generally speaking, they don't stay long enough on shelves for people to collect the whole line. Remember when we were kids, those Star Wars and MOTU toys could still be purchased like 5 or 6 years after their release. Even a more elusive line like the original Power Lords line by Revell, they weren't extremely easy to find over here, but they stayed long enough in stores for me to get the bulk of the line (ie : I never got the castle/base playset, and I the only figures in the line I didn't have were Tork and Bakatak.. but I had everything else, including the Trigore monster and the one-seat red vehicle/spaceship. I even had one of those weird large size half human/half tank things, I had the human-looking one who looked a lot like He-Man..).

    1. There's just so much more media these days and everything has a much shorter lifespan unless it's something like the MCU where new media keeps getting cranked out. Plus, I think the toy companies absolutely do play to toy collectors who pick up new stuff immediately and then they're waiting for something else new. Very few lines get ordered in mass at retail. The only one I can think of from this past year is TMNT stuff based on the movie.


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