Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Road to The Last Jedi: Hera Syndulla from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

 This past Friday (September 1st, 2017) was Force Friday II and Hasbro officially released a fair amount of new Star Wars product to stores. While the majority of it was focused on the upcoming Episode VIII: The Last Jedi there were still quite a few releases inspired by other Star Wars films and shows. Today I'm looking at a release from the Black Series line inspired by the excellent Rebels TV series: Hera Syndulla! The Rebels figures have consistently been some of the best figures in the Black Series and I won't keep you in anticipation: Despite a lack of accessories, Hera is just as good as any other Rebels based figure. It's kind of tough for me to decide which crew I'm the most excited about seeing completed in the Black Series: The ESB bounty hunters, the main cast in their Empire Strikes Back outfits, or the crew of the Ghost from Rebels. Hera Syndulla, the captain of the Ghost, gets us one step closer to one of those goals! Let's check her out more closely after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 5 3/4 inches

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

Accessories: Blurrg-1120 holdout blaster

Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars
 The Positives:

* Hera is definitely one of the most well articulated Star Wars: The Black Series figures. It's not that she has more joints than any other figure but that her joints are better designed and more well thought out. Everything just works perfectly and has an excellent range of motion to it.

* Hera is hands down one of the most incredible looking figures in the Black Series. I'm not sure if it's due to the super cool character design, the unusual color scheme, or the awesome outfit, but I love the character's visual appeal. Hasbro has done an excellent job of translating the animated style of Rebels into a realistic appearance. If Hera appeared in a live-action film, this is what she would look like. I also am really digging how her flight pants are made to look larger than her upper outfit. It actually looks like she's wearing actual layers of an outfit.
 * Hera has a gorgeous face sculpt. She's beautiful and Hasbro captured her appearance perfectly. The goggles perched on top of her head are great. Not only do they add something special to the headsculpt but they make me hope that someday we'll see an Episode 1 Anakin Skywalker with his podracing goggles. That would be a cool figure, right? Anyways, the paintwork is also very neat and clean, particularly on Hera's eyes.

* I wanted to point out the nice work Hasbro did on Hera's lekku. Not only do they have a great sculpt but they also have a really cool printing on them to give them the cool pattern seen in the show.

 * Hera has ejection harness straps around her waist. Not only do they look cool but they also do not hinder her articulation at all! They really move right along with the body.

* Hera is a big lightly accessorized as she only comes with her Blurrg-1120 holdout blaster pistol. It's a compact blaster but the paintwork is really nice on it.

* It tucks very securely into this small holster on Hera's right boot!
 The Negatives:

* You know what? I love Hera's goggles but I really wish that they could pivot down over her eyes. That would have been a cool feature, right? Instead they're stuck in place.

  The Rebels based figures (Sabine, Kanan, Ahsoka, and Thrawn) have been some of my favorites in the Black Series and Hera is no exception. While she feels a bit light in the accessories department, it's difficult to argue that she isn't an incredible looking figure! To be honest, she was probably my second most wanted figure to hunt down on Force Friday. I found her at my third and final stop on my midnight run (the Wal-Mart closest to my house). She's a Great and a 1/2 figure and another worthy addition to the Rebels cast.

   If you're looking for more reviews of Hera Syndulla toys, I've reviewed a few others: The Rebels Hera Syndulla 2-pack, the Micro Machines Mandalorian Melee set, which includes a tiny Hera microfigure, and the Hera POP! vinyl.

If you're looking for more Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III 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
Ahsoka Tano 
AT-AT Pilot 
Baze Malbus
Captain Cassian Andor (Eadu) 
C-3PO (Resistance Base)
Captain Phasma
Chirrut Imwe 
Clone Commander Gree
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
Grand Admiral Thrawn (SDCC Exclusive)
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 
Imperial Royal Guard
Jango Fett
Kanan Jarrus
Kylo Ren 
Kylo Ren (SDCC 2016)
Kylo Ren (Starkiller Base)
Lando Calrissian
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 
Qui-Gon Jinn
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)
Tusken Raider 
X-34 Landspeeder & Luke Skywalker (SDCC Exclusive) 
X-Wing Pilot Asty  

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