Rio Durant, Val really didn't get that much screen time to be fleshed out fully as a character. It's possible that this was done to not allow us to get attached to the characters and then have our hearts broken, like in Rogue One, but it still would have been great to have more time with Val. Hasbro certainly didn't skimp on the figure, though, so let's check her out more closely after the break...
Height: 5 1/2 inches
Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, double hinged knees,
swivel thighs, balljointed hips, balljointed mid-torso, swivel/hinge
shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, balljointed neck, and a
Accessories: Blaster pistol
Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars
* Val is stunning. She's easily one of the most realistic looking figures in the line thanks to not only the fantastic work on the portrait but also the amount of detail and intricate sculpting on her outfit. She really has a cool costume and it's a shame that we got to see her in action for such a short time in the film. There are so many interesting elements here!
* The portrait is beautiful and again shows off the faceprinting technology so well. It looks just like Thandie Newton. The hair is perfect, too, and really looks like it has a very realistic texture to it. Of course, she also has a balljointed neck and a balljointed head, so you can get some great, expressive poses here.
* Val is wearing an interesting backpack that seems to be a power source for both her electromagnetic climbing gloves and her sensor jamming equipment. I love the crisp detail and amount of paintwork here. It looks fantastic and really has that unusual, intriguing feel that some of the coolest Star Wars costume designs have.
* The cables running up and down Val's arms are supposed to power her electromag grip gloves. The gripping plates are visible on the gloves and the translucent cord looks fantastic. It's flexible enough that you can pose the figure like normal, too. This is some darn cool work here.
* Val has great articulation. Seriously, even with all of the cables and cords across her body this is still some of the best we've seen. She looks great in any number of poses and is insanely expressive.
* Val has her climbing gear around her waist. It also is made from a softer, more pliable plastic and is neatly painted. I love how complex Val's outfit is!
* Here's a small but cool detail: Val actually has a dusting of snow from Vandor on her boots. Cool, huh?
* Val's blaster looks awesome, doesn't it? Too bad we only got half of the weapon here! In the movie Val uses a grappling hook type weapon that is adapted from a net-throwing weapon. Here's what the weapon should look like! Looking closely at pictures I found online and in the Official Guide, I believe that this "blaster" is just the base weapon. Why not give us the whole device?
Rio Durant, Leia in her Hoth Gear, Lando in the Skiff Guard disguise, and Dengar, this newest series is one of the best ever. Val is an Epic figure and definitely one of the best ever from the Black Series. The top 10 list for the Black Series is going to be highly competitive this year, huh?
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Sunday, December 9, 2018
Action Figure Review: Val (Vandor) from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro
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She and Rio just shipped. Once I get L3, the Patrol Trooper and eventually Moloch, I'll have all the Solo figures until Dryden hits. :DReplyDelete
I've been seeing some of this new Solo wave at Gamestop lately, so you might want to pop in there, too. You might score the others you're looking for.ReplyDelete