Friday, December 21, 2018

The 12 Days of Christmas: Zuckuss from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

    I have collected many different Star Wars lines since 1995 but Star Wars: The Black Series has absolutely become my favorite Star Wars action figure line. While it's probably the newest entry on this list (the first figures arrived in 2013) it has become my favorite to the quality of the figures and the way Hasbro continues to improve the line. Originally I planned on being highly selective with the line but over time (probably sometime during the the release of the figures from The Force Awakens) I decided I was all in on it. Throughout my time collecting the line, however, there was one group I have always longed to complete: The Empire Strikes Back bounty hunters. Finally that goal is complete! With the release of Zuckuss, originally intended to be a Toys R Us exclusive but now moved to a Disney Store exclusive, I have completed that incredibly awesome sextet of bounty hunting coolness. Let's be honest: They're probably one of the most iconic teams in Star Wars and probably one of the collecting goals of a lot of folks, right? Let's check out Zuckuss after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 5 3/16th

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

Accessories: GRS-1 snare rifle

Non-Scalper Price: $25 dollars
 The Positives:

* Zuckuss looks awesome. Hasbro has been on the ball with their sculpts this year and Zuckuss is possibly one of the best non-human sculpts they've done. Thanks to his breathing mask, findsman body cloak, and chest pouches, Zuckuss feels very complex with an excellent layered appearance. He's a shorter figure but he still feels quite substantial thanks to all of his gear. The paintwork is incredible as while Zuckuss mostly used browns, there is still a wide variety of different colors used to differentiate everything.

* As an ammonia breathing Gand, Zuckuss has to wear a respirator in order to keep him supplied with a steady stream of ammonia on other worlds. Hasbro did a great job of sculpting this device, along with Gand's massive silvery eyes.I love how weird he looks!
 * While he's wearing his long findsman coat and lots of gear, Zuckuss is still pretty well articulated. He's actually articulated with the same model as other figures wearing soft goods like Luke Skywalker or the Emperor. That means that instead of swivel hinge elbows, Zuckuss has double hinged elbows and swivel biceps. I assume Hasbro does this because it retains the range of motion of the articulation underneath the soft goods, so good for Hasbro. That's something Mezco hasn't seemed to realize is needed yet. Single joints just don't work well underneath material.

* Zuckuss' coat is quite impressive. The quality seems quite good and the print on it seems to match the film version quite well.

* The back of Zuckuss' gear shows off what I presume is part of his respirator. Again, we've got more solid sculpting and more impressive paint applications.

 * Since a bounty hunter's gotta hunt bounty Zuckuss comes with his GRS-1 Snare rifle. The sculpt is impressive and looks highly accurate. There are also some paint applications on it as well.
 * Underneath Zuckuss' coat he seems to be fully sculpted. It's not easy to see as the coat isn't removable but it all seems to be there.

The Negatives:

* The interior of Zuckuss' coat is white, rather than brown. This is definitely noticeable during normal play and display and throws off his vibe just a bit. Hasbro should have opted for a darker base material.

  Zuckuss is another stellar figure in the Black Series this year. Seriously, Hasbro has been on a roll and Zuckuss is another figure that could easily be a top of the year contender. I don't like him as much as some other releases, but he's easily a top 10 contender for sure. He does have a bit of a mark-up, however, as he is a Disney Store exclusive. Still, Zuckuss is a Great figure and if you've been collecting the bounty hunters, you're definitely going to pick him up, right?
   Here's a shot of all six of the crew from The Empire Strikes Back chilling out together. Dang they look nice! We've got Dengar, IG-88, Boba Fett, Bossk, Zuckuss, and 4-LOM. I think this shot justifies the Black Series as one of my favorite toylines of all time.

This is my first review of Zuckuss on the site. For more Black Series reviews, check out the following:

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Admiral Piett
Ahsoka Tano 
AT-AT Pilot 
Baze Malbus
C-3PO (Resistance Base) 
Captain Cassian Andor (Eadu) 
Captain Phasma
Captain Phasma (Quicksilver Baton)
Captain Poe Dameron
Chewbacca (Target Exclusive)
Chewbacca (The Force Awakens)
Chirrut Imwe 
Clone Captain Rex (HasCon Exclusive)
Clone Commander Gree
Clone Commander Wolffe 
Constable Zuvio
Darth Revan 
Darth Vader (Emperor's Wrath)
Death Star Trooper
Dewback/ Sandtrooper
Director Krennic 
DJ (Canto Bight)
Elite Praetorian Guard
Elite Praetorian Guard (with Heavy Blade)
Enfys Nest's Swoop Bike/ Enfys Nest
Finn (First Order Disguise)
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 Stormtrooper Executioner 
First Order Stormtrooper (with Gear)
First Order TIE Fighter Pilot
Gamorrean Guard
General Leia Organa
General Veers
Grand Admiral Thrawn (SDCC Exclusive)
Grand Moff Tarkin 
Guardians of Evil 4-Pack
Guavian Enforcer
Han Solo (Exogorth Escape)
Han Solo (Solo)
Han Solo (The Force Awakens)
Hera Syndulla
Imperial AT-ACT Driver
Imperial Death Trooper
Imperial Death Trooper, Captain Cassian Andor, and Sergeant Jyn Erso (Jedha) 3 pack
Imperial Hovertank Pilot 
Imperial Patrol Trooper
Imperial Shock Trooper 
Imperial Royal Guard 
Inferno Squad Agent
Jaina Solo (Legends)
Jango Fett
Kanan Jarrus
Kylo Ren 
Kylo Ren (SDCC 2016)
Kylo Ren (The Last Jedi) 
Kylo Ren (Starkiller Base)
Kylo Ren (Throne Room) 
Lando Calrissian (Solo)
Lando Calrissian (The Empire Strikes Back)
Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard)
Luke Skywalker 
Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master) 
Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master)- Ahch-To Island
Maz Kanata 
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Force Spirit)
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 (Bespin Escape)
Princess Leia Organa 
Princess Leia Organa (Hoth)
Qi'ra (Corellia)
Qui-Gon Jinn
R2-A3, R5-K6, and R2-F2
Range Trooper
Rebel Trooper
Red Squadron (R2-D2, R5-D8, and R2-X2)
Resistance Tech Rose
Resistance Trooper
Rey (Island Journey)
Rey (Jakku) & BB-8 
Rey (Jedi Training)
Rey (Jedi Training)- Crait
Rey (Starkiller Base) 
Rey's Speeder (Jakku)
Rio Durant
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)
Stormtrooper (Mimban)
Stormtrooper (With Blast Accessories)
Supreme Leader Snoke (Throne Room)
Tobias Beckett
Tusken Raider 
Val (Vandor)
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X-Wing Pilot Asty

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