Thursday, April 4, 2019

Action Figure Review: Vice Admiral Holdo from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

    I'm really considering if I want to review this figure or now as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo is a bit of a lightning rod, isn't she? Hated by some, loved by others, Holdo is one of the most divisive characters from the most divisive Star Wars film ever. It took Hasbro over a year but they finally have delivered her in the Black Series line (though no Crait Luke Skywalker yet). Holdo is part of the most recent series of figures which includes an unusual mixture: A Battle Droid, Mace Windu, Padme Amidala, Han Solo as a Mudtrooper, and Vice Admiral Holdo. That's three Prequel figures, one Star Wars Story figure, one Sequel Trilogy figure, and no Original Trilogy figures. Holdo definitely stands out in any crowd so let's see how she turned out after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 6 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 balljointed head

Accessories: Defender 5 sporting blaster

Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars

 The Positives:

* Hasbro hasn't had any trouble with their likenesses lately and Amilyn Holdo is another success. She looks quite a lot like actress Laura Dern thanks to a solid sculpt and some excellent facial printing. The bright, colorful hair doesn't hurt, either.

* The hair is good. Really, really good, actually. Check out the sculpting on it. The attention to detail is exceptional here as you can see each lock really well.

 * While she has a soft goods robe all down her body the articulation isn't hindered much at all. Holdo is still solid, durable, and a well articulated figure that you can get plenty of poses out of. 

* Holdo's hands are adorned with decorative bracelets and some very swanky rings. Hasbro usually does a stellar job with details like this an Holdo is no exception.

* When you need to stun your own mutinous crew make sure you reach for your Defender 5 sporting blaster. This is actually a really, really nice blaster design with some great paint applications to bring it to life.
 The Negatives:

* Personally, I think Vice Admiral Holdo is a pretty nice dresser. She looks incredible in the film. That's not captured here too well, though. Compare this still from the film with the figure on the left. The Holdo on the left looks like she's wearing a purple potato sack while the real Holdo looks like she's ready for a showing of Squid Lake on Coruscant. I really wish Hasbro had gone with a sculpted figure, even if it meant some articulation cuts. Heck, she's even missing the cuts at the top of the dress due to the ill fitting fabric.

 * The material just doesn't do the figure any favors. On the right you can see how good the sculpted parts of the dress look on the back. Unfortunately, oddly fitting fabric just doesn't mesh well with the sculpt.

   No matter how you feel about her (I like her although I think Admiral Ackbar should have been the one to take out Snoke's Star Destroyer),Vice Admiral Holdo should have been a stellar looking figure. She definitely has some nice qualities but the dress just doesn't do the figure any favors. Soft goods can work well but here they just don't have the ability to duplicate a uniquely designed outfit in this scale. She's a Good figure still, but not as nice as she could have been. I'm glad to have her but I wish Hasbro had just straight up sculpted the figure's dress.

This is the first figure of Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo I've reviewed. For more Star Wars: The Black Series 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
Admiral Ackbar and First Order Officer
Admiral Piett
Ahsoka Tano 
AT-AT Pilot 
Battle Droid
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)
Dryden Vos
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) 
Padme Amidala
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)
X-34 Landspeeder & Luke Skywalker (SDCC Exclusive) 
X-Wing Pilot Asty 


  1. Glad they made her but yes, an odd choice when so many other figures could have been made. Laura Dern is a great actress. Definitely odd how divisive her character has been perceived to be.

    1. Yeah, she's like the least of my problems with the film. Honestly, I just find it to be a very boring Star Wars film. Despite their issues, the Prequels are never boring. TLJ just drags for me in places.

  2. Oof. I really hate that dress. It looks cheap and nasty. Easy pass, which is a pity as I would have liked to add her to my collection. Same issue I had with the Ep IV Leia. I just couldn't get over how bad the soft goods looked. At least I now have an Empire Leia, so that made me happy :).

  3. It is, isn't it? There is so much good about the figure but the dress just doesn't look great. I can tell they tried but a sculpted dress would have been so much better.

  4. As usual from HASBRO NO 3.75 figure ...whart a crap company Hasbro has become orientated sod the fans !"!!!!!

  5. As usual NO 3.75'' figure from Hasbro, that company is RUBBISH and only cares about making money via 6'' figures ...couldn't care less about US original fans know the ones that made them what they are today or rather should have been ..a great company(NOT)

    1. Well, they are a company so making money is their goal, but they definitely so seem to be intent on leaving the 1/18th scale fans. Honestly, for the fans of the classic scale I think it would be best if someone other than Hasbro would take over and manage that line. Super7, Bossfight Studios, etc. Other than whatever TVC figures Hasbro releases or jazwares' 1/18th Fortnite line, the 1/18th scale seems to be dead at retail. 6-7 inches has definitely become the more predominant scale at the moment. I'll admit I've largely stopped collecting the 1/18th scale even through I grew up with it with G.I. Joe and POTF2, but it was kind of an outlier at that time, too.

  6. MekaneckfrenchiefrogSeptember 2, 2023 at 4:21 PM

    I think she looks absolutely awesome - a truly fantastic figure. Although she looks more like something out of a James Bond movie or an old british spy-themed TV series than she does Star Wars, but she's just breathtaking in spite of that. I'll order her right now ! (22 € on amazon France).

    1. I've recently sold off most of my sequel trilogy figure and Holdo is one that I got rid of. I've just...not really had any desire to further collect or even revisit those films. I did keep a few, though. The Red Sith Troopers, Phasma, most Reys and her speeder, BB-8, the deluxe Kylo Ren with unmasked head, and I think the Guavian Enforcer.

  7. You are definitely right about the dress, though - it looks primitive and messy, especially around the collar/shoulders area. It almost looks as though she's wearing a peasant's dress (which almost gives her a vague Tattoine feel..). It would have been forgivable on a Mego doll from the 1970's, but here it just looks weird and rushed, like they didn't put any thought and effort into it and just went the cheapest way possible.

    1. A sculpted dress really would have been the way to go here, even if it meant sacrificing some leg articulation. Soft goods capes and cloaks can look really good in this scale, but dresses are just tough.


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