Wednesday, November 25, 2020

This is the Way: Jango Fett (Star Wars: Bounty Hunter) from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

   The Mandalorian Madness continues with a look at Jango Fett who is, according to the rulers of Mandalore, not actually a Mandalorian. He's allegedly from Concord Dawn, a planet in the Mandalore Sector of the Outer Rim, but not from Mandalore itself. Anyways, whether or not he's a Mandalorian it's pretty clear that Jango Fett was renowned as the greatest bounty hunter of his era. Hasbro released a Jango Fett in the Black Series back in early 2016 that was based on his appearance from Attack of the Clones, a film that's simultaneously one of the best and one of the worst Star Wars movies. This version of Jango Fett is one of GameStop exclusive Gaming Greats and is actually based on the 2002 GameCube and Playstation 2 game Star Wars: Bounty Hunter. That's pretty cool, right? It wasn't the best game but I do have some good memories of playing Star Wars: Bounty Hunter on my GameCube back in 2003 or so. The biggest weakness of the previous Jango Fett figure was the paint on the face so Hasbro has totally rectified that issue here with an incredible face print. To further differentiate the figure, though, you also get Jango's earlier Z-6 jetpack and a purple bodysuit. I thought it was worth a buy, especially with the great sales and the nice rewards GameStop has been running lately. Let's take a look at the Gaming Greats Jango Fett after the break...

The Facts:

Height: 6 inches

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

Accessories: Jetpack, two WESTAR-34 blaster pistols, and a helmet.

Non-Scalper Price: $25 dollars


* On the left is the new Gaming Greats Jango Fett while the previously released Jango Fett is on the right. The biggest difference here are the presence of facial printing (the new Jango looks amazing), the purple bodysuit versus blue, the different jetpacks, and the cleaner look on the new Jango versus the weathering on the previous figure.

The Positive:

* While this is the same sculpt as the previous Jango Fett release from 4-5 years ago, it still holds up quite well. Hasbro has always done an excellent job with armored characters and they did a great job of capturing all of the detail in Jango's flight suit and armor. This suit is much cleaner than the previous one, giving Jango's armor a shiny, retro-futuristic aesthetic. All of the details are here, even including the rocket dart launchers on his knees.

 * The headsculpt is the winner here and makes this variant worth a purchase. This is actually the same headsculpt as the previous figure but the modern face printing is so amazing that the likeness is drastically improved. This is a great Temuera Morrison likeness! Honestly, it's really astounding how much the face printing improves these figures.

* Jango's gauntlets are nicely detailed and Hasbro gave Jango swivel biceps and swivel forearms in addition to the swivel/ hinge elbows. This makes posing the gauntlets, even though they have wires, much easier.

 * The articulation on these older figures isn't as impressive or as smooth as on the newer figures but Jango is still no slouch. He's got most of the standard joints you'd expect from figures within the first 3-4 years of the Black Series plus the extra arm joints.


* Jango's WESTAR-34 blaster pistols look fantastic. The paintwork is a bit different on them but it does seem to match the game version of the pistols quite well.

 * Like an old west gunfighter, Jango Fett likes to keep his dual blaster pistols on his hips. The WESTAR-34 blasters fit nicely in the holsters and the belt and attached utility pouches look pretty sharp. The holsters and belt aren't removable but they are separate pieces that can shift around a bit to look better in certain poses.

 * Jango Fett comes with the Z-6 jetpack which he used in the Bounty Hunter game and in the earlier scenes in Episode II. Overall it's quite similar to Boba Fett's but with a different paintjob and some other minor differences, such as hollowed out thrusters on the bottom.


* Rather than an interchangeable helmeted head, Jango Fett comes with a removable helmet. I think it looks pretty slick and appropriately proportioned. Sometimes removable helmets look too large but this one seems just right to me. Plus you can have Jango hold it as an accessory if you want, which is harder to due with an actual swappable head. It's a lot cleaner than the previous helmet, too.

The Negatives:

* My only real complaint with the figure is that the range of the motion on the elbow is definitely not too impressive, especially considering what we're getting now. I'm not saying we need a completely new Jango Fett (I'm saying that we don't need a new Jango Fett, either) but it would be nice if Hasbro had retooled this a bit.

   For a glorified repaint the Gaming Greats Jango Fett turned out to be a pretty nice figure and I definitely prefer him to the first release. He's still a very solid figure and the new headsculpt and jetpack just make him even better. There are a few areas of the figure that might feel a bit outdated, mostly some of the articulation model, and of course you'll be paying a bit more due to this being a GameStop exclusive (it seems like all of the Star Wars: The Black Series exclusives have the "exclusive tax") but this is still a Great and a 1/2 figure. I like that the Gaming Greats line is drawing from a fairly diverse array of Star Wars games, including older stuff from the pre-Disney era.
 So far the only other Jango Fett figure I've reviewed is the Black Series Phase III Episode 2 Jango Fett.
For more from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III check out the following:
0-0-0 (Triple Zero)
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
Boba Fett (Carbonized) Doctor Aphra
Dryden Vos
Elite Praetorian Guard
Elite Praetorian Guard (with Heavy Blade)
Emperor Papatine and Throne
Enfys Nest's Swoop Bike/ Enfys Nest
Ezra Bridger
Finn (First Order Disguise)
Finn (FN-2187)
Finn (Jakku)
First Order Flametrooper
First Order General Hux
First Order Jet Trooper
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 Grievous
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 (Mimban)
Han Solo (Solo)
Han Solo (The Force Awakens)
Heavy Battle Droid
Heavy Infantry Mandalorian
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 Jumptrooper
Imperial Patrol Trooper
Imperial Probe Droid
Imperial Shock Trooper 
Imperial Royal Guard 
Inferno Squad Agent
Jaina Solo (Legends)
Jango Fett
Jedi Knight Revan
Kanan Jarrus
Knight of Ren (Vicrul)
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 (Death Star Escape)
Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight)
Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master) 
Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master)- Ahch-To Island
Luke Skywalker (Skyalker Strikes)
Luke Skywalker (Yavin Ceremony)
Mace Windu
Maz Kanata 
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Force Spirit)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Padawan) 
Obi-Wan Kenobi (SDCC 2016) 
Offworld Jawa
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)
Purge Stormtrooper
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 & D-O
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 
Second Sister Inquisitor
Sergeant Jyn Erso (Eadu)
Sergeant Jyn Erso (Jedha)
Shadow Stormtrooper
Sith Trooper
Stormtrooper (Mimban)
Stormtrooper (With Blast Accessories)
Supreme Leader Snoke (Throne Room)
Tobias Beckett
Tusken Raider 
Val (Vandor)
Vice Admiral Holdo
Wedge Antilles
X-34 Landspeeder & Luke Skywalker (SDCC Exclusive) 
X-Wing Pilot Asty 
Yoda (Force Spirit)
Zorii Bliss


  1. Very cool. Didn't even realize this was released. I may have to pull out my old Jango and set him up next to all the other Mandalorian figures. This is the Way.

    1. There's been no shortage of Mandalorians or folks in Mandalorian armor lately for sure. I'd forgotten this guy was coming out, too, until I stumbled upon him in GameStop.


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