Monday, November 15, 2021

Action Figure Review: Q9-0 (Zero) from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase IV by Hasbro


He's quicker than organics. And smarter, too!

   You know The Mandalorian is a hit when Hasbro is really starting to roll out more side characters from the series. While we're not getting figures like we did in the past for the Prequel Trilogy releases, it's pretty cool that the Black Series is starting to flesh out the world of The Mandalorian with figures like Q9-0, AKA Zero. Voiced by Richard Ayoade, Zero has thus far only appeared in two episodes of The Mandalorian, most prominently in Chapter 6: The Prisoner where he was part of the squad of scoundrels tasked with rescuing a prisoner from a New Republic prisoner transport ship. The Mandalorian has had some great droids so far and while Zero isn't as memorable as IG-11 he definitely feels like a figure that would have been released if Kenner had been producing toys for the show back in the day. He's very reminiscent of 4-LOM, too, so here's another killer droid for your collection. Let's check out Q9-0 after the break...

The Facts:
Height: 5 7/8ths inches
Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, swivel/hinge knees, swivel thighs, balljointed hips, balljointed mid-torso, swivel/hinge shoulders w/ lateral "butterfly" hinges, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel forearms, swivel/hinge wrists, balljointed neck, balljointed head.
Accessories: Blaster rifle
Non-Scalper Price: $20-$23 dollars

The Positives:

* Zero is a pretty standard looking protocol droid from the neck down with a more bug-like head rather than the humanoid head of someone like C-3PO. As far as I can tell he doesn't reuse parts from any of the other previously released protocol droids and thus his body design is completely unique and designed with updated articulation. There's some rally nice weathering on Zero's body, also, to give him an aged, greasy appearance. He's also sporting some very cool webgear with lots of pouches attached.

* Zero stands out as a protocol droid thanks to having a more insect-like looking headsculpt. it's pretty cool looking and calls to mind plenty of other Star Wars droids while still looking unique. He's got oversized silver receptors and a long antenna poking out of the top of his head. I can almost hear his voice when looking at this guy!
* While you could theoretically remove Zero's bandolier, I imagine it would be pretty frustrating and a paint to get back on. Having it as a separate piece definitely looks much nicer, though, and there are quite a few paint applications on it, too. I think these are based on some Russian military gear and they look pretty accurate to the show. I'm really waiting for a Mandalorian Visual Dictionary to identify all of this stuff. I know they seem to be delaying it until the show is over but that seems like a really weak decision to me.

* Besides just having a unique sculpt Q9-0 also has some interesting leg articulation. the articulation blends in quite nicely and is well designed. There seem to be clear pegs in the knee and ankle joints to give the impression of the hinges being more open down there. 

* Like Boba Fett, Zero also carries an EE-3 carbine rifle. It's a great sculpt with some nice paint detail on the stock. It's a bit tough to get it in Zero's hands but it looks good once you get it seated properly.

* The articulation is really good on Zero overall. Yes, he's a droid, so there's a natural stiffness expected but he moves wonderfully and doesn't feel at all limited like some protocol droids might. He's solid, durable, and has some nice extra features to help his articulation. His shoulder pieces are flexible to allow for the shoulder joints to move and he has both swivel/hinge elbows and swivel forearms to allow good arm movement without any risk of damage to the wires on his elbows. 

The Negatives:

* The front of the figure has excellent paintwork but the back is pretty much unpainted. There's not really much color variation on Zero back there in the show but the various brushing effects on his metal body should surely go all the way around. 

   Q9-0 (Zero) is a pretty cool figure of a character I wasn't expecting to be released so soon (or at all). Due to the way Disney/ Lucasfilm seems to operate in regards to partnering with Hasbro is seems that Hasbro is almost always playing catch-up now. Who knows how long it'll be before we get Xi'an, Berg, Qin, and a proper Migs Mayfeld to complete this set. heck who knows if we'll ever get them? Zero is a fun figure and if you shop around you can still get him for the $20 or less rather than the soon to be standard MSRP of $22.99. When the price goes up it definitely makes picking up some secondary and tertiary characters more of a decision for some collectors. I know there have been a few repainted troopers and such I've skipped out on. the Black Series is still a really good line, though, and the new characters are really getting lots of effort put into them. Q9-0 gets a Great from me and is well worth tracking down as part of the newest set of figures out there.

This is the first figure of Q9-0 I've reviewed. For more figures from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase IV check out the following:


  1. Love the design of this guy, especially the insect like head.

    1. Yes, it definitely has an Original Trilogy feel to it and fits his personality.

  2. MekaneckfrenchiefrogSeptember 8, 2023 at 3:38 PM

    Got this guy for decent price, and I like him a lot. For some reason he reminds me of one of the Micronauts aliens (either Antron or Kronos, I'm not sure). In the years 2007-2010 I was heavily into collecting Mego Micronauts. Those really were great years for toy collecting, because you could still get stuff shipped overseas for some quite reasonable shipping rates. So I used to trade lots of Micronauts stuff with a guy called Chuck (who was in Pennsylvania) and a guy in Canada named Craig. The size of the packets we used to send to each other, it was insane.. and it would probably cost us a fortune nowadays. Man, talking about these times makes me nostalgic..

    1. I'm waiting for Hasbro to release an 8D8 from Book of Boba Fett since he was voiced by Matt Berry, who I am a huge fan of. I now want Chris O'Dowd, Katherine Parkinson, and Noel Fielding to voice Star Wars characters so I can have an IT crowd reunion on my Black Series shelf!


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