I received a few Star Wars: The Black Series figures for my birthday last month but since I've been so busy with 31 Days of Toy Terror it's taken me longer to get around to reviewing them! Today I'm starting things off with a look at Figrin D'an, the leader of the Modal Tones. Being one of the most rocking jizz bands around, "Fiery" Figrin D'an and the Modal Tones are well known throughout the galaxy for their music, particularly their hit single "Mad About Me." The Cantina Band has always been well loved but, oddly, Kenner never included them in the vintage Star Wars toyline. They didn't appear as an action figure until the Power of the Force 2 line in 1997 where they were sold as a Star Wars Insider mail-away. That figure came with five different instruments, so you could build most any member of the band or purchase a group of figures to add in all seven different members. Or eight. There seems to be a discrepancy of how many band members there are based on some Expanded Universe references, particularly from the Star Wars trading card game. Theres also a seated Bith band member wearing a rober. Anyways, creating multiple members from one release is actually kind of the approach that Hasbro is taking with the Black Series version of the Cantina Band. Figrin D'an includes three instruments, allowing him to serve as four or five different musicians (two musicians play the fanfar and the seated Bith might also be a kloo hornplayer) while the deluxe Nalan Cheel figure includes the three other larger instruments. Let's take a look at Figrin D'an, or Tedn Dahai, or Ickabel G'ont, or Doikk Na'ts, after the break...
Height: 6 inches
Articulation: Swivel/ hinge ankles, boot swivels, swivel/hinge knees, swivel thighs, balljointed hips, balljointed mid-torso, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, balljointed wrists, balljointed neck, and a balljointed head.
Accessories: Fanfar, 2 piece Dorenian Beshniquel, and a 2 piece Kloo Horn.
Non-Scalper Price: $25 dollars
* The costumes of the Cantina Band are all the same. Not just their outfits but the film costumes, so, honestly, this could be any of the seven Modal Nones. That being said, Hasbro nailed the look of the band's outfit: Grey slacks, funky black boots, and their groovy black shirts. Jizz seems to be a funky mixture of jazz with 1960s and 1970s style trappings, I guess.
* Since all the bandmembers look the same you can pretend this guy is any of the seven you want. The headsculpt is excellent and really features some fantastic detail on the face and around the eyes, as well as some great paint effects to highlight the bulbous head. The mouth is hollow so that instrument mouthpieces can fit inside.
* The articulation is as good on the Bith band members as on pretty much any other modern Black Series and they can hold all of their instruments quite well. The figure doesn't have the butterfly hinges for the shoulders, which I think would have been a big help, but they do have balljointed necks and balljointed wrists. Those are a big help in setting up poses where the mouthpiece needs to fit in the mouth and the hands need to be holding the instrument in a certain way.
* There are three instruments included with this set so let's start checking them out. First up is the kloo horn, the signature instrument of one Mr. Figrin D'an. The seated Both in robes is also known as Lirin Car'n, and might be a second kloo horn player. The kloo horn does come apart in the middle, but I presume that was a decision made to help with molding the accessory rather than a play feature showing how Fiery Figrin D'an snaps his kloo horn in half after a particularly epic performance. The detail is really nice on all of the instruments and the kloo horn is particularly detailed with some rather nice paint highlights. I think he looks great holding it and rocking out.
* OK, so this is the fanfar, played by Tedn Dahai. It also might be the same prop as Ickabel G'ont's double jocimer, though the instruments are supposed to be different in canon. Anyways, it's a small flute like instrument and I doubt anyone would blame you for using it as both instruments. It's a cool little piece and fits in the hands well. The mouthpiece isn't snug in the Bith's mouth but it does fit there and rests when standing.
* Lastly, you get the Dorenian Beshniquel, also known as the fizzz. The bandmember is Doikk Na'ts, so you've got Na'ts playing jizz on the fizzz. What a weird sentence. This is another pretty impressive interesting and, with just a little work, I've got my Modal None holding it just fine. The mouthpiece/ top of the Dorenian Beshniquel is removable.
If you're looking for more of the Cantina Band/ Figrin D'an and the Modal Nones, Figrin D'an, Lirin Car'n, Tedn Dahai, Ickabel G'ont, and Doikk Na'ts, they do appear in the background of the old Galoob Micro Machines C-3PO/ Cantina Transforming Action Set.
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