Name: Mara Jade [Fans' Choice]
Collection: The Black Series [Phase I]
Source: Expanded Universe (Heir To The Empire)
Availability: October 2013
An Assassin for Emperor Palpatine, Mara's life changes when she meets – and eventually marries – Luke Skywalker.
What were they thinking? We have been asking ourselves that often with some of the latest Hasbro offerings, especially with specific examples in The Black Series. Something went terribly awry with The Black Series Mara Jade action figure. She’s oh-so-good from the neck down, but oh-so-bad from the neck up and sadly it’s the portrait of an action figure that captures the attention of the collecting community. You’ve heard the jokes already. She looks like she is from some 1980s all-girl rock band as she has more height in her hair than Kate Pierson from the B-52s. (Well, maybe not that much, but you catch our drift). What seemingly should be a flawless action figure is marred by a poor decision to sculpt a separate hair piece and glue it to the “bald” head of Mara Jade. This in and of itself will create unnecessary height. And that’s exactly how the final action figure comes across. The hair is so bulky that it even affects how much movement you get out of the ball-socket head joint. To be fair, this will happen with any character that has long hair, but it seems even more pronounced with Mara Jade. Not all is lost, but sadly a killer portrait is usually need to forgive an action figure’s shortcomings. In this example, you’re going to need the entire body below the neck to as much as possible forgive the dreadful head sculpt. And to be fair, the body is pure sculpting excellence. That makes that fact that the portrait is so poor even more tragic.
The issues of the head sculpt far exceed the most noticeable issue that she has “hair band” hair. Sadly, there are other aspects of the head sculpt which prevent Mara Jade from looking as beautiful as she should be. Look at her eyebrows, goodness gracious. She look equally angry and confused. And her pudgy and cherubic cheeks do anything but give her the much deserved sex appeal that this red head has held throughout the ages. We’d go so far to say that the portrait from 1998’s Expanded Universe line is a better likeness than this one. We just want to know what in the world went wrong here. Some G.I. Joe female figures are stunningly beautiful. Why do female Star Wars characters struggle so badly? Hasbro did try to appease Mara Jade fans by releasing an update to the character in 2007’s TAC Luke Skywalker/Mara Jade (No. 10) Comic Packs set, but many though that the likeness on that version was also not that great. Hindsight is always 20/20, and we bet that you’ll wish that Hasbro used that head sculpt on The Black Series version version because even that one is a few steps better and more accurate. You can even look to Gentle Giant Ltd.’s Mini Bust interpretation of Mara Jade and can see that this is a beautiful and sexy woman. There is no reason why Hasbro can’t make her look this way either. Some say that the prototype sample shown at San Diego Comic Con didn’t look half as bad as the production figure, but we were concerned from the beginning that it wouldn’t turn out as expected, and that’s where we’re at today.
Status: Mara Jade is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 23 points (14 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1) (inhibited movement), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), ball-jointed left elbow (2), ball-jointed right elbow (2), swivel left glove (1), swivel right glove (1), ball-jointed torso (2), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1), ball-jointed left knee (2), ball-jointed right knee (2), ball-jointed left ankle (2), ball-jointed right ankle (2)
Accessory Count: 4
Accessory Details: lightsaber, lightsaber hilt, blaster, removable holster
Date Stamp: 2012
Assortment Number: A5165/A5077
Retail: $9.99 USD
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