Collection: The Black Series [Phase I]
Source: Attack Of The Clones
Availability: October 2013
Pablo-Jill is an Ongree Jedi Knight who battles Separatist forces during the Battle of Geonosis.
The absolute greatest Hasbro Star Wars action of 2013 is and will remain The Black Series’ Pablo-Jill. We'll explain in-depth why that is true shortly. As soon as The Original Trilogy Collection wrapped up its original basic figure line in December of 2004, Hasbro needed to pad retailers with some “hold over” figures until the groundbreaking Revenge Of The Sith line would become available. You see, back in those days Hasbro didn’t go months without releasing action figures. They kept the momentum strong and would brainstorm ways to keep collectors engaged during lulls or when preparing for huge multimedia events. Some leftover Star Wars “Saga” basic action figures that didn’t have time to get released thanks to the interruptive OTC line were shelved until a free spot in the line became available. That ended up becoming the first quarter of 2005. Posthumously dubbed POTC for “Post Original Trilogy Collection”, these figures came in OTC lookalike packaging yet contained characters from the Prequel Trilogy as well as those from the Original Trilogy. One character, Pablo-Jill was released with great anticipation. Sadly, distribution wasn’t perfect back then either and many collectors never found him at retail. But Pablo-Jill (Geonosis Arena) (‘05 #1), the very first figure in this revised line look was a tremendously well done action figure that even aesthetically holds up excellently today. Thank goodness we now have The Black Series Pablo-Jill to deal with the articulation issues.
You better get a chair to sit down in because you’ll probably collapse. Pablo-Jill comes with an amazing 16 points of articulation. With a first cursory glance you’ll probably only notice 14 points. But just like the recent The Black Series 6” line, Hasbro has give Pablo-Jill much needed rocker ankle joints. This is equal to getting two ball-joints in the ankles alone. It was tested on a few figures in other lines, like 2010’s TCW [SOTDS] Mace Windu (CW20) and 2012’s SW [TPM 3D] Clone Commander Cody (CW7) figures, but with Pablo-Jill they seem to have mastered this much-needed articulation point. The bottoms of his feet are easy to get flush with any surface on which you pose him. And they also allow you to attain more aggressive and action-oriented poses because you’re able to secure a strong center of gravity or counterweight thanks to these updated ankle joints. Not all Star Wars action figures will require these points of articulation, but they seem to be a necessity with Jedi and clones. We’re just happy that Pablo-Jill has them because they’re wonderful enhancements. Another new approach Hasbro has taken with Pablo-Jill is the inclusion of ball-socket wrists. You’d be surprised how much better they function than the premium ball-jointed wrists and we almost wish Hasbro would continue this trend on future figures, or wherever it’s appropriate. Pablo-Jill's remaining articulation is standard however. But his ball-socket head gives him inhibited movement to a fault. That is just one tiny letdown here however.
Status: Pablo-Jill is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 24 points (14 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: ball-socket head (inhibited movement) (1), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), ball-jointed left elbow (2), ball-jointed right elbow (2), ball-socket left wrist (1), ball-socket right wrist (1), swivel waist (1), ball-jointed left hip (2), ball-jointed right hip (2), ball-jointed left knee (2), ball-jointed right knee (2), ball-jointed/"rocker" left ankle (2), ball-jointed/"rocker" right ankle (2)
Accessory Count: 2
Accessory Details: removable soft-goods robe, lightsaber
Date Stamp: 2012
Assortment Number: A5161/A5077
Retail: $9.99 USD
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