The Inquisitor is a Force-sensitive spy and interrogator for the Galactic Empire who uses a ring-hilted Lightsaber that he spins and throws in combat. He tracks down Jedi who escaped Order 66 and citizens who exhibit Force abilities.
There is probably nothing more frustrating than getting a vehicle before the pilot of that vehicle. That’s been happening for years and in fact it happened in the vintage Kenner era multiple times. But in modern times, many collectors feel it’s putting the cart before the horse and it’s something for which we have developed less and less tolerance. If things had gone as planned with the Rebels line, we likely would have had The Inquisitor to go along with The Inquisitor’s TIE Advanced Prototype vehicle. But one issue after another prevented most of the Rebels basic figures from arcing on time. In fact, most arrived months late, long after the vehicles had arrived. There were even reports of the TARGET exclusive The Inquisitor’s TIE Advanced Prototype/The Inquisitor vehicle/figure set arriving before the basic figure did. It’s all very confusing. Thankfully, Hasbro developed a very nice version of this character for the toy line. Now we just have to see if the Rebels show will be a success as well as the complementary toy line and determine if this all was worth it. We’re inclined to believe it was all worth it indeed. The Inquisitor is a well sculpted action figure, albeit simply articulated, that brings a major character from Rebels into the toy line.
As the very first basic figure officially teased by Hasbro, StarWars.com was the lucky media outlet that revealed The Inquisitor almost a full year before his release in late December 2013. The final figure looks VERY different from the prototype show on StarWars.com, but that’s expected as prototypes are made to look especially nice for solicitation purposes. But the final figure didn’t fare badly at all. The sculpt is great and the paint job is even better. The only thing we don’t like about his is his silly ringlet lightsaber, but that’ no fault on Hasbro. He has this thing in the show and it looks like he is playing with a Star Wars role play toy instead of possessing a real heavy duty weapon. A Pau’an, we haven’t really seen much of the inhabitants of Utapau throughout the Expanded Universe. But it’s nice to see another tie to Episode III in the Rebels television show. We also haven’t received many Pau’an action figures in the basic figure line, save for 2005’s ROTS Tion Medon (Sneak Preview) (2 of 4) and 2005’s ROTS Utapaun Warrior (III 53) figures. The Inquisitor seems a little more civilized by comparison, although knowing about this species in Episode III makes it a little bit difficult to believe that this species would have such a lofty role in the Empire. But that’s just us.
Hasbro did a very nice job on the head sculpt. The Inquisitor even has the texturized skin pattern that the character in Revenge Of The Sith has. Of course, that detail is about the only one the characters share because The Inquisitor is dressed in style for the Empire and following the threat the Pau’ans fought against during the Clone Wars. It’s a bit ironic The Inquisitor is now serving under them. Again, it’s a little bit unbelievable for us. The outfit is very crisp and clean, and Hasbro accented it with silver a red details like the ranking badge and the Imperial emblem to give his clothes a very Imperial Navy feel to them. We just want to reiterate that we feel Hasbro has really gotten things together with this budget line of figures. The sculpts are so much more improved and the paint jobs are no longer comical. The first wave of Rebels figures is proving to us that something has changed with the approach of these action figures. And we’re happy it’s significantly improved change. We may not know much about these characters yet, but Hasbro is helping to pique interest in them by making good toys. So we’ll continue to be positive about what they make for us in the future.
Status: The Inquisitor is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 5 points (5 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: swivel head (1), swivel left shoulder (1), swivel right shoulder (1), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1)
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: ring-hilted double-bladed lightsaber
Date Stamp: 2014
Assortment Number: A8649/A3857
Retail: $6.99 USD
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