His body is shielded by beskar armor, his face is hidden behind a T-visored mask, and his past is wrapped in mystery. The Mandalorian is battle-worn and tight-lipped, a formidable bounty hunter in an increasingly dangerous galaxy.
For one reason or another, Hasbro produced four “chase” figures for The Black Series [Phase III] line that made up the first wave of figures for Triple Force Friday. Each is a retail chain exclusive and only available there. Yet interestingly, the “chase” figures match in number to the original released. Described as “carbonized,” these figures have received specialized deco, which visually is shiny and metallic, and the figure looks like it’s been cast in metal too. When compared to the original release, the “carbonized” version looks quite different. There seems to be a mixed response from collectors on these exclusives. But overall, they seem to be going over well. We don’t understand their draw all that much, but if you’re into them, that’s fantastic too. The Mandalorian may be the most popular figure in the first wave of Triple Force Friday figures, so it makes sense why Hasbro made him one of the four “carbonized” figures. Ultimately, the TARGET exclusive The Mandalorian (Carbonized) figure turned out very well. Let’s take a closer look at the figure.
The Mandalorian has strong Boba Fett ties to it. There are some immediate differences to the classic bounty hunter’s armor to this new figure, as well. For instance, there is no antenna on the helmet. There is more armor throughout the figure’s outfit. And there is an overall militaristic theme in The Mandalorian’s style and design. If you think of all of the fantastic Mandalorians we received as action figures in Hasbro’s long line, like from the Comic Packs and exclusive multipacks, you’ll find that The Mandalorian action figure has many similarities to those classic action figures. Yet, it has a great deal of newness to it as well. The color palette is gorgeous. With steel blue, brown, tan, and dark gray, Hasbro decorated The Mandalorian 6” figure beautifully. Longtime collectors of the 6” line will be happy to know that Hasbro utilized the enhanced articulation approach with this action figure, including the “butterfly” shoulder joints. They’re a bit difficult to utilize thanks to the bulkier design of the upper body, but they’re there and function well enough to be useful for collectors.
The Mandalorian has a very streamlined look and feel to it, and isn’t burdened by lots of bells and whistles that ultimately don’t do much for the figure. Hasbro worked in a functioning holster for the included blaster pistol. It fits snuggly into place, and his right hand has been designed to accommodate when using it for defense. He also comes with a removable cape, but he looks fantastic wearing it, so you’ll probably want to keep it on him at all times. For us, the greatest part of The Mandalorian 6” figure is the included ray gun. Inspired from The Star Wars Holiday Special, this version of the ray gun has a personality on its own and fits The Mandalorian beautifully. He can hold it with one hands or two hands, as a staff, or as a blaster. The options are yours, and the figure offers the freedom to display it as you wish. Overall, The Mandalorian is an excellent addition to The Black Series [Phase III] 6” line, and there are multiple ways to add it into your collection. If you want something fancy, then go with the “carbonized” version. It’s the prettier of the two.
Status: The Mandalrian is a repaint of 2019's TBS [P3] The Mandalorian (94) figure. This time the figure has received a "carbonized" paint job.
Articulation Count: 30 points (19 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1), hinge-jointed neck (1), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), swivel "butterfly left shoulder (1), swivel "butterfly right shoulder (1), ball-jointed left elbow (2), ball-jointed right elbow (2), ball-jointed left wrist (2), ball-jointed right wrist (2), ball-jointed torso (2), ball-socket left hip (1), ball-socket right hip (1), swivel left thigh (1), swivel right thigh (1), double hinge-jointed left knee (2), double hinge-jointed right knee (2), ball-jointed/"rocker" left ankle (2), ball-jointed/"rocker" right ankle (2)
Accessory Count: 3
Accessory Details: ray staff, blaster pistol, cape
Date Stamp: N/A
Assortment Number: E8437
Retail: $19.99 USD
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