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Armorer, The - TBS [P4] - Six Inch Figures (TM04)

Name: The Armorer
Collection: The Black Series [Phase IV]
Number: TM04
Scale: 6"
Source: The Mandalorian
Availability: November 2020
License: Hasbro

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The Armorer plays a vital role in keeping the culture of the Mandalorians alive. She forges beskar armor in the ancient tradition of her people.

"'Cause she's The Armorer, she travels to every place. 'Cause she's The Armorer, from here to outer space." The Disney+ series entitled The Mandalorian has changed the attitudes toward Disney Star Wars dramatically. After what many consider a wretched "Sequel" Trilogy, longtime Star Wars fans thought it was all over. Thankfully, the suits at Disney and Lucasfilm brought in people capable of sparking new light and life into the saga to enhance and develop it, not tear it down or destroy it, and create a series that all Star Wars fans love. Live and learn, we suppose. The Mandalorian brings Star Wars back to the Original Trilogy timeline and makes Star Wars familiar and homey again, not distant and foreign. Seeing old characters and vehicles is oddly refreshing. And after only a couple of episodes, fans latched onto The Mandalorian with deep affection. What's more, fans warmly welcomed the new characters introduced in The Mandalorian into their hearts, one by one. The Armorer is a character that plays a crucial role in the series. She develops the armor, not unlike a blacksmith, for The Mandalorian and seemingly works under Imperial control. We soon find out she has some incredible secrets hidden away, and then out of the blue, she takes on multiple Imperial Stormtrooper at once with great success when provoked. We know she is devoted to Mandalorian culture. And we know she has an exciting relationship with the main character of the series. We're curious to see where her story proceeds in the future of the series.

Introduced first as an exclusive, The Armorer entered The Black Series [Phase IV] line with deluxe packaging and extra accessories. The figure also came with a soft-goods faux fur cape. With the standard articulation of most Hasbro toy line figures, The Armorer isn't much different. Specifically, The Armorer comes with the enhanced articulation system introduced with the Rebel Trooper (69) figure a few years ago. The Armorer comes with a finely designed costume. There are many ridges, creases, wrinkles, and textures in The Armorer's blue-collar attire. And the figure seems well protected against the hot embers the character uses to develop the Mandalorian culture's various armor and weaponry. As we see in The Mandalorian series, The Armorer is also a warrior. And the character speaks softly but carries a big stick against the Galactic Empire, and we imagine any other foes that try to prevent her from doing her work. Hasbro captured all of the necessary details of the character perfectly into this action figure. From the main outfit's drab coloring to the glowing gold helmet that obscures the face, The Armorer is another excellent addition to The Black Series [Phase IV} line. However, we wonder why Hasbro made an exclusive version when they could have included all of the exclusive accessories here for the full experience. These figures are already expensive at $19.99 each. With all of the reusing of parts happening lately, they should afford a few extra pieces of plastic for the accessories.

The figure comes with a torch and graspers. You get quite a few other accessories with the exclusive version, making this general market version feel a little light. The action figures hold them all well in both hands. Again, Hasbro knows how to design action figures well, and this release is no exception. But we'd be lying if we said this figure feels incomplete. We prefer the molded cape to the soft-goods version on the exclusive release. Admittedly, the plastic mold looks much more authentic than a random fabric that bunches up on the figure. So, between both versions, you can compile a perfectly accessorized with the appropriate aesthetics you desire. The joints on The Armorer are tight, and the figure maintains poses well. With 30 points of premium articulation, The Armorer achieves any position you require in your displays. Although we know a little bit about The Armorer, the character remains mysterious in the series. We hope it stays that way. Hasbro captured the character's mystery beautifully with this action figure, and we're especially taken with the helmet. In simpler terms, the figure looks like a kitty cat. Because of this, The Armorer reminds us of a Star Wars version of Catwoman. Part of the second wave of 6" figures that make up the fourth phase of The Black Series line, The Armorer rounds out of a mix of characters from the films and other sources to engage as many different types of Star Wars collectors possible. But we anticipate Hasbro will focus on The Mandalorian for the foreseeable future.

Collector Notes

The Armorer

Status: The Armorer is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 30 points (19 areas of articulation)

Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1), reverse ball-socket neck (1), swivel "butterfly left shoulder (1), swivel "butterfly right shoulder (1), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), 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), 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: welding torch, grasps

Date Stamp: N/A

Assortment Number: E9362/EE8908

UPC: 5010993754717

Retail: $19.99 USD

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Added: November 16, 2020
Category: Black Series [Phase IV], The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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