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Darth Revan - TBSA - Six Inch Figures

Name: Darth Revan
Collection: The Black Series Archive
Number: N/A
Scale: 6"
Source: Expanded Universe (Knights Of The Old Republic)
Availability: December 2021
License: Hasbro

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The enigmatic former hero of the Jedi Civil War, Darth Revan continued to play a pivotal role in the ongoing war between the Sith Empire and the Galactic Republic.

The popularity of Darth Revan confounds more than just a couple of collectors. If you’re a gamer, you likely adore the dark warrior. If you’re a fan of the multimedia of the Knights Of The Old Republic, you probably found favor with Darth Revan as well. Generally speaking, Darth Revan is a cool-looking Star Wars character, and much like Boba Fett, the character gains notoriety and interested Star Wars fans by how it looks, and not much else. Sure, Darth Revan wields lightsabers with the best of them, and the dark outfit with a tattered cape is a nice touch to an already fascinating character. Hasbro produced an excellent 6-inch interpretation of the character in The Black Series line in the Hasbro Star Wars line. It quickly became a favorite action figure to those who collected the line. Darth Revan didn’t appear to meet demand when first released, so it makes sense why Hasbro added it to The Black Series Archive line. The figure is a slight repaint of the original release, but the differences aren’t all that noticeable, and if you have the previous release, it will likely suffice your needs for your collection. However, there is evidence that Hasbro tightened up the paint operations, especially on the head sculpt.

Darth Revan won the first The Black Series 6-inch Fans’ Choice Poll. The character also won the Fans’ Choice Poll for the collector favorite 30 (77-07) line and was released in the stunning Expanded Universe wave in the middle of the summer in 2007. Darth Revan continues to be a hot figure and fetch a premium on the aftermarket. We still have some fundamental issues with Darth Revan. For example, Darth Revan’s hood isn’t removable, much to our chagrin. The hood on the 6-inch figure is a separate piece, so Hasbro did the right thing at the start. However, it is tacked down (glued down) at the shoulders, and unless you’re willing to tear away the seal and risk damage to the figure, there is no way to remove the hood. We find this a major disappointment. There isn’t a way to appreciate the details of the head sculpt, see the bald head (if that’s accurate), or be given an alternate form of posing it. It’s tough to appreciate the head sculpt because the hood obstructs its view. The light copper details on Darth Revan’s torso and gauntlets are a bit distracting. The figure has a cape with holes but ornate coloring in the armor. It’s an odd combination.

As with all The Black Series 6-inch figures, Darth Revan has an excellent articulation system. But you should note that the figure doesn’t move that well. Ultimately the shoulder, arms, hips, and legs don’t move freely. Sure, you can get Darth Revan in some acceptable poses, but the figure is just a tad too chunky in spots which prevents you from getting the movement these joints should typically provide. Most disappointing is the movement of the head. It barely articulates. Because the head sculpt is separate from the “locked” hood, you can force the head left and right to give the figure some options, but we believe that in the end, you’ll also feel that Hasbro should have produced a head/hood combination that was more freeing for the figure. There are some beautiful details sculpted into Darth Revan. We don’t think that Hasbro optimized the sculpt to make articulation lovers happy, is all. Darth Revan also has no place on the belt to hang the lightsaber hilts. Now, the 3.75-inch version didn’t have these options either, but we were sincerely hoping for a few premium options here to set this version apart from all others. Darth Revan retails for $24.99.

Collector Notes

Darth Revan

Status: Darth Revan is a repaint of 2016's TBS [P3] Darth Revan (#34) figure.

Articulation Count: 28 points (17 areas of articulation)

Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1), hinge-jointed neck (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), 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: 4

Accessory Details: lightsaber hilt A, lightsaber hilt B, red lightsaber blade, purple lightsaber blade

Date Stamp: N/A

Assortment Number: F1910/F0961

UPC: 5010993830992

Retail: $24.99 USD

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Added: February 14, 2022
Category: Black Series Archive, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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