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Hot Toys Brings Bo-Katan Kryze to Sixth Scale

Hot Toys Bo-Katan Kryze

I am Bo-Katan of Clan Kryze. I was born on Mandalore and fought in the Purge. I am the last of my line.” –Bo-Katan Kryze
 
Hot Toys has unveiled a new 1/6 scale figure inspired by the character of Bo-Katan Kryze as she appeared in Season 2 of the hit Star Wars series, The Mandalorian, streaming on Disney+

A gifted warrior, Bo-Katan Kryze is a legendary Mandalorian. Refusing to align with the Empire’s occupation of Mandalore, she now seeks the Darksaber. 
 
The resourceful and brave leader of the Nite Owls is a must-have 1/6 figure collectible for all Star Wars fans. Pre-order her today, via Sideshow

The 1/6th scale Bo-Katan Kryze Collectible Figure special features:

  • A hand painted and ultra-realistic portrait of Katee Sackhoff as she appeared as Bo-Katan Kryze in Star Wars: The Mandalorian
  • A newly created battle damaged and weathered helmeted head sculpt with articulated rangefinder
  • A 1/6 scale body with over 26 points of articulation
  • Multiple pairs of interchangeable gloved hands for a variety of posing and display options
  • Specially applied distressed and weathered effects on armor, weapons and accessories, including:
  • Bo-Katan Kryze’s Mandalorian armor and vest
  • A pair of gauntlets
  • A tailored long sleeve shirt and pants
  • A belt with pouches and pistol holsters
  • A pair of knee guards
  • A pair of boots
  • Two (2) blasters
  • One (1) wired grappling hook (attachable to gauntlets)
  • One (1) dagger blade (attachable to right gauntlet)
  • A Mandalorian jetpack
  • Two (2) booster fire effect accessories (attachable to jetpack)
  • A comlink
  • An Imperial cruiser rail- themed diorama accessory
  • Specially designed figure stand with character nameplate

Pre-Order the 1/6th scale Bo-Katan Kryze Collectible Figure via Sideshow.

Hot Toys Bo-Katan Kryze

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Super-Articulate: Star Wars Black Series Mando & More

Welcome back to the ongoing effort to, y’know, catch up. This is Troy Brownfield and we’re back with another look at the Star Wars Black Series. Obviously, this is one of the busiest figure lines, with new things arriving all the time. I decided to focus on four of the “newer” arrivals in the interest of trying to get ahead for when more things land soon. Three are figures drawn from The Mandalorian, and one is a deluxe figure pulled from The Phantom Menace.  Let’s take that last guy first.

Jar Jar Binks: Frankly, I was a little puzzled at first as to why Jar Jar was done in deluxe style. Sure, the larger accessories lend the figure to the deluxe box and treatment, but Jar Jar could have easily been a figure with one or zero accessories. That said, once everything is out of the box, I found the accessories to be cool enough to justify their own existence. Another thing that’s more evident upon reflection: Jar Jar is a figure that is mostly, if not entirely, new in the sculpting department. Other characters might be able to repurpose arms, legs, etc., but I’d wager that Jar Jar is entirely new. That’s one reason I put in a close-up shot of the feet; you can’t exactly put those on Leia.

Another unique sculpt section is the head and neck assembly. Jar Jar’s longer neck is distinctive to Gungans (outside of Boss Nass), and the different assembly provides a greater range of motion for both the head and the neck itself (turning at the shoulders, moving forward and backward, etc.). It’s a great set of tiny decisions that really lends a lot to the personality of the figure. The head and face are spot-on pieces of work, too. The vinyl costume pieces add more authenticity as well.

As for those accessories, they’re weapons used by the Gungan army as seen in The Phantom Menace. The shield is my favorite; the overall design and coloration are great, and the sheer size made me admit that the deluxe boxing and price was the way to go. The spear is impressively tall, but I like the booma atlatl as well. Hasbro put a lot of attention to detail in these pieces. Overall, I like the Jar Jar figure a lot, and I wouldn’t be surprised if some elements of the figure are used to give us a Captain Tarpals in the future. Really nice job.

Kuiil: I like short figures. Let me clarify: I like it when lines include figures of different heights. It can give the figures a much better since of scale. It’s great to see the Ugnaught mechanic/moisture farmer/babysitter/assassin droid rehabilitator Kuiil get a solid representation at proper height. I put it one shot of Kuiil with IG-11 to give a sense of that.

Frankly, this is a little gem of a figure. He’s not the flashiest, and his character (unfortunately) isn’t around for long, but the design team did him justice. The face is definitely the winning feature here, and the scarf is that kind of perfect extra touch that Hasbro really seems to be reaching for lately. This is an instance where the figure looks exactly like the character, and it’s all the better for it.

Greef Karga: Speaking of likenesses, the Greef Karga figure really does capture Carl Weathers. You almost expect the figure to tell you to save the packaging to get a stew goin’ (everybody get that who’s gonna get that? Great; let’s move on). At any rate, part of the fun of this one is the strong resemblance.

In terms of costume, Karga isn’t the flashiest guy. However, Hasbro did a lot of work to bring contrast to the varying browns, making the pants, shirt, sleeves, and cape all visually distinct from one another, even if they down come from the same palette neighborhood. Like the vinyl pieces on Jar Jar, the two-side cape with sculpted-in folds looks not only accurate, but natural; it looks like it does indeed lay over his shoulder, and not just like a piece of plastic stuck to other plastic.

Karga comes with two blaster accessories, each of which can fit in the functional holsters on the figure. I opted for the two-gun look. I included a photo of Karga with Cara Dune as a) they’ve spent a lot of screen-time together, and b) the photo itself is begging for a Mythrol figure. You hear that, Hasbro? If he’s a Funko Pop, he can be Black Series.

Moff Gideon: Of course he comes with a Darksaber. There’s a lot of fine detail on that weapon, and if you look closely, the edge all the way around varies from the body of the blade in color and opaque quality. That’s just crazy for something that thin. Gideon also comes with a pistol that fits the figure’s holster.

As for the rest of the figure, this is another strong effort. I’m not sure if the likeness is as close as Karga, but, damn, kids, that’s Esposito. Like the Darksaber, Gideon’s outfit is festooned with small details and tiny color additions that enhance the overall look. The two-toned cap is removable, and the interior red really makes the smaller details on the figure itself pop.

Hasbro continues to do a fine job with their offerings in the 6-inch scale. I know some fans would prefer faster turnaounds for certain characters, but you have to admit that the pace is accelerating, with Mandalorian Season 2 figures like Bo-Katan Kryze and The Bad Batch already making their way to shelves. This is a rock-solid group right here, and it will just reinforce the fandom’s desire for more.

Gina Carano is Booted From Star Wars

Gina Carano Cara Dune

After months of petitions to get her booted, Lucasfilm has stated that Gina Carano is no longer part of Star Wars. Carano had played Cara Dune on The Mandalorian.

#FireGinaCarano was the latest movement to get the actress removed from the show/universe after she shared anti-Semitic posts on her Instagram.

A Lucasfilm spokesperson stated:

Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future. Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.

For months, Carano has been a lightning rod for complaints. She regularly mocked covid mask mandates, spread election conspiracies, made Transphobic statements, and liked posts that were anti-Black Lives Matter.

Even with that, the actress played her role in the second season of The Mandalorian with Disney not responding. It’s only after the second season was done has Lucasfilm and Disney done anything. When the show was going in another direction anyway. We award them no credit for their actions.

A lot of tie-ins have been released for the character including toys from Hasbro and LEGO. It’s unknown if future release plans may change for those items.

Carano’s Dune was expected to play a future role in upcoming Star Wars television shows, and while that was speculation, we’ll see if she’s indeed done or those “no plans” might change.

(via iO9)

Diamond Comic Distributors is Launching Card Culture

Card Culture

Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. has announced the May the 4th launch of Card Culture, a retailer program focused on non-sport, collectible trading cards from leading trading card companies.

The cornerstone of this new program is access to exclusive, licensed content for member stores. Thanks to a partnership with The Topps Company, Inc, Card Culture’s first release will be in conjunction with Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season 2. Member stores will have access to an exclusive, 11-card, limited edition Mandalorian promo set developed by Topps exclusively for Card Culture program members. Card #1 of this exclusive launch set will be available May the 4th and collectors will be able to complete their set at a later date when subsequent cards are released.

Future releases for member stores will include exclusive content from Garbage Pail Kids and WWE. These releases are anticipated in the second half of 2021. Additional details regarding the program, including how to sign up, is being provided to current Diamond retailers.

Diamond Select Toys 2021 Sneak Peek: Avatar, Invincible, Mandalorian and More!

The new year is upon us, and Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant Ltd. have another sneak peek at their upcoming products for 2021! Opening for pre-order today, new items from Avatar: The Last Airbender, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Godzilla, Invincible, Marvel, and Star Wars will be sure to make your resolution list for the new year. Find a comic shop at comicshoplocator.com or order from your favorite online retailer!

Avatar: The Last Airbender Deluxe Action Figures Series 4 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! The action continues with the fourth series of deluxe action figures based on Avatar: The Last Airbender! Sokka comes with his boomerang, and he teams up with Final Battle Aang, with his removable elemental effect pieces and glider accessory. Each figure features approximately 16 points of articulation, as well as interchangeable hands. Each figure comes packaged in a full-color window box with hangtag. Designed by Eamon O’Donoghue, sculpted by Richard Force! (JAN211964, SRP: $24.99/ea.)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Gallery Angel PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Get ready to vamp out! The vampire Angel leaps into action in this all-new diorama based on the original BTVS television series! Has he gone fully evil, or is he just really mad? Who cares, because this 10-inch sculpture of the vampire with a soul features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and is made of high-quality PVC! It comes packaged in a full-color window box.   Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Jorge Santos Souza! (JAN211963, SRP: $49.99)

Godzilla Gallery Godzilla 1993 Deluxe PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The next Godzilla Gallery Diorama is coming, this time based on the poster for 1993’s Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II! Measuring approximately 11 inches tall, this sculpture of the big G holding the remains of the gunship Garuda is crafted of high-quality PVC and features detailed sculpting and paint details. It comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Jorge Santos Souza. Displays with Rodan, available now! (JAN211971, SRP: $89.99)

Invincible Animation Deluxe Action Figures Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! The long-running comic series from Skybound is now an animated series, and DST is delivering all-new action figures! Up-and-coming superhero Invincible and his alien father Omni-Man make up the first assortment of 7-inch figures, each with 16 points of articulation and interchangeable heads and hands, as well as various accessories: a concrete block and Flaxan arm for Omni-Man, a Reanimen head for Invincible, and baseball gloves for both! Each comes packaged in a full-color window box with hangtag. Sculpted by Chris Dahlberg! (JAN211962, SRP: $24.99/ea.)

Marvel Animated X-Men Gambit 1/7 Scale Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Based on the original X-Men animation from the 1990s, this approximately 6-inch bust of Gambit is inspired by his appearance in the series, wielding his staff and playing cards. Featuring a cartoon-accurate paint scheme and line-perfect sculpting, this bust is limited to only 3,000 pieces and comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Designed by Barry Bradfield, sculpted by Paul Harding! (JAN211966, SRP: $59.99)

Marvel Comic Premier Collection Rhino Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! Nothing can stop the Rhino! The Spider-Man foe takes center stage in the Premier Collection as an all-new statue, showing the horned villain with his head lowered, ready to charge. Standing approximately 9 inches tall, this statue features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and is limited to only 3,000 pieces; it comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Designed by Caesar and hand-sculpted by Clayburn Moore! (JAN211965, SRP: $250.00)

Marvel Comic Gallery VS Captain America PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s a new line of Marvel Gallery Dioramas for the new decade! Depicting your favorite Marvel heroes in combat, the new VS series kicks off with none other than Captain America, hurling his shield as he races into the fray. Measuring approximately 10” tall, this sculpture is made of high-quality PVC and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. It comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Nelson X. Asencio, hand-sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (JAN211967, SRP: $49.99)

Legends in 3D Star Wars Ahsoka Tano Half-Scale Bust

A Gentle Giant Ltd. release! She’s one of the most popular characters in Star Wars fandom, and now Ahsoka Tano is a Legend in 3D! This approximately 10-inch bust captures the Jedi Knight in ½ scale, atop a sculpted, lightsaber-inspired pedestal. Limited to only 1,000 pieces, she features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and comes packaged in a numbered, full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. (JAN211969, SRP: $175.00)

Star Wars Mandalorian Mandalorian & Child Milestones 1/6 Scale Statue

A Gentle Giant Ltd. release! The Mandalorian rockets into the sky, Child in hand, in this all-new Milestones statue based on the hit Disney+ TV series! Depicting the unlikely duo in flight, this 1/6 scale, approximately 16-inch statue is limited to only 1,000 pieces and comes packaged in a full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. (JAN211968, SRP: $350.00)

The Mandalorian Child with Pram 1/6 Scale Statue

A Gentle Giant Ltd. release! When it comes to rides in The Mandalorian, there are none quite so classy as the Child’s pram. Grogu chills in style as he cruises along above the ground in his hovering baby carriage, and now you can enjoy the sleek design in this 1/6 scale statue! Measuring approximately 5.5 inches tall, this piece features detailed sculpting and paint applications and a clear support rod to mimic flight. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, it comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. (JAN211970, SRP: $120.00)

Hasbro Reveals More Star Wars Toys for Mando Monday

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES THE MANDALORIAN DARKSABER FORCE FX ELITE LIGHTSABER

(HASBRO/Age 14 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $249.99/Available: Summer 2021)

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES THE MANDALORIAN DARKSABER FORCE FX ELITE LIGHTSABER, inspired by the live-action THE MANDALORIAN series on Disney Plus. Combining advanced LEDs and entertainment-inspired Lightsaber sound effects, the STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES FORCE FX ELITE LIGHTSABER is the most realistic FORCE FX LIGHTSABER yet and features authentic Lightsaber sound effects inspired by THE MANDALORIAN series, including power-up, power-down, and motion sensor-controlled idle hum and battle clash effects. In addition, this Lightsaber features progressive ignition, molten tip effect, light-up hilt, and the first-ever STAR WARS FORCE FX ELITE LIGHTSABER white LED blade edge. The durable light-up metal hilt features design and deco based on the DARKSABER seen in the live-action series. Proudly display this item in any STAR WARS collection with the included stand, with or without the removable blade. Requires 1 rechargeable 3.7V 1500mAH LiPo battery, included. Includes Lightsaber, barrel plug, hex key tool, stand, rechargeable Li-ion battery, USB charging cord, and instructions. Available for pre-order at Entertainment Earth and more.

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION BOBA FETT’S SLAVE I Vehicle

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $149.99/Available: Spring 2021)

This STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION BOBA FETT’S SLAVE I Vehicle is inspired by the starship in STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, and makes a great gift for STAR WARS collectors and fans. With original Kenner branding and realistic detail including an opening cockpit, functioning landing gear, separating wings, and a ladder accessory, this vehicle can be displayed in action figure and vehicle collections. Includes vehicle, stand, HAN SOLO in Carbonite, and instructions. Available at Entertainment Earth.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES BOBA FETT (RE-ARMORED) PREMIUM ELECTRONIC HELMET

(HASBRO/Ages 14 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $119.99/Available: Spring 2022)

Commemorate the live-action return of fan-favorite character BOBA FETT with STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES BOBA FETT (RE-ARMORED) PREMIUM ELECTRONIC HELMET, inspired by the series THE MANDALORIAN on Disney+! This role-play item with premium deco, realistic detail, and series-inspired design is a great addition to any STAR WARS fan’s collection. Featuring a flip-down rangefinder with flashing LED lights and an illuminated heads-up display (HUD), fans can imagine what it was like for the famous bounty hunter to reclaim his iconic armor and suit up for galactic action alongside THE MANDALORIAN! Requires 1 1.5V AAA battery, not included. Includes helmet and instructions. Available for pre-order at Amazon, Entertainment Earth, and more.


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TV Review: The Mandalorian S2E8 “Chapter 16: The Rescue”

After last week’s trash talk ending, the long-awaited showdown between Mando and Moff Gideon has come in The Mandalorian Season 2 finale “Chapter 16: The Rescue“. Director Peyton Reed and writer Jon Favreau conclude Mando and Grogu’s quest and father/son arc nicely while setting up some tensions for upcoming seasons thanks to the return of the Mandalorians Bo-Katan (Katee Sackhoff) and Koska Reeves (Sasha Banks) and the general slipperiness of Moff Gideon. Honestly, Giancarlo Esposito’s performance is so damn entertaining as he projects menace and power while having multiple guns to his head and being in shackles. You can’t kill off a character like that yet, and The Mandalorian writers know that and show that he is even better as a master manipulator who knows everything about everyone than as a duelist.

“Chapter 16: The Rescue” opens with Slave I chasing an Imperial shuttle in flight. These ships both appeared in Return of the Jedi, and Reed and Favreau make multiple visual, verbal, and plot references to this film. This isn’t a bad thing though and comes across more as a leit-motif than fanservice with “side character” Mando (Even though Mandalorians have their own lore.) suddenly finding himself in the middle of an operatic adventure. The pursuit quickly ends in boarding with Cara Dune shooting an Imperial in the head when he taunts her about the destruction of Alderaan, and they find out the whereabouts of Grogu and Moff Gideon from Dr. Pershing, who has run experiments on the little guy to potentially clone him.

With the shuttle in hand, Boba Fett and Mando go to a bar on an refinery planet to recruit Bo-Katan and Koska to help them out. Like the previous episode in which “restore the glory of Mandalore” folks appeared, things are a bit tense between them with Bo-Katan not liking that a clone wears the armor of her people. However, they agree to join the team with the promise of getting Moff Gideon’s light cruiser after they rescue Grogu. Then, Bo-Katan goes into command mode (and Sackhoff channels a little bit of Starbuck from Battlestar Galactica) and sets up a plan where they will a fly the cruiser in the TIE fighter tube with Slave I giving chase. Then, the rest of the team will create a diversion and take the bridge of the ship while Mando stealthily recaptures Grogu. The one spanner in the works is the Dark Troopers, who kidnapped Grogu two episodes ago and are revealed by Dr. Pershing to be droids. Battle droids have definitely come a long way since the Trade Federation’s “Roger, roger” types in The Phantom Menace.

To start out, the plan goes off without a hitch, and Reed’s experience doing clever action sequences on the two Ant-Man really comes in handy as he homages the small ships take on the cruiser sequence in Return of the Jedi with Slave I taking out TIE fighters with the greatest of ease, and the best getaway driver/pilot Boba Fett taking his bow. Then, Fennec Shand, Cara, Bo-Katan, and Koska demonstrate their competence by running a gauntlet through the ship while Moff Gideon immediately calls on the Dark Troopers. Peyton Reed shoots a variety of action sequences from Ming-Na Wen demonstrating her chops and doing unarmed takedowns plus headshots as Fennec to Bo-Katan and Koska using their jetpacks to flank some hapless stormtroopers. While this is going on, Mando runs into the Dark Troopers’ cryo cells and gets physically knocked around by the one that escape his enclosure. However, his cleverness comes in handy, and he ends up besting the Dark Trooper by mixing a flamethrower with an oxygen tube and then a spear to the head while letting the rest

Mando makes it to the brig, and of course, runs into Moff Gideon holding the Darksaber over Grogu. They chat for a bit, and Gideon explains the Darksaber’s significance. (It’s basically the Excalibur of Mandalore.) Mando doesn’t care about the Darksaber and just wants Grogu so they decide to go their separate ways until, of course, Moff Gideon stabs in the back. What ensues is an epic Darksaber on Beskar spear duel with Pedro Pascal demonstrating the spear fighting moves he picked up while playing Oberyn Martell (RIP) in Game of Thrones. Because he’s a good guy, Mando disarms Gideon, puts him in chains, rescues Grogu, and hauls him up to the bridge where Moff Gideon is super-manipulative about the Darksaber. He basically says that Bo-Katan has to defeat Mando in combat to get the weapon and be a true candidate to the throne of Mandalore. While this is going on, the Dark Troopers come back from space, and Moff Gideon tries to escape and shoots at Bo-Katan, but is physically incapacitated by Cara Dune before he can put a bullet in his brain for the glory of the empire.

The Mandalorian Chapter 16: The Rescue

Even after this failure, Moff Gideon is still gloating about how he and Grogu will be the only ones to survive the Dark Trooper assault when a single X-Wing flies into the ship. Grogu’s little ears perk up, and he turns to the monster and watches a hooded figure with a lightsaber take out the Dark Troopers showing that his meditation on Tython paid off. Peyton Reed does an homage to the Darth Vader hallway scene in Rogue One by shooting a tight, close-up of the Jedi skillfully taking out the Dark Troopers. When the Jedi reaches the bridge, everyone except Mando is wary as he removes his hood and reveals himself to be none other, but Luke Skywalker (A CGI de-aged Mark Hamill). Luke, Grogu, and Mando have a chat with Grogu asking for Mando’s permission to go with him. In a touching moment, Mando removes his helmet and lets Grogu touch his face before he goes off to get training with Luke and R2-D2 in a reversal of his scenes with Yoda in Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. This is the end of the episode, but there’s a cool post-credits scene where Boba Fett and Fennec raid Jabba the Hutt’s palace with Fett shooting Bib Fortuna in the head and then sitting on Jabba’s throne setting up a new show in December 2021 called the Book of Boba Fett.

“Chapter 16: The Rescue” is a really exciting ensemble action episode with Jon Favreau giving each member of Mando’s “impressive fire team” a different motivation for being on the mission while still having them be utter badasses except when Cara’s big gun jams. They end up rescuing Grogu and taking over Moff Gideon’s light cruiser, but Favreau makes it clear that they’re not all BFFs as evidenced by their different responses to Luke coming in at the end. (The Jedi are the ancient enemies of the Mandalorians.) Also, Boba Fett gets treated really badly by Bo-Katan and Koska at the bar, who are still doing the sales pitch about re-taking Mandalore, and thankfully, their self-interest and Mando’s intersect for this episode. In the bridge scene, Katee Sackhoff plays off Giancarlo Esposito really well when he talks about her actually having to defeat Mando in combat, and her usually confident, quippy self is quiet for once. There are whole plotlines waiting to happen in that silence.

Even though Luke Freaking Skywalker shows up, and for the first time in live action Star Wars, we get to see him in his prime and not as a learner or old man, it’s Giancarlo Esposito’s performance as Moff Gideon that will stick with me the most. From the get-go, there is a calmness to his line delivery as he overrides his flailing subordinates and sends out TIE fighters to fight Slave I. There’s a glimpse where you can tell that he knows the ship is pulling its punches, and that the Imperial shuttle isn’t a friendly so he immediately gives the order for the Dark Troopers. Even imprisoned, Moff Gideon is a matter of sowing discord between allies as evidenced by his earlier remarks about the Darksaber. Also, Esposito does a good job of making everything seem like it’s all part of the plan with Grogo being of no use to him because Gideon and his scientists already extracted a blood sample. He is best for now, but Jon Favreau and Peyton Reed understand they have an interesting villain on their hands: part fascist fanatic (“glory of the empire”/the almost suicide) and part cool chess player so they keep him alive for now.

I guess that it’s time to talk about the Luke Skywalker reveal. It definitely seems like a Deus Ex Machina because the episode has shown that without his Beskar that Mando would have been killed by one Dark Trooper (Who get a catchy dubstep theme from Ludwig Goransson), and he and his team would have been annihilated by a platoon. However, the scene is payoff for Grogu’s actions on Tython as well as his and Mando’s interactions with Ahsoka Tano with there needing to be some kind of Jedi or Jedi-adjacent character showing up for Grogu to choose to either train with the Force or just hang out with Mando some more. Plus there’s this season’s overarching plot of Mando returning Grogo to his people (While also kind of having a reunion with his too via Boba Fett, Koska, and Bo-Katan.) so there needed to be a reveal like this to have a satisfying end to his journey.

However, I have a slight criticism of Luke’s appearance in “Chapter 16: The Rescue” other than the wonkiness of the de-aging CGI. (It’s less creepy that bringing back the deceased Peter Cushing for Rogue One.) One of the great parts of The Mandalorian, especially in Season One, was that it was finally a Star Wars story not about the Skywalker line with Mando and Grogu going on Lone Wolf and Cub-style adventures around the galaxy and commenting on the post-Second Death Star destruction turmoil. However, Jon Favreau couldn’t help himself and connected Mando to this larger story and legacy, which is honestly par for the course with familiar Clone Wars and Original Trilogy characters like Bo-Katan, Ahsoka Tano, and Boba Fett popping up this season.

The Mandalorian Chapter 16: The Rescue

It definitely makes some of the fans happy, and it’s interesting to see the different flavors of Mandalorian when Mando, Fett, Bo-Katan, and Koska interact, but it also shows that Star Wars still isn’t 100% interested in getting out of this Skywalker shadow as shown by J.J. Abrams undoing all of Rian Johnson’s work to break the cycle of Hero’s Journey and just retell old stories in Rise of Skywalker. Thankfully, Favreau and his writing room are better storytellers than Abrams and set up the Luke reveal via Grogu’s actions and interactions in previous episodes instead of announcing Palpatine’s return via Fortnite. There is also a real sweetness to Grogu and Luke’s interactions with Peyton Reed shooting from Gogu’s POV as he meets and hits it off with R2-D2 as the astromech droid helps calm him and begin to heal his Purge-induced trauma. Of course, they have to be friends.

Speaking of friendship, Jon Favreau and Peyton Reed do make the cathartic move of having the last moments of the season finale be interactions between Mando and Grogu. There’s a minimal dialogue (“I’ll see you again” is nice.), and Reed squarely places the camera on Pedro Pascal’s helmetless face as he lets Grogu be one of the first people in years to touch his face because they’re really just a couple of foundlings out in a great, big galaxy. There’s a real sadness/your kid going off to college or some educational institution vibe to this scene, and it also shows that Mando has grown with a character as he has forsaken the apparently fanatical (According to Bo-Katan earlier this season.) ways of his Mandalorian offshoot to have a real connection with Grogu. He takes the helmet of his own free will instead of doing it for pragmatic reasons like in the previous episode, and it demonstrates real growth. I’m definitely going to miss Mando and Grogu’s interactions and hope they truly do get to meet again down the road.

“Chapter 16: The Rescue” has multiple fun setpieces from Mandalorian jetpack on stormtrooper action to Mando dueling both Moff Gideon and a Dark Trooper and finally, Luke Skywalker mowing down battle droids like his father before him in a similarly shot manner. However, its use of the Skywalker saga as a safety valve aside, it features an eye-catching and unsettling performance by Giancarlo Esposito as Moff Gideon, nails those emotional beats between Mando and Grogu even if they don’t share a lot of screen time, and wraps up his quest storyline in a satisfying way. Finally, it also sets up future tension between Mando and the other Mandalorians, and the episode’s stinger shows a tantalizing glimpse at Boba Fett and Fennec Shand starring in their own show.

Overall Verdict: 8.8

Those Two Geeks Episode Ninety Five: Fish Poop and Movies and Stuff

Alex and Joe talk about a few things, namely the upcoming slate of live-action movies from Marvel and DC, The Mandalorian (briefly), and preview an upcoming episode.

As always, Alex and Joe can be found on twitter respectively @karcossa and @jcb_smark if you feel the need to tell them they’re wrong individually, or @those2geeks if you want to yell at them together on twitter, or by email at ItsThose2Geeks@gmail.com.

Hot Toys Reveals their 1:6 Scale Moff Gideon figure from The Mandalorian

You have something I want. You may think you have some idea of what you are in possession of, but you do not. In a few moments, it will be mine.” – Moff Gideon

Season two of The Mandalorian is heating up, and as fans eagerly await each new episode, Hot Toys have unveiled their first look at a 1:6 scale Moff Gideon figure inspired by the formidable Imperial Officer from the hit series.

Meticulously crafted and expertly designed to match Giancarlo Esposito’s appearance as Moff Gideon, this figure is a fine addition to any Star Wars collection.

The Moff Gideon 1:6 scale collectible figure is masterfully crafted to emulate Giancarlo Esposito as the sinister character in the acclaimed series.

Each Moff Gideon 1:6 scale collectible figure features:

  • A newly developed specially hand-painted head sculpt with highly-accurate facial expression, mustache. and detailed skin texture
  • A newly-developed 1:6 scale body with over 30 points of articulation
  • Multiple interchangeable gloved hands for a wide range of posing and display options
  • Moff Gideon’s imperial officer outfit combining tailored fabric and armor elements
  • A fabric cape
  • One Darksaber hilt with blade
  • One Darksaber blade in motion (attachable to the hilt)
  • One blaster pistol
  • A specially designed dynamic figure stand with Star Wars logo and character nameplate

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Hasbro Reveals New Star Wars: The Black Series and Bounty Collection

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES ARCHIVE 6-INCH TUSKEN RAIDER Figure

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2021)

Epic figures from the STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES ARCHIVE return with the STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES ARCHIVE 6-INCH TUSKEN RAIDER Figure, inspired by the original trilogy and featuring premium deco and design. STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this highly poseable, fully articulated figure, featuring premium deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and 4 accessories. Available for pre-order at Entertainment Earth, Amazon, and more.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES ARCHIVE 6-INCH SHORETROOPER Figure

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2021)

Epic figures from the STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES ARCHIVE return with the STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES ARCHIVE 6-INCH SHORETROOPER Figure, inspired by ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY and featuring premium deco and design. STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this highly poseable, fully articulated figure, featuring premium deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and accessory. Available for pre-order at Amazon, Entertainment Earth, and more.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES ARCHIVE 6-INCH IMPERIAL HOVERTANK DRIVER Figure

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2021)

Epic figures from the STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES ARCHIVE return with the STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES ARCHIVE 6-INCH IMPERIAL HOVERTANK DRIVER Figure, inspired by ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY and featuring premium deco and design. STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this highly poseable, fully articulated figure, featuring premium deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and accessory. Available for pre-order at Amazon, Entertainment Earth, and more.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES ARCHIVE 6-INCH IMPERIAL DEATH TROOPER Figure

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2021)

Epic figures from the STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES ARCHIVE return with the STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES ARCHIVE 6-INCH IMPERIAL DEATH TROOPER Figure, inspired by ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY and featuring premium deco and design. STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this highly poseable, fully articulated figure, featuring premium deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and 2 accessories. Available for pre-order at Amazon, Entertainment Earth, and more.

STAR WARS THE BOUNTY COLLECTION THE CHILD HIDEAWAY HOVER-PRAM PLUSH

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2021)

Boys and girls can add THE CHILD (GROGU), a mysterious alien pursued by bounty hunters on behalf of Imperial interests (and affectionately referred to as “BABY YODA” by fans), to their STAR WARS collections. Kids can have 3 times the galactic fun with STAR WARS THE BOUNTY COLLECTION THE CHILD HIDEAWAY HOVER-PRAM PLUSH, converting between hover-pram, THE CHILD in hover-pram, and THE CHILD modes. This plush figure is inspired by the pop culture phenomenon seen on the Disney+ live-action series THE MANDALORIAN. The soft plush design of the STAR WARS THE BOUNTY COLLECTION THE CHILD HIDEAWAY HOVER-PRAM PLUSH allows kids to cuddle up close with the adorable character from the STAR WARS galaxy. Available for pre-order at Amazon, Entertainment Earth, and Big Bad Toy Store.

STAR WARS THE BOUNTY COLLECTION SERIES 3 Figure 2-Packs

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $15.99/Available: Spring 2021)

Kids and collectors can add THE CHILD (GROGU), affectionately referred to by fans as “BABY YODA,” to their STAR WARS collection with the STAR WARS THE BOUNTY COLLECTION SERIES 3 Figure 2-Packs. These collectible figure 2-packs are styled to be as cute as they can be, like the pop culture sensation from the live-action Disney+ series THE MANDALORIAN. Kids and fans can collect 3 separate figure 2-packs featuring fun poses such as helmet peeking, datapad tablet, blue milk mustache, curious child, meditation, and tentacle soup surprise. Start a collection, swap with friends, give as gifts, or add to any existing STAR WARS collection with the STAR WARS THE BOUNTY COLLECTION SERIES 3 Figure 2-Packs. Each sold separately. Includes 2 figures per pack. Available for pre-order at Amazon, Target, Entertainment Earth here, here, and here, and Big Bad Toy Store.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH BO-KATAN KRYZE Figure

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2021)

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this premium STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH BO-KATAN KRYZE Figure, inspired by THE MANDALORIAN live-action TV series on Disney Plus. STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this 6-inch scale highly poseable, fully articulated figure, featuring premium deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and 3 accessories. Available for pre-order at Amazon, Entertainment Earth, and more.


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