If we’re going to have a proper 4” Appreciation Week, then it simply can’t be done without bringing some Star Wars into the mix. Even though Star Wars has recently forayed into 6” territory, it has been the 4” power house for nearly twenty years. That’s crazy long for a toy line, even if those 1995 figures aren’t terribly compatible with the figures Hasbro is still cranking out today.
While the modern figures are vastly superior to those slightly pre-posed, over-muscled 1995 figures I was buying with my own cash back in high school, I have to ashamedly point out that I bought a crapload of those and don’t buy as many these days. It’s mostly a money & attention thing. Star Wars was some of the only stuff I even kinda wanted to buy back then (DC toys didn’t really exist in the 90s, I didn’t buy Marvel, Playmates Star Trek line had died quickly… it was a dark time). Nowadays, competition for my dollar is much fiercer and Star Wars had ended up on my back burner. Even the 6” line interest has cooled, while certain characters are musts, I’m not chomping at the bit to snag Series 3 right now. (I think they’re out at stores, right?)
Anyway, even though I don’t review a ton of 4” Star Wars here, I do still snag the figures now and again when they catch my fancy. I have a lot of TVC Ewoks, even trekking to other cities for the Kmart 2pk. Willrow Hood was a must have, of course. Darth Malgus. Unique aliens with classic looks. Astromechs. Heck, maybe I do buy more than I think… Recently though, I’ve only picked up one Star Wars Black 4” figure*: Mace Windu.
* – Whenever Hasbro gets around to rebranding things again, can we get separate names for the 6” line and the 4” line? It’s confusing to have to refer to them with the same title. I like the idea behind the “black” label, I just don’t know that Hasbro should be double-dipping with it.
Now, my reasons for buying this figure are rather ludicrous. This figure is from Clone Wars and already gets cool points for being a Jedi with a bit of Clonetrooper armor. I like that look even if it’s minimalist like on Mace here. But that wasn’t it. Clone Wars obviously took the real Sam Jackson and animated him. This figure then, is the animated version made realistic. And while you’d think that would mean the figure should just get a realistic Sam Jackson head sculpt slapped on it, you’d be wrong. It’s the crazy amalgamation. It does have a pretty great resemblance in some ways (As it should), but then cartoon elements also creep in like the slightly more bulbous head. It’s probably just one more example of me fawning over something silly, but excitement trumps pessimism every time, so let’s roll with it.
Still want me to dial it back some? Okay, well, there is kinda one big problem. The skintone is all wrong. It’s not accurate to the real Sam Jackson. It’s not accurate to the animated Mace Windu. It’s definitely too light, but also maybe a little too yellow – I’m not sure. It was actually difficult to photograph and sharp readers have already no doubt noticed that it’s not the same from photo to photo. The sculpt itself is trying hard to make up for it, but I can’t help thinking how much more perfect the figure would be if they’d done a better job on the skin tone. Oh, and let me add the eye color to that too. He’s kinda possessed. Continue to Page 2…