Collecting the Star Wars Black line made me very picky. I would love to buy them all, because, you know, it’s Star Wars. But Hasbro puts out some really crappy figures in this line. So even the most hardcore Star Wars fan has to be honest with himself and accept the fact that not all these figures are worth your money. Chewbacca, on the other hand, definitely is.
Chewbacca comes in a reusable packaging and I’m starting to have a real love/hate relationship with these collector friendly boxes. They are great for storage, or for selling the figure down the line if you choose to. The down side however, is that I now have a closet full of empty boxes and I can’t bring myself to throw them out just yet.
The figure is clearly displayed in the big window box, I really appreciate it when figures are well “illuminated”, so you can actually see what you are buying.
The back of the box features a short read up on the character and a crappy, stylized image of Chewbacca and Han Solo.
Something that is notable right of the bat is the facial expression. I’m not super fond of the open mouth look. It’s not a bad expression, but it somewhat limits the display options. A closed mouth would have looked better with more “relaxed” posses, but also could have been boring to some extent. So it’s a fine line, the only way to fix this would have been by adding a second alternate head. Another point of critique is that the teeth could have been painted better, it’s not terrible, but it is something that could have been improved upon.
The sculpt on Chewbacca is well detailed and the fur look realistic (as far as a 1/12 scale plastic action figure goes haha). The fur is molded in a brown plastic and features a darker brown paint. It looks nice, but it would have been even better if Hasbro gave Chewbacca a dark wash and some light colored dry brushing to bring out all the details.
It’s a well known fact that Hasbro is pretty skimpy with the paint on their figures and this case is no different. Chewbacca could use a lot more paint on his feet, hands and mouth. The only thing that is somewhat painted to my liking is Chewbacca his man-purse.
As to be expected with a figure covered in plastic fur; the articulation is fairly limited. With the design of such a figure you can go two routes; give it a nice sculpt with limited articulation or break up the sculpt for better range of motion. In this case I’m happy with how it turned out. The articulation is still serviceable and I want my Chewbacca to look like Chewbacca. Instead of having a choppy sculpt, just so that he could do a spinning bird kick. Hasbro also tried solving this problem by molding some of the fur in softer plastic near the joints. It helps, albeit not a lot.
The only thing that I’m really disappointed about is the head articulation. There is barely any movement there. It would have been cool if Chewbacca was able to look down, all menacing, on smaller characters. He is, however, able to hold his gun with two hands, so that’s good. I do have to point out that I wasn’t able to get the gun in his hands without heating them up first.
Chewbacca has ankle pivot, so you can still get him in somewhat dynamic poses.
Chewbacca comes with two accessories, being his gun and his man-purse.
The man-purse is sculpted and painted really well. It has a nice dark wash to bring out the detail and the silver ammo packs (are they ammo packs?) are painted absolutely spotless. For some reason Hasbro really went all out on the purse, even the little buckles are painted silver. Sweet!
Chewbacca his gun comes in two pieces when you take it out of the packaging, so you will have to assemble the front piece. For a Star Wars Black Series accessory, the gun has an exceptionally intricate sculpt. Lots of detail on the scopes and the body. The paint, however, does leave much to be desired; there is only some random silver dry brushing slapped on.
I can’t really think of any other accessory that I would have liked to be included with Chewbacca, except for the aforementioned alternate head with a different expression. So I’m pretty happy with what we’ve got.
In closing; after rereading this review I feel that it comes off fairly negative. This is completely not my intention, since I do love this figure and absolutely recommend it to every Star Wars fan. A 1/12 scale Chewbacca has been on my wish list for a long time now (any Star Wars character for that matter) and I would have loved it for him to be perfect. He is, however, not perfect, but still a very very cool action figure. Looking at him on my shelve, he does look like a quality piece.
The only downside is that the Star Wars Black Series figures are north of €25,- here in Europe. Collecting these figures kind of hurts, because you can get a much more detailed and better painted NECA figure for less that €20,-. But still, Chewbacca is awesome, you should definitely get him.