How about The Last Jedi, huh? It’s really bringing the fan community together! That was sarcasm. I’m honestly surprised at how polarizing it’s been, because personally, after two viewings I’m still pretty mixed on it. There were parts I loved, parts I hated. I didn’t like it nearly as much as The Force Awakens or Rogue One. Overall I didn’t find it to be all that enjoyable, and it was a really weird movie Still, it’s not worth losing my shit over by attacking other fans who didn’t love it and/or hate it enough. Apparently I’m in the minority on that one. What’s all this got to do with Maz Kanata? Well, she had a cameo in the new movie, and oddly enough Hasbro chose now to give her a figure, rather then back when she had a slightly bigger role in The Force Awakens. Let’s take a look…
There isn’t a lot to say about the packaging, as it hasn’t changed much this past year or so. Black box, monochrome art, red backing behind the tray. Maz is figure #49 and the copy on the back clearly places this figure from the period after her castle was destroyed in The Force Awakens. Strange, since she comes with the accessories seen in that movie instead of maybe the jetpack she wore in The Last Jedi. As much as I liked Maz in TFA, her cameo in The Last Jedi just didn’t work for me. I’d argue that it might have been worthwhile to keep her in the audiences’ minds for an appearance in the next movie, but I highly doubt the continuity in this trilogy is being planned that carefully.
But all context aside, this is a fantastic little sculpt! Her little vest and belt are sculpted from separate pieces and there’s some wonderful texturing on her shirt, as well as detail on her bracelets and boots. The excellent sculpt is backed up by some very nice coloring, including brown trousers, and a teal shirt. The gold and silver bracelets and some rather colorful paint applications on her boots make the figure’s deco quite striking. I just love everything they did here.
The head sculpt here is equally impressive, and continues to reinforce the fact that SWB’s sculpts and paint tends to excel with the aliens as much as it often fails with the human characters. They’ve managed to capture personality, as well as all little wrinkles, in her face and her skin has an almost metallic coppery sheen to it. It even looks like they added some gloss to her bottom lip. The paint on my figure’s eyes could have been a little more even, but I’ve definitely seen worse.
The hat and googles are also pretty damn neat. The goggles are pegged into the sides of her head, so you can actually slide them down over her eyes and they look great in either position. It’s a simple little gimmick, but I’m really happy Hasbro made the effort to do it.
While Maz may be small, she doesn’t lack in articulation. She has rotating hinges in the shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, and ankles, as well as ball joints in the hips and neck, and swivels at the thighs and the waist. There’s not much missing here then you’d find in a regular sized figure, except maybe a torso ball joint.
Maz comes with a few pretty cool accessories, the most notable being the old trunk that she kept Luke’s lightsaber in, and yes, she also comes with the lightsaber to put in it. I really dig the sculpting on this chest. The wood looks ancient and warped, the fixtures holding it together have a hammered metal finish and feature sculpted rivets. The only downside here is that the hinges are not really hinges, but just soft, bendy pieces of plastic, so I imagine that opening and closing it a lot will eventually cause them to stress and break. It’s just an all around great looking piece, but I’ll confess that it’s probably going to end up getting re-purposed to either my Mythic Legions or LJN Advanced Dungeons & Dragons collections. You can never have enough treasure chests in your fantasy action figure lines! The lightsaber hilt is the same old thing we’ve seen countless times in the 6-inch Black Series.
Maz also comes with an old DH-17 Blaster pistol, which feels more like a rifle when wielded by someone with her tiny stature. We’ve obviously seen this accessory before, but I have a soft spot for this design, so I’m always happy to get another.
I think Hasbro did a beautiful job on this little lady, but is she worth $20? Well, in fairness I got her on sale for $11, so I’m pretty happy. But I do think the value here feels a little better than that of the other small 6-inch Black Series figures like Yoda or the Jawa. Part of that comes from the sizable trunk accessory, but a lot of it also comes from the excellent articulation, as well as the top notch sculpt and paintwork. It would have been cool to get this figure back when The Force Awakens was out, but better late than never, I suppose! It’s just a shame that Hasbro never gave us more figures of some of the characters hanging out in Maz’s castle. Maybe later on down the road, they’ll fill in some of those spots.
I’m going to open mine, now!
Too bad about the Fanboys who Ruined Christmas. I had to take a social media break.
Yeah, it’s hard to believe so many “adults” can get that worked up over a movie. Especially one that had a lot of good things going for it, IMO. I didn’t even get that mad about Phantom Menace, and oh, boy do I hate that movie!
I don’t know if you’ve been watching Star Trek: Discovery. I think it’s a good show. But boy the fans sure are ruining it for everyone.
See, that’s my point. I dropped it about halfway through. Hate it. But I’m trying my best not to shit on everyone who is enjoying it.
Thank you! That’s it exactly. I have a lot of issues with Discovery, but right now it’s the only show I’m looking forward to every week.
GODDAMN YOU, YOU’RE PART OF THE PROBLEM!!!!!
No, I’m j/k. I’m glad to see people are enjoying it. It’s not really my Star Trek, but I don’t think my kind of Star Trek is really marketable anymore.
I wonder. I’ve been watching old Enterprise episodes here and there. One or two made me say, “This is better than anything on TV right now.”
Yeah, Enterprise was also pretty divisive among Trek Fans. Personally I love it, which I hope means that I’m open to new things and not a complete slave to canon.
Gah! I loved Maz’s cameo! I thought it was cool that an old crone with a mandarin orange for a head was still kickin’ butt! And taking calls while doing it. Just another aspect of that movie that was really weird (but not as weird as the 4-breasted milk beast! When are we gettin’ that figure?).
Cool figure – great review! I love the SW reviews; very enjoyable reads, FF.
There was a 3 3/4″ Maz figure, btw. She came in a box with Rey, BB-8 and Finn, the “Takodana Encounter Set.” Can’t tell if the goggles are articulated or not (haven’t sprung for the set yet, myself) but it looks like pretty much the same figure as the larger scaled one you review here, just smaller.
Ooooh yeah, I remember seeing that one a little while back. It’s one of the 5-POA figures and I think it came with a little chest too. I would have picked it up, but I already had the rest of the figures in the set.
Miss Canada – Lol! That demands some Photoshop work.
I remember that boxed set. I was broke when I saw it or I would have grabbed it. I still need to pick up the set with Jyn, Casian, Saw Gerrera, & his henchman (who I’m sure has a cool name). Love those 4-packs!
Edrio Two Tubes!!!! Yeah, that’s a great set. The Saw figure is especially well done.
This figure just reminds of what a great mystery was built up around the saber that was just used for a sight gag in TLJ. Ugh… Guess it was nothing! Nevermind!
Yeah, lots of story backpeddling! Such a shame.