Oh the hype is real, oh yes it is! Today we look at one of the more anticipated figures, Captain Phasma from wave 2 of the Starwars Black series for the new movie. I had a DEVIL of a time tracking her down! Now though she is in hand and we can look together at the enigmatic captain of the First Order! This character has captivated fans with less than 5 seconds of shown footage (mostly of her walking in the most menacing way) and now we get a full look at her!
Let us gaze at this wonder, this glorious silver knight…This is Captain Phasma. This figure, much like Kylo, just radiates respect, and screams “Do NOT #&%$ with me!” The painting and detailing are very nice for a US made figure. The cape, it is soft plastic, with all kinds of folds and creases molded into it. I’ll admit, was kind of hoping for some cloth, but it wouldn’t have the same set flair. One thing though is the cape has some weight so it can make her off balance, plus does hinder the articuation. Finally she is armed with the same blaster the Snow Troopers get, which has a longer stock than the regular troopers, but this one is painted gold.
You really have to hand it to Hasbro for this line. With the exception of their fear of double jointed elbows, I have few things to nitpick…but seriously…these figures NEED THEM damn it! *ahem* anyway…they hit the asymmetry that you all know I love from the costumes, and man that helmet…that glowering helmet…it has more lines in the head and doesn’t have that odd bump on the lower bit. It is on a ball joint, and can’t look up, but that is ok. Phasma only looks down on others.
Now the cape CAN come off! This of course allows us to see the love they gave the armor. This is a much heavier duty Stormtrooper armor set. It has a bit more bulk, less sleek than the other troopers. Like the Stormtrooper, it does have the slit to peg the rifle into so she can be hands free.
Again from all angles looks fantastic, it even has that tube thing the other stormtroopers have.
With out the cape, the articulation does shine, as does the balance. This shows off all her articulation points. She has double knees, ankle tilts, no waist joint, but a diaphragm joint instead. Arms alas have the mentioned/ranted about single joints, and the wrists have hinges. For a red hot minute I actually considered leaving the cape off just so I could take full advantage of all of this.
Then she looked at me and I totally knew better…honestly, I thought Kylo was an imposing figure, but she just radiates authority…oh well, I don’t need her for knee bends, she doesn’t strike me as the type to kneel.
Now you may have been wondering why I kept marveling on how the armor was similar to the storm troopers, because she is not just a recolor/remold. Phasma is a new figure all together, towering over her troops. She does not fear standing out, she embraces it!
If you are collecting the Black Series you need Captain Phasma. Flat out, you need her. Also get a few troopers as well (I’ve got two so far myself…) if you can. The problem is FINDING her! Scalpers have had her from $40 to $75 on Amazon, so just keep your eyes open when out hunting. There is also a Figuarts coming out that I want oh so so bad…but we shall see…But in the end, I have to give Phasma a solid A+. Great job Hasbro, when you win with Starwars, you win proper!