As we kick off Mando with season 3 today, I figured it was as good a time as any to post our in-hand gallery and review for something Star Wars related so might as well be my first Hot Toys purchase! Star Wars The Mandalorian Boba Fett (Repaint Armor) with Throne. I got the bug last year, and like many of us 1/18 & 1/12 collectors, we’ve been scoping out Hot Toys from a distance for a while. Price, scale, collection focus – all are valid reasons why not to jump in. I cracked. The end of Mando season 2 with Boba on Jabba’s throne had me jump up out of my seat when I saw it, and Hot Toys version just looked bad ass. So here we are.
I generally don’t do deep dive reviews for anything, I like to take still pictures. I only write words because I have to. :). In addition, I’ve never handled anything from Hot Toys, and very few 1/6th figures in general, ever. So comparing this in quality or VS. another can’t really happen. I’ll try to spout off some general vibes based on how I felt running through the photo shoot though.
Before we dig in – if you like what you see and want to grab one for yourself he’s still in stock over at Sideshow (#ad):
Off the bat – impressed! Coming from Black Series, this may be the next major scale up, but it’s a big one. Detail, paint, “realism” are off the chart when compared. Not really fair, I know, but I stopped collecting everything that comes out for Star Wars and was just getting besties for each era. And since I’m doing that reduced focus already, I wanted something more. I thought Hot Toys would scratch that itch, and it did. When Boba is chilling on shelf and I catch a glance, I go “ooh yeah, that’s the stuff”. It just feels good. In hand, on shelf, in photos – pretty much every way of interacting with it. So short version, I wasn’t disappointed with the purchase.
I’ve had scary breakages with other 1/6 pieces before, but none here. Nothing broke during a pretty rugged photo shoot. Lots of posing, tipping over, etc and nothing snapped. So kudos on that. Articulation range was solid, most poses achievable and was able to stand on his own in most dynamic cases. They are relatively light for their size so he can tip easily. The soft goods worked well, but needed some attention. Very creased and crumpled out of the package. I sprayed it down with a water spritzer until soaked, then pulled and smoothed out the creases while wet. Did that two or three rounds. Once air dried, it stayed like that. Good alternative to an iron or steam.
The accessories are well done, what’s expected and then delivered. Pistol, rifle, grappling hook, flame effects, jetpack, pack missile, extra hands. All have the same amount of paint attention as the core unit. Backpack attaches via magnet, well, and is awesome. It can pop off with a jolt, but it stays on in a stable environment. The pistol holster also has a magnet latch for the strap, which just works. These two things – plugs in back and straps on holsters are some of the most annoying things at 1/12 scale, and were done perfectly here. This is the deluxe edition, so it came with two holo displays of the ships – Slave 1 and Razor Crest. They slide into a port on his gauntlet and are cool additions.
The helmeted version has a skeleton-like articulated post under it to allow for movement. Helmet is not designed to go over the full head likeness. As for that likeness – it’s good, but like most – not 100% there. Seems a tad big in the skull. Certain angles work perfect, others it seems off. Still better than what’s offered at lower scales, being picky here. And to tell the truth, it will be in the box forever, because it’s all about the helmets for me. Paint was well done, it’s capturing Boba pre-Bacta tank, so he still has scarring all over. Paint is well done to differentiate those scars. Skin texture and glossy eyes are great, something you can’t get at the smaller scales.
One little nitpick – The armor here is repainted, but using the pre-paint chipping as seen in S2E6. I am pretty sure that once he was repainted, it was smooth, like he buffed it out before hand. It looks good and captures the “we painted over chipped paint with new paint” look, but I’m not sure it appeared like that in show. Not a huge deal, but a thing to note.
The Throne – all about that shot. It delivers. Sculpted well, painted well. Not sure if was me but you really have to pose exactly right to get the feet planted. One or both naturally want to stay hovering. Might be a partial inch too tall for natural sitting with the way the figure poses.
Bottom line – the figure is a high end piece and feels like it. Other than the dent to my wallet, I feel good about grabbing it and enjoy the upscale look on shelf. Was also a blast photographing it! Check out our in-hand pics below! Might be a little hint at whether or not I’m gonna keep on with this Hot Toys thing in there too…
Don’t forget to snag your copy over at Sideshow before he sells out! (#ad): Boba Fett (Repaint Armor – Special Edition) and Throne Star Wars Sixth Scale Figure Set