The Mandalorian felt like vintage Star Wars filled with memorable characters and moments that’s already made it one of my favorite SW properties. A big part of that was Cara Dune. Gina Carano was perfectly cast as the former shock troop who joins forces with Dyn Jarren to help keep The Child safe. I can easily see buying a Hot Toys version, but I had to get the Star Wars Black Series figure when I saw her on the shelf.
Packaging: Cara is the No. 101 figure in the line, which is a nice start for the next 100 figures. There’s no change from the first wave with the black color scheme with red accents. I still think The Black Series isn’t very glance at a distance friendly as you really have to dig into the pegs to won’t win many awards for its packaging.
The red stripe on the right side with the number (100 in Luke’s case — congrats on the milestone Skywalker. Way better than some random character in Attack of the Clones that had 30 seconds of screen time) can be hard to see depending on the height of the pegs if you’re not familiar with the corresponding number for the figure.
Peg searching is easier with a portrait on the side, but Hasbro keeps it limited to the front and back. Still, I like the portrait as it definitely captures the look of a young Luke Skywalker fresh off of destroying the Death Star. The bio actually has some thought to it with a nice write-up of the significance of this attire.
Likeness: Wow. Cara is a great example of the improvements of the SWB line. The Carano likeness is amazing at this scale right down to her Rebel Alliance tattoo on her left cheek. The armor is also very impressive with sculpted paneling, texture on the chest piece and folds for the cloth portion of the gauntlet.
The double belts also flow nicely on the hips. A key element of this figure is that Hasbro didn’t try to make her a waif and actually gave Cara an appropriate thicker body type. This extends to the thicker legs with wrinkles on the pants and the thigh and kneepads.
Paint: Cara has a dark blue, light blue, grey and black color scheme but the way the colors are incorporated, it’s far more complex than some figures.
Hasbro did a great job as nothing is out and the armor actually has some chipped paint to show she’s not wearing pristine new protection.
Scale: There was no official scale for Cara, but she seemed to be the same size as Dyn and Greef Carga. I’m waiting on the second version Dyn, but I’m gonna need my Greef figure ASAP Hasbro.
Articulation: Cara is more of a tank in terms of her fighting style, but she is also a formidable melee fighter. HOW IS THE ARTICULATION???
Cara Dune has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knees (double jointed)
Accessories: Cara comes with a small blaster. Despite the small scale, it’s very well done that fits in her holster.
Her small knife has some impressive detailing on the hilt. It also fits in the sheath on her boot.
Cara’s big accessory is her massive plasma rifle. It’s the kind of weapon you don’t see a lot of characters save Chewbacca toting. It’s got a great double barrel deal and I love the silver-ish tips as if the barrels have started to wear down from all the gunfire.
There’s more weathering along the back with some rusted brown-like paint apps. And it also has a strap so she can “wear” it if you’d prefer to deck her out with her other accessories.
I didn’t know Hasbro was putting in such great work on the weapons for this line.
Worth it? I didn’t flinch at paying the standard $20 for Cara. She’s going for nearly double that now, which is probably where she’ll stay maxed out with the potential for a return to retail prices at some point.
Rating: 10 out of 10
As one of my favorite characters in any medium in the last five years she was a no-brainer and Hasbro delivered a quality figure.
Where to get it? Target, Wal-Mart and GameStop have the line in stock, but Cara is one of the harder ones to actually find in stores thanks to her popularity. Entertainment Earth has her up for $20.99 pre-order with a May release or you can always try Amazon.