Doctor Aphra has been one of the fun recent additions to the Star Wars canon. I love the idea of Darth Vader recruiting an evil Indiana Jones to help track Luke Skywalker.
I had largely given up on collecting Hasbro’s Star Wars The Black Series line, but my interest got piqued again when I saw they were knocking out the Rebels characters and made an Aphra and her droid sidekicks. Annoyingly, I was too slow to get her droid sidekicks 0-0-0 and BT-1, but I did stumble upon Aphra long after her prices started skyrocketing. Let’s see if this figure was a good find.
Packaging: Doctor Aphra is a newer character, but she just missed out on the newer packaging so she’s got the classic black with red accents.
The bio is solid and quickly sums up her character.
Likeness: The trick here with Aphra, like the Rebels characters, is to turn a figure that’s never appeared in a live action Star Wars setting into a realistic approximation that wouldn’t look out of place with the figures based on actors.
As one of the more prominent Asian characters in the Star Wars universe, it’s nice to see her done so well with an expression that captures her morally challenged demeanor. I love the little smirk she has, which teases her considering her latest scheme.
Aprha’s outfit is solid as well. The shirt has great details and folds. She’s sporting the smuggler/scoundrel holster setup with the slight lean toward her left hip. Her pants have the right amount of folds and wrinkles to kinda convey galactic jeans.
Paint: Aphra has a great color scheme, which is suitable for an explorer. Her vest and shirt get a wash and while the pants look like they could use one as well, they’re solid.
Aphra’s boots have a flat black instead of a glossy coat in another smart choice. Her arm tattoo is very well applied and holds up perfectly even when you move her elbow in.
Scale: Aphra is scaled properly — for a comic figure in a line mixed with real people — as she’s shorter than Han Solo, but taller than Luke Skywalker.
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Articulation: Doctor Aphra features some of the better articulation in the line. I guess the figures in the late 80s numbering in SWB started getting the articulation enhancements as she can pull off a lot of fun poses that work in playing off her personality.
I wish the elbows had a smidge more range, but otherwise the figure has all the essential articulation.
Doctor Aphra has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knees (double jointed)
Accessories: Doctor Aphra has two accessories if you count her helmet. Since it’s removable that’s perfectly legit even if I consider it part of her outfit. The helmet is scaled perfectly as it’s a tad oversized just how Aphra’s looks in the comics.
The goggles are prominent and the flaps hang down without getting in the way. I love the leathered paintjob here as the wash gives it a well-worn appearance.
She also comes with a blaster. This also looks very nice with the silver tip standing out from the grey base.
Hasbro sculptors do an amazing job with the various pistols and blasters from the Star Wars universe and this is another winner.
Maybe another random artifact would have made for a cool bonus accessory, but we got the essential elements.
Worth it? Older Star Wars Black Series figures felt worth about $10 to $15 based on the limited articulation. The newer ones with the articulation improvements and face printing definitely feel worthy of the $20 price tag even with minimal accessories.
Rating: 10 out of 10
Doctor Aphra was worth tracking down and one of the figures that turned the tide for me in returning to Hasbro after venturing into Star Wars import territory.
Where to get it? Hopefully Hasbro will consider re-releasing Aphra along with her droid “pals” again as they’re all very expensive now going for just about four times their original retail price on Amazon.