I’m wrapping Mando week with the last core member of Season 1 with Greef Karga. Granted, I was sold on Apollo Creed co-starring on this show, but Greef was a fun character that was allowed to evolve authentically instead of a random plot twist.
I loved that he was Mando’s main contact with the Bounty Hunter’s Guild and had some measure of authority. Let’s see if I need to start calling in some markers with this Star Wras The Black Series version of Greef Karga.
Packaging: You know the deal by now.
This is my favorite packaging of the year thanks to the amazing side artwork, easy to distinguish accent colors and detailed yet vague enough bio.
Likeness: I definitely prefer the slightly younger mustached version of Greef over the greyed goatee version from Season 2.
Greef’s attire just screams Star Wars scoundrel. I like the cape cloak draped over just one shoulder with the strap connecting it. Greef also has a unique jumpsuit style outer garment that’s lavishly textured with some cross stitching and lining. His belt also features some nice detailing along with the connection to the holster on the left side as opposed to the more traditional right side.
The likeness to Carl Weathers is very nicely done. Maybe the mustache could be just a tad thicker, but from the hairline to the stern yet inviting expression, this is solid work on a likeness.
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Paint: Unlike Mattel with the skin tone challenges for black characters, Hasbro got Greef’s skin tone just right. That’s important with the mix of brown in his costume.
The cloak/cape is a hot chocolate brown while the main jumpsuit is a darker, coffee brown. The sleeves are a tan with slightly darker brown trim on the grey gloves. His boots are a muddy brown.
That’s an interesting color scheme, but it somehow manages to come together and work. Hasbro added just a hint of a wash on Greef’s face to help bring out the wrinkles and the face printing is overall very nicely done.
The only issue is the black of his hairline doesn’t perfectly line up with the sculpt. Greef’s head has a bit of a sheen gloss to it, which is mostly noticeable with the mustache. In the wrong light it looks grey.
Scale: Greef is the tallest of the Mandalorian Big Three standing about half a head taller than Mando. He’s not as tall as he should be compared to Mando, but scales properly with everyone else.
Articulation: Despite the outfit setup, I didn’t have any problems posing him. The cloak is made of a soft enough material that it moves easily enough if you want to position it away for deeper action stances.
His joints are also nice and tight, which is helpful since Greef is one of the thicker figures in The Mandalorian sub-line.
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knees (double jointed)
Accessories: Greef is more an arranger than a fighter, but he’s perfectly capable of handling himself in a firefight. He comes with two pistols.
These look a bit more like traditional handguns than the normal sci-fi weapons we see in the Star Wars universe. As usual, Hasbro doesn’t skimp on the detailing or paint work on these firearms. I wouldn’t have said no to a few chips or a tracker for some extra accessories however.
Worth it? Greef clocks in at $20. It’s not the best value as say a Marvel Legends, but the Star Wars Black line features original sculpts without a ton of reuse so I can cut Hasbro some leeway with the pricing. It’s a fair price point although more accessories would be very useful.
Rating: 10 out of 10
I don’t have any issues with this guy. Hasbro knocked out a great version of Greef from Season 1 yet because I’m a sucker for all things Mandalorian, I’ll most likely still end up getting the Season 2 figure. But if you only need one, this is a very well done figure.
Where to get it? I grabbed The Mandalorian related figures from this wave from Target. They’re slated for a late January-February release online, but start checking your stores at the January reset. If you want to lock up the figures, you can pre-order at Amazon and Entertainment Earth.