Star Wars Rebels has been essential for helping me get through the pandemic with no new blockbuster movies or many new shows this year. The trouble with getting into a property super late is there’s no one to talk about the stuff that’s new to me. At least I can celebrate these updated versions of the figures in Hasbro’s Star Wars The Black Series line. Today, I’m looking at one of the central characters in the series Ezra Bridger.
Ezra was essentially the Luke Skywalker type without rehashing his entire arc allowing him to feel like a fresh slate character that truly became worth the investment.
Packaging: I don’t see myself getting tired of this new packaging scheme. It just looks so much sharper and more appealing than the previous black and red setup.
The Rebels characters get the purple accent with terrific artwork on the side. Ezra’s bio is definitely written more with a season 1-2 version in mind and not the overall take of the character.
Likeness: Like the Clone Wars characters, the trick for Hasbro’s sculptors here was to take an animated look and translate it into a style that wouldn’t look out of place with the lifelike renditions Hasbro implements with its face printing techniques.
In Star Wars cartoons there’s no clear distinction on race beyond species. I’m getting a Middle Eastern vibe from Ezra, which is cool as there’s no representation for a main character on that demographic. Ezra could go from playful to serious so going with this neutral expression was a smart idea.
His attire translated very nicely as well with the high collar, rounded vest and baggier jumpsuit. All of the little details like the communicator on the left wrist, the dual holster, ripped left pant leg and armored right shin guard are exceptional.
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Paint: The paint could be sharper in several areas. His left eye’s printing has a little spray on the iris while the trim on his vest isn’t consistent.
Ezra’s gloves probably needed another coat of green and the fingers reflect the flesh tone painted over green choice. The armored shin however looks great with some good weathering details as if it’s been used.
Scale: Ezra should be shorter than the rest of the Phoenix Squadron save Sabine, who he could look at on an eye to eye level. As the norm for the line, Ezra scales up perfectly with the rest of his crew.
Articulation: Ezra’s articulation is pretty good. He’s got good range of motion with his elbows despite being the single-jointed variety.
His neck has better movement and his knees and ankles allow him to sit deep in poses.
Also, his torso has solid back and forth and left and right range. The only hitch is the lack of true butterfly shoulders, which would make lightsaber poses even more convincing.
Ezra Bridger has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knees (double jointed)
Accessories: Ezra has his unique lightsaber.
The red tab and tip of the saber end aren’t colored, but otherwise it’s a strong likeness to the source material. Ezra’s blade is a nice rich shade of blue.
One of the fun running gags of the series was Ezra’s collections of Imperial helmets that he would frequently wear on missions.
The one included is probably his most popular and the sculpt work is terrific with sharp paint applications.
Worth it? Ezra clocked in at $20. The entire Rebels crew skyrocketed in price with their original versions and I’m sure they will eventually become just as pricey so I wouldn’t delay on getting him (and the others).
As usual with these touch-up figures it’d be nice if Hasbro just released them with the updated articulation scheme so we could truly get the best versions.
Rating: 9.8 out of 10
This Ezra is really well done. About the only thing I would have wanted from this older model is a happier head sculpt option, but this is another well done figure from the Star Wars The Black Series.
Where to get it? I haven’t seen any of the Rebels figures in stores, but they’re not hard to track down online. Entertainment Earth has him up for pre-order with a February release.