In the aftermath of Rogue One being released in theaters, there have been surprisingly few new Star Wars toys launched and/or announced for the past few weeks. Luckily, I’ve still got several figures from the last wave of 6″ Black Series figures that I need to catch up on with reviews. And today, I’ll be talking about the figure I meant to talk about last week before the passing of Carrie Fisher. The Black Series Sabine Wren is selling for a few bucks above MSRP online and is the third figure from Star Wars Rebels–does she hold to the same high standard as Kanan and Ahsoka?
So although I don’t rush to watch every episode of Rebels the moment it airs, I do make it a point to snag the members of the Ghost crew as soon as I can. And my favorite humanoid member of the group is Sabine Wren–so let’s take a gander at her first-ever six inch figure…
The thing that I was most taken by as soon as I took the Hasbro Sabine 6″ figure out of the package was the sheer amount of paint deco and detailing on this figure. This Sabine action figure easily has more paint applications than any other figure in the 6″ Star Wars Black Series line to date.
While my favorite detail on the figure is her checkerboard right shoulder armor (as I knew it would be), there’s plenty more to appreciate on the 6″ Sabine Wren figure. The paint deco on her left shoulder armor and chest armor pops wonderfully and is a real eye-grabber (yep, that’s the real reason I keep staring at Sabine’s chest).
The real surprise, though, was the paint spattered deco on Sabine’s gloves and boots! I genuinely never noticed this detailing on the character model in the show before, but Hasbro sure took note of it!
Hundreds of little speckles of orange, purple and grey are all over Sabine’s forearms and boots, and the effect actually works tremendously. I wasn’t expecting these paint applications, but they look terrific.
While we had to buy separate versions of the first two 4″ Sabine Rebels figures released to get her with and without her helmet, her Black Series 6″ figure has a removable helmet to create both looks.
On the weapons front, Sabine gets two blaster pistols and an explosives detonator. The pistols are molded in shiny metal-like grey plastic and look great (even without extra paint apps), whereas the detonator is a more flat grey.
All three weapons fit not only into Sabine’s hands perfectly, but also snugly into her holsters (yes, including the detonator). As long as you’ve always got Sabine holding one weapon (as a self-respecting Mando should be), she’s got somewhere to safely store the other two.
The articulation on the Sabine Black Series figure is also reasonably solid (I’ll complain about omissions momentarily), with ball-hinge neck/shoulders/elbows/wrists; ball-jointed hips and upper torso; swivel thighs; double-jointed knees and hinged ankles with ankle rockers.
Considering that Sabine is a super-athletic Mandalorian mercenary and ANH Leia is a diplomat, it’s definitely a bummer that Sabine’s upper body articulation is so much more limited than Leia’s, consequently allowing less dynamic firing poses.
In addition, while I think Sabine’s two-tone hair looks pretty nice, her eyes look awful. The black outlines drawn around the orange pupils going in different directions make Sabine look like a crack addict.
I ordered a second Sabine Wren figure to see if the eyes looked any better on it and if mine was an anomaly, but alas, both have the same scary-painted eyes marring an otherwise pretty face.
Overall: Sabine is another figure where I struggled on the borderline between a ‘B+’ and an ‘A-‘, but I ultimately opted for the higher grade. I don’t like the sub-par arm articulation or crazy eyes, but I absolutely want to reward the exceptional amount of paints applications on this figure, as well as the strong sculpt, overall solid articulation scheme and spot-on accessories. Hasbro Black Series Sabine is an outstanding figure overall that could have been perfect with a few more tweaks.