Jaina Solo (Black Series) Review

Jaina Solo (Black Series) Figure Review | Green Card Back

Black Series, 2017

Accessories: Lighsaber, Blaster, Helmet, Flight Vest
Appears in: Expanded Universe

Card Back: Daughter of Leia Organa and Han Solo, Jaina Solo is a Jedi student of Luke Skywalker. Like her father, she is also a crack pilot and skilled mechanic. Like her mother, she is a born leader.

Jaina Solo’s appearance in the Star Wars Black Series line is something of an outlier under Disney’s stewardship of the franchise. Jaina was the winner of a Hasbro fans poll that ended up causing acrimony amongst some collectors due to the way that Expanded Universe fans organised themselves for a unified vote. Given that the nomination of Jaina was a reaction to Rey in The Force Awakens it’s surprising that Disney let the result stand. The mouse wasn’t as lenient for the next fan vote, when several valid selections were thrown from the ballot.

Given the way that the Sequel Trilogy has unfolded it’s difficult not to feel a bit of positive bias towards Jaina Solo, even if I’m not hugely familiar with the Expanded Universe stories she takes part in. But, this is a review of the toy rather than a commentary on Star Wars overall (because there’s not enough of that on this blog already) – so let’s see how Black Series Jaina Solo figure holds up in its own right…

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Inferno Squad Agent (Black Series) Review

Black Series Battlefront 2 Inferno Squad Agent Review | Green Card Back

Black Series, 2017

Accessories: BlasTech E-11 Blaster
Appears in: Battlefront 2

Card Back: In the wake of the Death Star’s destruction, the Empire created the Inferno Squad to ensure that Imperial secrets would remain safe. Their fierce loyalty to the Empire and exceptional skills in both aerial and ground combat set this squad apart from the rank and file troopers.

Dice recognised the inherent cool factor of the TIE Pilot design when developing Battlefront 2. The developer made Inferno Squad – the Empire’s crack commando unit and playable campaign characters – a group of special forces TIE Pilots with extra red markings to set them apart; proving, alongside Sith lightsabers, that red still means danger even in a galaxy far, far away…

Released exclusively in the US at Gamestop and in the UK at Game (and also available from online retailers such as In Demand Toys), the Black Series Inferno Squad Agent saw release in late 2017, making it to these shores at the start of the year.

That means if you want it, the chances are you already have it. But if you’re on the fence – maybe I can help you!

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