Vintage Collection


Grand Inquisitor

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10/10 Bantha Skulls
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Review by: Chris
Review date: 10/31/2023

Happy Halloween everyone (except for Mr. MAKMCSWF for whom it’s June 18th, 1968 due to being on the other side of the international date line).  It seems appropriate to be reviewing a figure today that, if he were unnamed, would have bene called “Skull Face” in the vintage Kenner line.

This figure is a microcosm of the state of the modern Vintage collection in the era of frequent Star Wars small screen content.  If this figure had come out around the time when the Obi-Wan Kenobi series in June or July of 2022, I would have been thrilled.  As it came out in October of 2023, I greeting the shipping announcement from Entertainment Earth with a disinterested “meh”.  The one thing the Grand Inquisitor does have going for him is a bit of a deeper media legacy than just that appearance in Obi-Wan.  The character is perhaps better known for his appearance in season 1 of Star Wars Rebels.  Interest in this release will likely benefit from that deeper legacy despite the radically different cranial configurations. Additionally, I’m a fan of the Inquisitorius.  I was already a fan during Rebels, but it was cemented in stone with the appearance of Trilla in Fallen Order.  So when my shipment arrived, that disinterest faded, and I was excited once I saw the figure emerging from the shipper box in that glorious silver racetrack packaging.  In a twist, you could say I like the Grand Inquisitor figure more than the idea of the Grand Inquisitor figure.

Another statement this release makes about the Vintage Collection is the lack of context.  In my minds eye, if I think of one scene for the Grand Inquisitor in Obi-Wan, it’s this:

Grand Inquisitor Tatooine

I would love to have had that shot recreated in the gallery above, but as you know, we don’t have a Fifth Brother figure (in realistic style).  The Black Series does.  That had it a year ago when it was still somewhat relevant.  And Black Series fans appreciate the love they get from Hasbro so much that it now sells for $15 on Amazon.  The also got the Fourth Sister too.  Sigh. The Black Series is the John Cusack older brother who is good at sports.  We’re Wil Wheaton.  It’s hard not to be bitter.  At least we can tell some swell stories (and sell HasLabs).

Enough about that.  Let’s talk about what we do have.  This figure is a pretty righteous dude (+1 80’s movie references).  It poses like a dream.  As noted by my buddy Tim in his Bossk’s Bounty review of the Grand Inquisitor, the upper thigh armor does get in the way of the hip articulation a little bit, but it’s not overly problematic.  I just had to work with the thigh swivel a little bit to mitigate the issues.  This is some of the best wrist hinge functionality I’ve seen at this scale. That’s particularly valuable with this character due to the standard Inquisitor double bladed whirly bird saber (yes, that’s the official name of the weapon).  I love that the unlit hilt plugs into the back of the figure which is accurate to the media.  Even more impressive, the arms have just enough articulation to simulate retrieving the saber from its perch, and we need to talk about that.

I don’t know if you’ve been paying attention to the newest figures in the line, but there is a very troublesome trend with the elbow joints on recent releases.  The discs that protrude into the forearms have been very short.  This is a complete regression to the earliest implementations of ball jointed elbows.  With these short cuts, the arms can barely bend to 90 degrees.  I have no idea why Hasbro is suddenly doing this.  I will be writing an article on this subject soon.  It has to be addressed.  I was relieved that this Grand Inquisitor does not have those shallow cut elbows.  At first it gave me optimism that maybe Hasbro had already corrected this trend, but then it occurred to me that this Grand Inquisitor figure was probably designed and engineered at the same time as the other Obi-Wan figures which predates this elbow scourge.  And sure enough, the new Dooku has the short elbow joints:

Dooku Elbow

As stated, we will address this worrisome trend in a separate article, but we must return to the now for this Grand Inquisitor release.  It’s a 10 out of 10.

* Bantha Skull is compensated for any purchases made through these Ebay links.
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