Starscream’s Toast reviews the Star Wars Black Series Captain Phasma figure from The Force Awakens
Whether you loved or hated Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens there was one definite disappointment – Captain Phasma. While it wasn’t a Darth Maul league of hype and letdown, there was a pretty big deal made about Gwendoline Christie being cast as the First Order’s Stormtrooper leader Captain Phasma. Clad in silver armour she stood out in the trailer as fans noticed the parallels between Phasma and Boba Fett – cape over one shoulder and the way the blaster was held, which just led to more excitement.
While Christie’s imposing 6 feet 3 inch frame made Captain Phasma physically imposing, the character was completely irrelevant as she appears briefly in the beginning of the movie then sparingly until she is easily captured and tossed in a trash compactor. The backlash was so much that fans were told that Phasma would be fleshed out in the sequels and this was just the start of her story but no one seemed to buy it.
Likewise the Star Wars Black Series Captain Phasma is similarly cool yet disappointing. It certainly looks great but the figure is no taller than the other figures in the six inch series which is pretty lame considering that the character is supposed to be 6 feet 7 inches.
Oddly the figure comes with a plastic cape as opposed to the cloth outfit that the Kylo Ren figure sports which restricts the figure’s left arm considerably.
The figure features the standard articulation beyond the left arm and does actually look very good despite the criticisms.
The figure was really hard to find when it was initially released but in true Hasbro fashion the market was soon flooded with them, which combined with the character’s onscreen non presence made it a pegwarmer and can now be picked up for a quarter for the original price.
With Star Wars Episode VIII The Last Jedi approaching hopefully Captain Phasma will become the character the fans expected and we’ll get an upgraded Star Wars Black Series Captain Phasma figure to do the character justice.