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Review: Star Wars Black Series Cantina Showdown, Hasbro Pulse Con Exclusive 2021


 

Across the history of Star Wars and the various movies and shows, the Mos Eisley Cantina remains one of the most iconic sets, and it is now finally being realised in the Star Wars Black Series. The Cantina Showdown is a Hasbro Pulse Con 2021 exclusive, sold only via Hasbro Pulse in the US, Canada, and the UK following the live stream event.


Hasbro provided us with this set free of charge as part of a press pack for Hasbro Pulse Con 2021


The Cantina Showdown continues the packaging homages that we have seen across the last year celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Lucasfilm. It mimics the Power of the Force 2 Cinema Scene packaging of the late 1990s and is a direct update of the original 1997 Cantina Showdown set from the Kenner 3.75 inch POTF2 figures to the modern 6-inch Black Series.


Unlike the original box, the new Exclusive Set features a metallic foil finish to the box which matches the finish they put on the Wampa set from last year. It looks impressive in person but is difficult to photograph and is prone to fingerprints and smudging.

The box opens from either of the two side flaps and the full innards slide out. The contents are packed onto a 5 sides cardboard tray, enclosed in clear plastic trays that themselves slot into and through the cardboard base and are secured in place with a number of plastic twist-lock connectors. The figures are held in by clear elastic ties - and lots of them - while the accessories are on a small tray to the side of Obi-Wan and taped into position.

Like the original POTF2 release, the inner tray is illustrated like the Cantina bar. Whether it is serviceable as a display environment on its own will be an individual choice, but the various slits and holes do detract and the plain cardboard sides will mean it needs a bit of work.

We start with Obi-Wan Kenobi who is a direct and full re-use of the original 2016 release. There are some tweaks that do improve the figure massively, particularly the photo-real decor on the head sculpt. This face print now works with what is a very good likeness of Alec Guinness, and with much better colouring on the face and hair than the recent 2021 Kenner Homage Obi-Wan.


The other improvement is on the soft goods with a stitch added either side of the hood to keep it in a more natural position. The original figure suffered from a floating hood look, and considering that Ben Kenobi has his hood raised in much of the Cantina Bar scene this minor tweak is appreciated. The hood can still be lowered to reveal more of the head.

Obi-Wan comes with his lightsaber which includes a detailed and well-painted hilt that can a