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Review: Star Wars Black Series Figrin D'an (Modal Nodes), A New Hope



The iconic Cantina Band, Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes have finally made their way to the Star Wars Black Series and Hasbro have enabled us to achieve as big or as small a band as we wish by splitting the figures and instruments across two releases. The first of these is Figrin D’an who is a single boxed release in the Galaxy Collection under the A New Hope banner. He is number 4 in that series and was released in 2022 as part of Wave 8 of the Galaxy Collection.



Hasbro do a great job of any alien in the Black Series, and the execution of the Bith head sculpt on Figrin D’an is excellent. The proportions are spot on as is the paint job to give the skin some definition around the ridges of the mouth section and down the central ridge of the head. The gloss black eyes are a stark contrast to the salmon pink of the rest of the head. There is even a small opening in the mouth which is very useful as we will see shortly. The rest of the body is fairly standard stuff with a black cast plastic torso and tunic and some grey trousers, and black boots. The hands are coloured in a similar skin tone to the head with a darker shade in the recessed areas and lighter colouring on the ridges and veins.



This single Figrin D’an release is packed with three of the Modal Nodes instruments, allowing you to select which musician you are representing. The first of these is the Kloo horn as played by Figrin D’an and by Lirin Car'n if you are going the whole hog. You then have the Dorenian Beshniquel (Fizzz) as played by Doikk Na'ts. And the final instrument is the smaller Fanfar instrument played by both Ickabel G’ont and Tedn Dahai. Each instrument is cast in a base colour and then has some detail added on top including silver trim on the Dorenian Beshniquel and a gunmetal wash on the Kloo Horn and Fanfar.



Each instrument has a small reid that fits into the opening on the Bith head mouth. The fit is not overly secure but with a bit of effort, the reid will stay in the mouth. The hands are then designed to hold the main body of all three instruments and there is sufficient movement in the arms and legs for some ‘in the moment’ performing poses.



This is essentially a musical army builder arrangement and providing you are happy that all the Bith are identical (which they pretty much were in the movie) you can buy up to 4 of these to replicate a good half of the Modal Nodes- for the wider band you will also need to corresponding deluxe Nalan Cheel figure. Out of all the options available to Hasbro to bring us the Modal Nodes - this one feels the one of least resistance. Thankfully It is not a huge box set with a big price tag and it is a general release, not an exclusive, allowing collectors to choose to buy one or multiples depending on how big your Modal Nodes ensemble will be.







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About Me : As a child of the 70's and 80's I grew up in a golden age for action figures and in my youth bought and sold myself through collections of Star Wars, G.I. Joe (Action Force) and M.A.S.K. while also dabbling in He-Man, Transformers and Ghostbusters. Roll forward and I am now reliving that Youth with the action figures of today and am a collector and fan of the larger 6-8 inch figures from my favourite movie and TV licences - including the ones mentioned above, but also the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Doctor Who and the Aliens. I launched The Mephitsu Archives in 2015 with a view of creating a UK focused site or these figures where fans can pick up the latest action figure news, read reviews and get information on where to buy their figures and what is currently on store shelves. I hope I am delivering that to you guys...

 

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