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Review : Star Wars Black Series Gaming Greats Jedi Knight Revan, Galaxy of Heroes


Jedi Knight Revan was released in April 2020 as part of the new Gaming Greats sub-line of the Star Wars Black Series. The Gaming Greats line is exclusive to Gamestop in the US, and via the Fan Channel worldwide. It brings new 6 inch characters from the various Star Wars video games media.

Packaging 5/5


Revan is packed in the standard Phase 3 packaging as far as sizing and shape goes. There is a new cut in to the right of the window as you look which holds a hexagonal Gaming Greats logo. This has a metallic foil finish, similar to the Carbonized figures. A simpler version is found on the side spine where you would normally find a basic release number.


The accent colour for these figures Gaming Greats is specific to the figure. For Revan we have a purple accent down the side spine, on the figure card backing and within the character name and Gregory Titus artwork. This is based on his lightsaber colour. The colour is very striking, and an impressive boxed display - with the figure very visible against the purple backdrop, although the lightsaber blade gets a bit lost.


Revan is based on his light side Jedi Knight appearance in EA's mobile game, Galaxy of Heroes. The logo for Galaxy of Heroes sits bottom right under the artwork - this use of a logo is specific to video game releases, even before the Gaming Greats line commenced. The back of the box carries the standard text,


"The journey from Sith to Jedi is complete in Star Wars : Galaxy of Heroes as redeemed Jedi Knight Revan wields his purple Lightsaber while cloaked in white Jedi robes."



Paint & Sculpt 5/5


Revan is a very impressive looking figure, more so in the white and bronze Jed robes. His helmet, sculpted under a rubberised plastic hood, remains the same as the Darth Revan figure with red striping around the visor and some bronze and silver colouring either side.

The robes are sculpted with a lot of detail with folds and creases down the hood, shoulders and sleeves. The chest piece is armour of sorts in a deep bronze with a wash to bring out the sculpted designs.


The skirt piece is soft goods and does hang a little too straight - it can also be caught in the knee joints which will leave a mark over time. Holding the skirt segment in place are the bronze sash which is more rubberised plastic work. Under the skirt is a full set of sculpted and painted legs with knee armour and shin guards.


Paint work is excellent with good use of washes to both weather the armour parts as well as bring out and define the sculpted detail.



Like all the Gaming Great figures released/announced at the time of writing, Revan is a re-use of an existing figure - namely the 2016 Darth Revan figure, the fan vote winner for 2015.


As well as the recolouring there are some differences. Most notably is the removal of Darth Revan's cape. The hood, while the same cast, does seem to sit lower on the figure.



Accessories


Revan is equipped with his single Jedi lightsaber. This is made up of a neat looking hilt cast in black and then painted silver while leaving some of the black exposed in the panels. There are also two tiny painted indicators/switches - one green and one red.


The saber hilt fits into either hand, but more securely in the right. There is no designed holster or holder, but due to the belt being an individual piece you can slot the saber hilt in the belt.


Like all sabers, the blade is a cast translucent piece that slots into the hilt and clicks in place for an ignited saber effect.


This single saber - vs the two he has as a Sith - is accurate to the game and there are no other obvious accessories that you would expect. From a value perspective, in terms of price of the item and how much comparaby comes with the Heavy Battle Droid released at the same time, something "else" would have been nice - perhaps an alternative swooshing blade effect like we saw with Count Dooku?



Comparing with the 2016 Darth Revan, the saber hilt is identical but is painted in a lighter silver. There is a big difference in the blade, with the 2020 version being thicker and more intense in colour.



Articulation 5/5


Jedi Knight Revan has the standard 16 points of articulation for a Star Wars Black Series figure. including the articulated which allows the head to move under and within the confines of the hood.


Head : neck ball joint

Body : torso ball joint

Arms : ball joint shoulder, single joint rotating elbow, wrist pivot

Legs : ball joint hips, thigh swivel, double joint knees, ankle rockers


Posing in the arms is good, with single and two handed saber fighting poses available. The legs are restricted a little, not by the skirt which is soft goods - but by the larger front sash which will stop any kneeing or crouching poses.


All the joints are secure and unlike the previous Revan, the ankle rockers are very secure allowing this Revan to stand perfectly well - while Darth Revan remains a serial shelf diver.



Summary


Revan will always be a popular character in terms of his roots in the Expanded Universe (Legends). And even if you know nothing about his background, he still looks cool - both as a Sith, but more-so I think in these white Jedi robes.


The striking figure is matched by the striking purple accented box, which many collectors will want to keep rather than setting him free.



You can argue a lack of accessories vs the Battle Droid, but what you do get is well executed with a thicker and brighter blade than what went before.


I score the Star Wars Black Series Gaming Greats Jedi Knight Revan top marks of 5 out of 5.




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