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Review: Star Wars Black Series Holiday Edition Mandalorian Trooper



The Star Wars Black Series ‘Holiday Edition’ figures were first released in 2020 and took existing Star Wars Black Series figures and accessories and converted them into Christmas-themed versions. The line is made up of various retailer exclusives and one wave would be spread across availability at different retailers and e-Tailers. It sits outside the main Galaxy Collection but uses the same angled side packaging and has retained window packaging throughout its current run spanning 2020 through to 2023. The box design is themed around a Christmas present with a white base colour incorporating snowflakes, red trim, a red-themed Black Series logo and an Aurobesh ‘gift label’. The Holiday Mandalorian Trooper was part of the 2nd wave of Holiday figures released in 2022. He was a US exclusive to Target stores, while had a wider Fan Channel release in the UK.

The Holiday Trooper is, like the rest of the line, a repaint of an existing figure - namely the 2020 Mandalorian Loyalist figure from The Clone Wars. The Loyalist colours are of course gone, and the Holiday Edition features a deep red suit overlaid with armour that ranges from green & white striped around the legs, to solid green and red panels and a red & green helmet. The torso is photo printed to recreate a knitted Christmas jumper with a Mythosaur skull and Mando helmet design. 

Our Holiday Mando Warrior still features the same twin holsters as the original Loyalist figure but is not packed with any blasters. Instead, he is given a Holiday version of The Mandalorian’s Phase Rifle - presented in white with orange trim and perhaps nodding in some way to the Nerf release of the weapon which used a similar colour pallet. The rifle fits into the Trooper’s hands but articulation will limit posing. The peg on the weapon that exists to plug it into Din Djarin’s back has no purpose for this release - there are no holstering or slung options. Articulation for the Holiday Trooper is 16 points in total and is a little bit limited with the elbows in particular very restrictive, especially with the wires built into the forearm sculpt. 

The Holiday figures often also include a small creature of some description, and the Holiday Mandalorian is accompanied by a repainted Bogling from the 2021 Cal Kestis Deluxe figure. The Bogling has white fur and blue legs with painted eyes, but no further paint apps or detailing. The Bogling is non-articulated and free stands on its legs, balanced out with the squirrel-like tail. 

These releases are very much a bit of fun and I certainly do not intend to purchase a lot of them, but at the Festive period, they are great to display and look great alongside Christmas Decorations and Trim.


Christmas Decorations and trimmings are not included in the set





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