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Review: Star Wars Black Series Imperial Officer (Ferrix), Andor

Updated: Jun 17, 2023


The Disney+ Andor series featured a number of Imperial Officers and Troopers outside of the usual Stormtrooper battalions. The Ferrix Imperial Officer is a Black Series Spring 2023 release exclusive to Target in the US and sold via the Fan Channel here in the UK. While labeled as an Imperial Officer, the figure is better described as one of the Riot Troopers employed on Ferrix during the finale of Andor to quell the uprising after Maarva’s funeral procession. The figure was released ahead of the move to plastic-free packaging so includes a figure window. It utilises the deep orange accent colour assigned to Andor and is number 04 in the Andor Series

The Ferrix Officer utilises a number of other figures to create the Riot Trooper look. The torso and arms are the same as the Cassian Andor Aldhani Mission figure, complete with a sculpted vest, this time cast in black plastic rather than the usual Imperial Olive green. The sole piece of paint applied on the torso is the silver of the belt and a slightly variant black/grey on the shoulders to provide some uniform variation.

The legs are taken from the Mud Trooper Han from the Solo movie, again cast in black, and the same source provided the helmet & goggles. The helmet is removable, as are the goggles, giving a couple of different looks. The head underneath is brand new and a likeness to one of the Ferrix Imperials, with the photo-real application used to finish off the decor. Like a lot of recent Black Series figures the head looks too shiny.

Our Officer comes with a mix of old and new articulation thanks to the hybrid of figures used to create him. There are 16 points of articulation in total, with a fully pinless upper body, and a set of legs that does benefit from some double-jointed pinned knees. Our officer is armed with a simple E-11 Imperial-issue blaster which is cast in black with a small silver panel painted on one side. The decision to include that blaster feels a bit too easy and in reality, the figure should be wielding a baton and riot shield - and of course, an Imperial Riot Shield does exist in the line thanks to the Gaming Greats Scout Trooper release.

The accessory choice is the main issue with the Ferrix Officer other than getting his name wrong. The re-used parts are sensible and create a consistency of Imperial gear and different combinations of said gear depending on the planet & scenario. Had this figure been given a black version of the Riot Shield and a simple baton (they could have nicked one from Marvel Legends) then the figure would have been much more appreciated by Andor fans. Instead what was an exclusive with a lofty RRP is now being cleared out by retailers as low as £13.




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