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Review: Star Wars Black Series Pyke Soldier, The Book of Boba Fett, Galaxy Collection Wave 16

"I didn't realize the Pyke Syndicate was so ruthless."

The Pyke Syndicate have been growing in influence in the Star Wars Universe following their appearances in The Clone Wars and Solo: A Star Wars Story, they came to the forefront as prime antagonists of the first season of The Book of Boba Fett and this face off against Tatooine’s newest Majordomo has also presented them with their first figure in the Star Wars Black Series 6 inch line.

The Pyke Solider is, as the name implies, an army-building release and is part of Wave 16 of the Galaxy Collection - a wave turned over in its entirety to the Book of Boba Fett. Wave 16 started to arrive in late 2023 with the bulk of the figures hitting retailers in early 2024. The Pyke Solider features the resurrected windowbox and carries the green accent colour assigned to the Book of Boba Fett releases. The Soldier is number 07 in the BOBF collection sitting between the Tusken Chieftain and The Mandalorian - both from the same wave.

The Pyke Soldier is what appears to be a full new figure made up of a deep blue undersuit with brown sculpted boots and gloves. Over this is a tabard in burgundy that completely covers the chests, and lows down to the Soldier’s knees. The tabard includes a sculpted belt painted in brown with silver details and inclusive of a larger pouch around the back. Further paint apps are added with a deep yellow stripe down the chest and a couple of red and white symbols sitting on either side of the neckline. Round the back of the figure the tabard features a sculpted hood that is withdrawn and lying against the back of the figure. We didn’t see these hoods in use during their live-action appearance and therefore realising these in plastic rather than soft goods is not a detriment to the figure.

The head is made up of a metallic face plate in gold with black eyes, silver breathing tubes and some partial brown markings on both the forehead and cheeks. This is set into a hood that tapers backwards in three segmented pieces to the angled rear of their heads. The look overall is consistent with the redesigned Pyke’s for Book of Boba Fett and the colouring is accurate to some of the Pyke Soldiers, while others did sport masks of varying colours.

You can arm the Pyke Solider with one or both of the included blasters. The first is a smaller hand blaster while the second is a larger blaster rifle with shoulder stock and sights. Both are reasonably detailed but are cast only in a dark brown/grey and have no additional paint apps. Both hands on the figure are provided with trigger fingers allowing dual wielding of both weapons or a single grip in either left or right hands. 

Articulation comes in at 17 points in total. The pinless body features the latest Black Series configuration with the thigh swivel removed and the leg swivel provided by the knee joint. The arms feature wrist, elbow and shoulder joints with the latter also featuring the secondary butterfly joint. The waist features a wide-ranging ball joint, and the head is jointed at both the base and top of the neck. The Tabbard uniform does hinder a few poses, particularly those involving kneeling, but other than that the Pyke Soldier can get into, and then hold, several poses. The blaster poses are particularly good with two-handed options for carrying and shooting the blaster rifle. 

The Pyke Soldier is a solid Black Series release that very simply recreates the soldiers we see in the final episodes of The Book of Boba Fett with a couple of weapon options and relatively extensive articulation to wield them with. The figure is an army builder and like Clones and Stormtroopers, grouping them will enhance their look - and the show itself presents opportunities for possible future variants with silver and bronze face masks seen when the Soldiers are arriving on Tatooine. All we need now is a Pyke Boss to lead them.

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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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