Review : Star Wars Black Series Wedge Antilles, A New Hope
Wedge Antilles, a Rebel stalwart from all three original trilogy movies (and a blink and you'll miss it appeaance in The Rise of Skywalker) arrives in the 6 inch Black Series action figure line in Wave 23 of the red/black Phase 3 packaging. The wave landed at the very end of 2019 and included other figures such as Cara Dune, Jannah and First Order Jet Trooper.
Wedge is number 102 in the line, packed in the usual phase 3 packaging with the bright red side spine and figure backing card. The Titus artwork at the front does capture a stoic looking Wedge in his X-Wing helmet and as usual this is repeated on the rear of the box along with the usual background text.
"A talented young rebel pilot from Corellia, Wedge Antilles survived the attack on the first Death Star to become a respected veteran of Rogue Squadron."
Paint & Sculpt 2/5
The likeness to Actor Denis Lawson, who has portrayed Wedge through all of his movie appearances, is not immediately apparent. This is not a brilliant representation of the character and well off par from recent head sculpts. It also feels short changed by the face print technology and there is virtually no colour on the face other than the eyes. Had the figure got the usual subtle lip colour and the shading around the nose then we may have been looking at a much better figure.
In fact when you look at the head sculpt i feels more of an amalgamation between the Denis Lawson Wedge (who we see flying the X-Wing in A New Hope and then onwards in the other movies) and the "Fake" Wedge from the briefing room scene played (we think) by Colin Higgins. All very confusing.
The hair too is a bit "meh". It has to be flat to allow the helmet to be added, but it is left as a single colour where as a bit of a wash or dry brush would have added the depth it needed. It is also not even a good match to the hairstyle we see Wedge sport either "Fake" Wedge in ANH or from Return of the Jedi - where the hair is shaped around his ears and parted differently.
After the head we are of course into reuse territory with the entire flight suit and associated parts the same figure as was released 7 years ago as X-Wing Pilot Luke. It even has the hook for the light saber. Now I don't have a huge issue with this as the X-Wing flight suits were similar and Wedge and Luke are similar in build - and of course the original figure was pretty good anyway with the flight vest, chest unit and the hoses. But I do feel a little shortchanged considering the money saved on the body wasn't put into that head sculpt?