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Review : Star Wars Black Series Yoda, The Archive Series, The Empire Strikes Back

Yoda was released in the Archive Series of the Black Series in 2019 as part of the 2nd wave alongside Anakin Skywalker, Darth Maul and the Scout Trooper. The Archive Series is a revisit of older, fan favourite, figures from the Black Series - often with the newer face print technology applied. Yoda was given this upgrade, improving on the decor of the original Phase 2 blue line release from 2014.


Packaging 3/5

Rather than a boxed release, the Archive figures are presented on a blister card with a shaped cardback with V cut out and two tone design - black round the top and left side, with grey as the figure backing and right hand strip. It carries the Star Wars Black Series logo at the top with the ARCHIVE logo just under this and orientated down the side of the blister.

The character name is on the left hand side, also orientated to run up the side of the blister and in a grey text to match the ARCHIVE label. An insert is placed into the blister itself in a triangle shape and carries a Gregory Titus artwork of Yoda. This is not the original artwork that features in the small round panel on the blue line packaging, but a new illustration.

The back of the card pays homage to the original 2014 release with a larger version of the Titus artwork alongside an image of the original 2014 packaging and under this the original year of release, picked out in the blue to match the blue line releases. Sitting under this is a short piece of background text

"Yoda is a legendary Jedi master and stronger than most in his connection with the Force"

Unlike the boxed Black Series, these blister cards are essentially destroyed once opened.


Paint & Sculpt 3/5

Yoda is a re-use fully of the original 2014 figure but is now treated with the Face Print technology and it makes a big difference to the overall look of the figure. The likeness is much improved to the original Yoda puppet seen on screen - most notably the eyes, which were very crude on the original release. There is also a more subtle treatment for Yoda's hair (or what's left of it), which is much more palatable.

The rest of the body is covered in a sand coloured robe, now in a much lighter textured fab