Toy Review: S.H. Figuarts Captain PhasmaMarch 8, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Collecting, Reviews, Star Wars, Toys | Leave a comment
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You might as well call this one Captain Fantastic. The S.H. Figuarts Captain Phasma is probably the best 1:12 scale representation you can get with full articulation. From the sculpt to the movement, this figure blows Hasbro’s Black Series out of the water. Below you’ll find our full photo review of a great figure that’s definitely worth the money.
First off, the finish on the S.H. Figuarts Captain Phasma is fairly nice for not being a true, highly reflective chrome plated look. It’s shiny and it’s a little bit reflective. Definitely a step up from the matte silver look of the Hasbro Black Series 6-inch figure.
The cape is a solid piece, not cloth, but it is flexible so while it’s somewhat constrictive, it’s not as constrictive as it could be.
The cape is removable and I have to say, the figure looks quite nice without the cape.
As an S.H. Figuarts figure, the Captain Phasma is highly articulated.
Even with the cape on, there’s still a lot of room for movement.
The detail on the sculpt is splendid. This thing looks like Phasma. The paint app is also very nice.
She comes with her Sonn-Blas F-11D blaster rifle.
There’s one point of articulation on the blaster, the foregrip.
The belt has articulated pouches.
This is an innovative way to get around movement restrictions. When you move the legs, the pouches do not get in the way at all. Hasbro’s Black Series could benefit a lot from this feature as some of their figures have extremely limited movement due to hip pouches like the Boba Fett figure.
Also note the knee articulation. It’s a double joint with a piece of knee armor that helps hide the joint.
The toe is has a single point of articulation, and there are two points of articulation at the angle, one for side-to-side and one for up-and-down.
The shoulder plates have an interesting point of articulation.
They come down on a moveable plastic limb.
This allows for a lot of movement on the plate (it can also be rotated). At first, I was not sure why this feature was included.
But when you raise the arms, it makes sense. The articulated shoulder armor gives you more options when posing. It can be placed “tucked in” to the shoulder.
Or you can leave the shoulder plate on the outside. The plate is removable which might be a good option on the figure’s left side where the cape drapes over the shoulder. It can be tricky to pop the shoulder plate on, though.
The arms have a lot of articulation: at the wrists, elbow and shoulder.
As far as accessories go, Captain Phasma comes with her cape, her blaster and three pairs of hands. There’s a set of closed fists, a set of open hands, and a set of gripping hands which allow her to hold her rifle.
Here’s a view from behind. You might notice a scuff mark on the back. I’ll be honest, I’m not sure if that was there, or if that happened when I dropped the figure. I’ve dropped the figure quite a bit and the front side has held up really well. I doubt it rubbed in packaging because they ship the figure with a very nice plastic clam shell tray preventing any movement for the figure while in the package. There are also plastic sheets in between the figure and the cape to prevent rubbing.
Side profile. Note the slimness of the figure which looks very stylish.
Take note of the left shoulder (the one the cape drapes over). I left the shoulder armor on, but if you remove it, it does sit better on the figure.
Now the real test. What does the S.H. Figuarts Captain Phasma look like next to the Hasbro Black Series 6-inch figure.
With the Hasbro figure, you have a dull, unattractive paint application.
The Hasbro figure is oversized to the point of being bulky and hulking. It’s like Phasma on steroids.
The articulation of the Hasbro Phasma is extremely limited. When I first got this figure, I was extremely disappointed by the minimal amount of movement. Not only is the cape restrictive, but the hip pouches also prevent leg movement. Trying to pose the Hasbro figure is a joke. On the other hand, the S.H. Figuarts figure is very posable and lifelike.
But here’s the kicker which I hadn’t noticed before. The Hasbro Captain Phasma towers over the other First Order troopers. Now Gwendoline Christie is tall, but she’s only 6′ 3″, which makes the Hasbro version a bit of an exaggeration. Beyond that, the Hasbro figure just looks too bulky.
The S.H. Figuarts Phasma, however, looks much better, and the scale works with the 6-inch Black Series.
Here’s S.H. Figuarts on the left and Hasbro on the right of the Hasbro 6-inch General Hux. Ask yourself, which looks like it matches the scale better?
Here’s the S.H. Figuarts Phamsa in action with her Hasbro colleagues.
And she passes the chair test!
In closing, the S.H. Figuarts Captain Phasma is a great figure. It looks great and the articulation is excellent. As my S.H. Figuarts Star Wars collection grows, I find myself disliking the Hasbro Black Series more and more. Hasbro just can’t compete with this kind of quality. It does come with a price jump, but if you hunt it down on eBay, you can get this one for $50 or less. It’s worth it.