Speedy delivery! The Assassin (Shadow) showed up at my door a mere four days after going on sale, which is what I would refer to as unreasonably fast. At one point I assumed they would never both with this colorway because Assassin (R-Complex) [FOTD #2,334] exists. Both have very similar coloring minus the skin tone, so it was a real surprise to see the makers actually did all three molds in this flavor earlier this year.
Possibly because of the similarity, the Healey Made team threw in a cape with dark painted camo markings on the back. I was never particularly fond of the old vinyl capes from Kenner, which this evokes, but is a more effective accessory because you can't crease it just by playing with it. it hangs well and looks good.
The included blaster is a very similar, if more subdued, paint job when compared to the previous ones. The gray bits are darker... and that's about it. It still looks good, you can still stow it in her back - even with the cape. There's a little hole in there. They really thought of everything.
This time our lizard pal has the pale green bands and bright neon red elements to match her cohorts. She still seems dark, but you can really sense the "night attack" sci-fi deco this time. Her skin is that dark bluish purple with dark nails, and not all of her flight straps are painted the same color. It's toned down a lot, and I can't help but wonder if those pennies went into financing the cap (and its painted bits.) The helmet also lost the stripes on the sides. The unpainted helmet dome also reveals a lot of swirly cracks from the manufacturing process - it seems like it might be a paint job gone wrong, but it's a really weird (I assume) defect.
The head is very similar to the previous release, just more purple and less jolly green. Her lips look great, the outlines around the red eyes help them pop, and the eyebrows aren't bad either. It's more of the same, in the best possible way. The sculpted scales still look great with really wonderful wavy hair that you'd only expect to see among the coolest of Boonta Speeder Race contestants.
Thanks to the cape, this figure is a superior entry in the line. Growing up we had trenchcoats and battle ponchos, so seeing this night cloak is a nice imaginative element that feels like something a toy company could have done in the 1980s, but never quite off the drawing board. There's no problem holding the blaster or swapping the heads, and the tail is a nice touch. You just have to pull it off if you want her to drive any of your toy vehicles. I'm not sure how many more colorways of these figures I'll buy - I assume white Imperial armor has got to be coming - but I like this one. I'd recommend it if you don't have another colorway yet.
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