Review: Star Wars Black Series Director Krennic

A lot of people forget this, but Darth Vader wasn’t the main antagonist of the original Star Wars, it was Grand Moff Tarkin. Vader stood around, killed a guy or two, and looked scary, but Tarkin, the stuffy old British guy, was the one calling all the shots. It looks like Rogue One will be operating under the same villain model, with Vader lurking around as a secondary bad guy, while the role of main antagonist is assumed by discount Tarkin, Director Orson Krennic. I’ve read Catalyst, the film’s prequel novel, and Krennic is actually a fairly interesting and enjoyable character whom I can’t wait to see inevitably die, probably by way of a Force-obstructed windpipe. Plus Ben Mendelsohn is an excellent actor, and judging by the trailers he had a great time chewing the scenery. So, continuing the lead-up to Rogue One, here’s Director Krennic.



Befitting his role as the main antagonist, Krennic gets his own unique attire among the ranks of Imperial officer-types. The white tunic, which we saw at least one officer (Wullf Yularen, whom you might remember from The Clone Wars) wear in the original film, makes him stand out quite a bit, but not nearly as much as that matching cape. Lando Calrissian and Count Dooku showed us that capes were reserved for only the classiest characters in the galaxy, and the figure’s plastic rendition looks more or less pretty good. More on that later. The figure’s paint work is relatively sparse, but overall clean and well done. The glossy finish on his boots and gloves are very appreciated.


Head sculpts on Black Series figures have been largely hit or miss, and I think Krennic’s is one of the best sculpts I’ve seen in a while. Mendelsohn’s likeness is unquestionable, and even as unpainted plastic, there’s a tiny hint of realism that’s rare for a Hasbro six-inch figure. It helps that his eyes and hair are all well-painted with no slop or mismatched pupils. I do wish there was a little more personality in his face sculpt, maybe some hint of a sneer or snarl, or that kind of pouty glare that he seems to have in every scene.



As is the case with most Black Series figures, Krennic has more or less all the standard points of articulation, it’s just the sculpt that hampers them. His hips are the most restricted due to the bottom of his tunic as well as those goofy flared-thigh pants. His arms are also pretty restricted due to the cut of his torso and shoulders, and the unfortunate single-jointed elbows. The cape, of course, restricts almost all of his joints when it’s on.



Krennic’s most notable accessory is his majestic I’m-in-charge-of-the-Death-Star cape, which is pretty much just a PVC shell that rests on the figure’s shoulders. It’s sculpted very well, and when you’ve got the figure standing still, it actually looks like it’s naturally hanging from his shoulders as capes do. Raising his arms kind of breaks the illusion, though. He also comes with his own unique pistol, which has some nice paint apps on the handle, and if its function in Star Wars Battlefront is any indication, it’s actually a proper laser revolver. (Looking closely, you can actually see what looks like revolver cylinder, which is pretty awesome.)



Director Krennic is by no means an amazing Black Series release, but he accomplishes everything a figure of Orson Krennic needs to do, which is pretty much look like the character. I don’t imagine Krennic will be whipping out a lightsaber or dramatically changing costumes at any point in Rogue One, so there’s nothing this figure is really lacking, at least that can be expected from this line. The sculpt’s good, the paint’s good, and even the cape is pretty good. Not to mention that having him flanked by a pair of Death Troopers makes for a pretty sweet display.

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