7 Apr 2018

Hot Toys MMS433 Grand Moff Tarkin

I'm surprised it's taken so long for Hot Toys, or any other 1/6th scale company, to release a new Grand Moff Tarkin. With huge improvements in the detail and realism of 1/6th scale figures over the past 5-7 years, and the ongoing popularity of Star Wars, it's great that Hot Toys finally stepped up to the plate with their Grand Moff Tarkin.

And what a beautiful figure it is! Click through below to check out my full review on the Kool Kollectibles YouTube channel. Hope you can give the video a like and subscribe to the channel! :)



The packaging is the usual style, and the contents don't have too much in the way of accessories. The chair is a decent addition, but it does take a bit of work to manipulate the body to sit in the chair in a natural manner. The articulation does have an ab-crunch, but I found the front of the costume a little restrictive. The hips and legs articulate OK, but it will take a while to get him leaning naturally with at least his thighs and bottom properly in the chair. I want him standing next to Vader, so the chair will stay in the box for me.

The included hands are nicely sculpted and painted as usual for Hot Toys. However, the hands are a little oversized, especially the specially molded left hand used to support the elbow in his iconic chin-to-hand pose. The fingers are too elongated and make it look like he's turning into a werewolf! Luckily most of it can be hidden behind the right elbow.



The costume is fantastic in its tailoring and use of materials. The prototype used a thicker more traditional cotton type weave. The final production costume uses a thin material that has a nice smoother texture. It works really well to give the outfit a natural lay on the body.

I do wish the sleeves were just a tad longer so that the wrist joints weren't so obvious in his iconic pose. But it's a pretty minor nit when overall the figure pulls the pose off extremely well. The boots are a nice leather type material, with the ankles being filled out much better than the similar Han Solo boots. The pants fit into the boots nicely, and flare out at the thighs in a nicely tailored way.



The head sculpt is pretty much perfect for me. It does lose a bit of the wrinkling in the final sculpt from the prototype, but the paint application is amazing. The wrinkles are still visible, and the likeness is uncanny. The glassiness in the eyes also accentuates the realism.

Perhaps the only thing I could complain about would be the final colour of the hair. It suffers the same issue as the old Han Solo figure, where the hair should have more grey or silver. Instead, the hair has a slight bronzy colour to it, which makes him look a little younger than he should.

But in the scheme of things, considering the total package with the outfit, accessories, and poseability, this is a fantastic figure from Hot Toys. It's comparatively simple compared to other figures in their Iron Man or DX series, but it's just done so well. For fans of Star Wars, I highly recommend this figure, particularly if you have or plan to get their Darth Vader figure.