Sabine Wren, the rebel cell Ghost crew’s artistic Mandalorian gets an updated treatment from Hasbro for it’s Star Wars Black Series action figure.

From her first release in 2016, Hasbro has improved on her with several re-issues since 2020. How does she fare with the update, read on to know more and what we have to say in this review!

About the Figure

Hasbro The Black Series Review – Sabine Wren Star Wars: Rebels Scouting

So glad the range finder is movable

The first version was released in 2016, back when Hasbro still didn’t use their Photo Real technology. Sabine was packed in the typical Black Series style of packaging. Her original look wasn’t liked by many, if not all, due to how her eyes were painted with her almost looking like a snake demon of sorts.

4 years later in 2020, Hasbro updated the whole Rebels crew and with that, the artistic Mandalorian received a much needed update with her receiving a new face sculpt and much needed paintjob. Her box comes in the new style reflecting her as part of set with a poster looking art on the side. She’s received another rerelease in Q1 of 2021 and we’re here to review just that.

Before we proceed, I would like to inform our dear readers that we do not have the first release, 2016, version of Sabine to fully compare her to side by side.

The Packaging

Hasbro The Black Series Review – Sabine Wren Star Wars: Rebels Box

New style of packaging reflective of the series she belongs

The box is the new trapezoid like design with purple color trims from the Rebels set she belongs to. The slanted side showcases an artwork of her, which if you own others from the same set, you can line them up and form a poster like display. The back has her short bio, while the bottom contains your usual warnings and choking hazard notices.

Contents and Accessories

Hasbro The Black Series Review – Sabine Wren Star Wars: Rebels Accessories

Just a few accessories, no jetpack 🙁

Sabine Wren comes with the few accessories which is the norm with The Black Series line:

  • 2x blaster pistols
  • Spray paint gun
  • Her signature Mandalorian helmet

Out of the Box and Details

Hasbro The Black Series Review – Sabine Wren Star Wars: Rebels Out of the box

A very slim figure

At first touch, Sabine felt fragile because of her slim figure, to the point I was worried she can’t be able stand on her won with such tiny feet. However, I was immediately proven wrong when I tried to have her stand on a flat surface.

She is capable of at least standing on her own even with the helmet on. But like other toys, you will eventually need a stand, otherwise a small nudge will knock her over. Sabine stands at about 5 and 7/8 inches (15 cm.) tall with her helmet on and 5 and 3/4 inches (14 cm.) without, which is a a few inches taller than her actual height but then again her boots are in those wedge soles.

Hasbro The Black Series Review – Sabine Wren Star Wars: Rebels Face Detail

Photo Real Technology!

The details on her are amazing, down to the paint splotches on her boots, bracers, helmet, to the decorations on her pauldrons and chest armor. Hasbro used their Photo Real technology on this version which really a great leap from the first release that had scary looking eyes.

The amount of detail they did for a mass produced figure is really commendable and it shows with how they treated Sabine Wren here.

Hasbro The Black Series Review – Sabine Wren Star Wars: Rebels Pauldrons

Fantastic job adding those details in!

Figure Articulation and “Poseability”

Head

Hasbro The Black Series Review – Sabine Wren Star Wars: Rebels head Tilt

She’s updated but still uses the older styles of head to neck joints

Starting off with Sabine’s head, she has an okay range of head motion. The head is connected on a ball joint and hinged on the neck allowing for small head tilts left to right with the forward and backward tilts being more in a greater range.

Her helmet also has a fun gimmick that’s common among Mandalorian action figures from the line and that would be the range finder moving up and down.

Hasbro The Black Series Review – Sabine Wren Star Wars: Rebels range finder gimmick

Yes, the range finder can move!

Arms

Hasbro The Black Series Review – Sabine Wren Star Wars: Rebels arms

Pretty good range for an older style Black Series model

Sabine’s arms have okay mobility as well. Her arms arms are attached to her torso by a hinge and pivot joint, allowing for a 360 spin of her arms.

Her elbows are also on a hinge and pivot joint making her able to do a decent bend, this is also the point where the lower arm spins 360. The wrists are also on the same style of hinge and pivot joint which really limits the motion of her hands.

Note that the left hand bends left and right from the wrist while the right hand moves up and down. This style of wrist and hand point of articulation is very common across Black Series figures.

Her torso is split in two parts and connected to each other by a pivot joint, making her able to spin her upper half in a 360 manner but since it’s on a hinge joint, she is unable to tilt side to side. There’s no hip point of articulation and this is where the body twists instead.

Hasbro The Black Series Review – Sabine Wren Star Wars: Rebels limb spread

Her arms (from the shoulder point) and legs (from the hip point) can spread out only this far with the arm motion being hindered by her pauldron and her legs with the hip cavity.

Legs

Hasbro The Black Series Review – Sabine Wren Star Wars: Rebels legs

Nope, can’t kick her own butt

Sabine’s legs are connected to the lower half of torso through another hinge and pivot joint and can only move as far as the cavity on the lower body allows her to due to that area being hard plastic limiting the forward and backward motion.

Going down, her thigh is separated in 2 with the upper and lower half connected by a pivot joint making this the point where the leg spins in 360. The knees are on a double hinge system  but still doesn’t let her to give a deeper bend to give that kicking-her-own-butt thing.

The foot has the same hinge and pivot style joint that connects it to her shins. It doesn’t really give other motions than a backward and not-so-forward bend (the shin armor prevents her foot from bending forward).

Comparison with the other Star Wars figures

Comparing her to the Black Series Han Solo (Bespin version), she does stand out compared to the retro style of the original trilogy characters.

Hasbro The Black Series Review – Sabine Wren Star Wars: Rebels with Han Solo

Luckily for Han, Sabine isn’t a bounty hunter, well not anymore that is.

Here’s Sabine side by side with a Bandai 1/12 scale PlaMo Imperial Storm Trooper and C3PO. Next to the trooper, she looks smaller but almost at the same height as C3PO.

Hasbro The Black Series Review – Sabine Wren Star Wars: Rebels Trooper and C3PO

One she’s shot at more than once and the other an ally

Next, here’s Sabine side by side with other Mandalorians: a Bandai PlaMo 1/12 Boba Fett and a 6-inch scale SHFiguarts THE Mandalorian. She looks rather small next to the 2 and rather plain, since she’s neither packing as much heat nor is she as armored as the other 2 Mandalorians.

Hasbro The Black Series Review – Sabine Wren Star Wars: Rebels Mandalorians

Another Mandalorian is always good, bad for the bad guys.

What You Need to Know

Hasbro The Black Series Review – Sabine Wren Star Wars: Rebels standing pose

This release is a reissue of the older Sabine Wren released in 2016 but with a better face sculpt and paint job. Let’s now break down the pros and cons.

Pros

  1. A remake of the older release Sabine Wren action figure, she’s more available even more.
  2. Photo real face, always a pro.
  3. The only 6 inch scale action figure of Sabine, you won’t find other companies making her.
  4. Amazing paint detail.
  5. A Mandalorian action figure!

Cons

  1. Limited points of articulation and motion.
  2. The only 6 inch scale action figure of Sabine, you’re stuck with just Hasbro’s The Black series and you’re stuck with her early episode look.
  3. A remake of the older release Sabine Wren action figure, nothing really changed except for her head sculpt and paint details.
  4. Only a few accessories, no jetpack which she got to use a lot in the show.

The Verdict

Hasbro The Black Series Review – Sabine Wren Star Wars: Rebels verdict

This Sabine Wren is a decent action figure and a rather good materialization of her in toy form. What takes away from her being a great figure is that she’s a reissue of the older one with the only advantage being her photo real face and much sharper paint job.

Her points of articulation weren’t updated so it still stays the same old style. Decent figure for around PHP 1,400 (original SRP is USD 19.99), not too pricey but cheap enough to justify the details and her points of articulation. If you’re looking to complete your Star Wars: Rebels character line, then she is a must-have. Otherwise you won’t be missing out if you don’t.

If you liked this review of Hasbro’s The Black Series Sabine Wren from the Disney TV show Star Wars: Rebels, check out our other action figure reviews and stay tuned for more Star Wars content!

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