JYN ERSO – JEDHA
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES
Alright, the 3 3/4-scale Rogue One stuff is done for now (though I’m sure there will be plenty more things for me to review, going by what Hasbro’s shown off in the last week), so we move on to the larger-scale Black Series stuff. As of late, it’s been a little difficult to say where this line was headed, what with a large chunk of the Force Awakens stuff either showing up too sparsely, or being too heavily packed. It looks like Rogue One might help getting things back on track. The first of the new figures is main character Jyn Erso, who I’m looking at today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Jyn is sort of taking the place of last year’s First Order Stormtrooper in regards to release style. She was first released as a preview item at this year’s SDCC, before being slotted into the regular release line-up. She’ll also be showing up as part of the Target-exclusive 3-pack with Cassian Andor and the Death Trooper Specialist some time next month. They all look to be the same figure, but for this review, I’m looking at the regular release figure. She’s part of the first series of Rogue One-inspred Star Wars: The Black Series figures, and she’s figure #22, making her chronologically the first figure in the series. Yes, you read that number right, she’s #22, meaning Hasbro actually kept the number scheme for The Black Series for more than a year. And there was much rejoicing (yaaaaay.) Jyn here is wearing her Jedha outfit, which, from what we’ve seen in the marketing for the movie looks to be a fairly present look. The figure stands about 5 1/4 inches tall and she has 29 points of articulation. Jyn’s sculpt is fairly decent overall, and is certainly on par with what we’ve come to expect from The Black Series. The hood is kind of bulky and odd looking, but it’s not awful, and it can easily be removed, resulting in a superior figure. The underlying head sculpt is pretty decent, and bears more than a passing resemblance to Felicity Jones (though it’s not quite spot on). It’s a little softer than I might like, but it’s not awful. The body sculpt is also pretty great, with a nice set of proportions and some nice layering on the various clothes. The verst is technically removable, but since the arms still have the jacket sleeves on them, I can’t see many people removing it. The paintwork on Jyn is passable. It’s not anything amazing or anything, but it’s better than a lot of last year’s Black Series offerings, which is a nice improvement. If Hasbro could start adding a little bit of accent work here and there, I think the figures could be even better. Jyn’s only accessory is her blaster pistol (the same as the one included with her smaller-scale counterpart). It’s a little light given the price (and the fact that the same series features are re-issue of last year’s Rey, which has a staff, BB-8, and an added lightsaber), but hood makes up for it a bit.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Jyn was one of the first items I grabbed from TRU during their midnight opening. I didn’t know she’d be showing up in the Target set as well, or else I’d probably have held off on this particular release. That being said, she’s a solid figure, and a lot of fun to mess around with. There are worse things than owning two of a good figure, I suppose.