JYN ERSO – EADU
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES
And we’re back with the Rogue One toys! Alright, alright. After the initial surge of product for the September 30th “Rogue Friday” event, there’s been a slow trickle of additional products making their way out over the course of the last month or so. Everyone and their mother seems to be getting in on the store-exclusives for this one, including K-Mart, who presumably wanted another chance to send out shampoo to those poor customers who try ordering their exclusive online (genuine flip side question: do you think there’s someone out there who opened a box expecting some Head & Shoulders and instead found themselves with only a Jyn Erso to treat their dry, itchy scalp?) I’ll be looking at the K-Mart-exclusive Jyn Erso today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
As noted in the intro, Jyn is a K-Mart-exclusive, but more specifically, she hails from the popular Star Wars: The Black Series line by Hasbro. Jyn follows the K-Mart exclusive trend started by Starkiller Base Kylo and Rey, being a standard-sized Black Series figure packed with a large environment base/diorama. Unlike the prior two, however, the actual Jyn figure is more than just a simple repack of her non-exclusive figure, but is rather a (mostly new) figure based on her Eadu look. The figure is about 5 1/4 inches tall and she has 29 points of articulation. She shares her lower half, hands, and possibly her torso (it’s hard to tell) with the Jedha version of Jyn, which, given what we’ve seen of the two designs, is accurate. In addition, she gets a new head, arms, and an add-on for her poncho. There’s also a removable hat and breathing mask. Unlike the hood from the Jedha figure, the removable pieces here don’t feel overly bulk or out of place. That being said, that’s likely because (especially in the case of the hat), she wasn’t really meant to be seen without those pieces. It’s still a much more pleasant end look, though. The new pieces on Jyn are all nicely sculpted, and match up with the smaller Eadu Jyn in terms of specific details. The new head has a stronger resemblance to Felicity Jones. I’m not sure if that’s specifically the sculpt or the paint, but I feel this figure just looks more immediately like her. It’s kind of too bad she’s got hat hair, or else I might suggest swapping this head onto the Jedha version. One of my more minor issues with the Jedha Jyn was that, while her paint work was clean, it was rather bland in terms of accent work. Fortunately, this Jyn does a lot to fix that, offering a much wider variation of color on her poncho, and making her look less like a cartoon and more like a real person. There’s still some room for improvement, but she’s generally a step up from the regular release. This Jyn includes the same blaster pistol as her Jedha counterpart, as well as a collapsed version of her baton we’ve seen from the trailers (which she can hand from her poncho), a Stormtrooper rifle, and the previously mentioned environment base, which is made to look like a rocky cliff of sorts (if the Kylo/Rey pairing from last year is any indication, we’ll probably be seeing another figure shortly after the movie with a corresponding base). Those accessories, along with the removable hat and breathing mask, mean that this Jyn feels like a much better deal than the standard retail version, even at $5 more.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Some K-Marts got this figure on Rogue Friday (some even got it a bit earlier). The K-Mart nearest me may have, but they decided to open late that Friday morning, so I went to Target instead. I ended up hitting the store up a week later, which got me this figure. Yay. Honestly, I’m wishing more and more that I’d just skipped the standard Jyn. She’s not bad, but this figure’s just much better (and I’m gonna end up with another standard Jyn anyway, due to the Target set). If you just want one Jyn figure, I wholeheartedly recommend this one if you can find it. She’s easily the coolest version of the character on the market. She’s even worth stepping into a K-Mart to get her!