KANAN JARRUS (IN STORMTROOPER DISGUISE)
STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE
For my last two entries in Star Wars week, I’ll be moving over to my newest Star Wars obsession, Star Wars: Rebels. I’ve been steadily making progress through the show (or at least I *was* until Disney XD took the first two seasons off of their site…), and have become familiar enough with the characters that I felt the need to own what I could in action figure form. Fortunately for me, there’s a nice helping of Rebels figures being mixed in with the Rogue One product, offering me the chance to pick up a few of the main characters. Today, I’ll be looking at the leader of the show’s band of merry Rebels, Kanan Jarrus!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Kanan is part of the first series of Hasbro’s smaller Star Wars: Rogue One line. He was one of the figures to hit on Rogue Friday, but seems to still be available in decent numbers two months after the fact, which is certainly a good thing. This is Kanan’s third figure (though his first figure was released quite a few times on its own), and it’s based on his appearance from the Season Two premier, after he steals a Stormtrooper’s armor. The figure stands about 4 inches tall and has the standard 5 points of articulation. Kanan has an all-new sculpt; he’s actually a little taller than the basic Rebels Stormtrooper, so I guess Kanan’s a little tall for a Stormtrooper. I like that he’s close enough to the normal trooper to pass, but different enough that we can easily identify it’s Kanan. The head sculpt is a fairly decent recreation of Kanan’s design from the show. It’s not perfect, but it’s close enough, and it certainly appears to be better than the prior versions of him. The shoulder pauldron is a separate piece (so he can be either a sand trooper or a basic Stormtrooper if you want), which sits a little weird on the body. His neck is also slightly on the long side in order to compensate for it. In general, the sculpt is pretty good, though. The paintwork on Kanan is pretty standard fare for recent Star Wars figures. Not incredible levels of detailing or anything, but he’s mostly pretty clean. He’s better than the basic Rebels trooper I have, so that’s definitely a good thing. Kanan includes his lightsaber, a blaster pistol, the helmet to match his armor (which fits surprisingly well, especially given his ponytail), and a big ol’ disk-launcher thing. Because Hasbro, I guess. He’s actually got one of the better accessory selections from this line, and really for the scale in general.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
So, after getting into Rebels, I realized what a horrible mistake passing up the two Rebels figures in the first series of Rogue One figures was. I went back to the Walmart across the street, and they still had both Kanan and Sabine, so I got them. Thrilling story, right? Kanan’s a cool figure to be sure, definitely one of the cooler figures from the initial Rogue One assortment.