STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE
This Friday will see the release of the latest installment in the Star Wars franchise, Rogue One. In honor of the movie’s release, I’m going to be doing a week of Star Wars reviews to countdown to said release. “But Ethan, didn’t you just do a Star Wars week?” Listen you, if you’re just going to ruin my good time, you can just go read someone else’s toy review site! No. Stop. Come back.
All of this week’s reviews are coming straight from Hasbro’s various Rogue One product, but as we determined earlier, that doesn’t always mean that the figures are Rogue One-themed, strictly speaking. There’s a steady helping of Force Awakens product mixed in with all of the new stuff, including today’s figure, Rey!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Rey is part of the second series of Hasbro’s smaller-scale Star Wars: Rogue One line. She takes Kylo’s spot from Series One as the resident Force Awakens character in this particular line-up. We’ve gotten quite a few different Rey figures, and a lot of them look rather similar. What sets this one apart from the others? She’s got a new hat! Okay, it’s more of a head wrap thing. And, it’s not actually “new,” just in a different configuration from the last two times we saw it. This figure takes the Starkiller Base Rey and the Rey’s Speeder Rey and sort of averages the two looks, giving us a Rey that is sporting her head wrap and goggles, but one you can still see the face of. Perhaps not the most noteworthy look, but she does appear like this in the film, for like, seconds. Maybe even a whole minute! I look forward to the eventual wearing Poe’s/Finn’s Jacket Rey, that way I can have all three of the mains wearing the *same* coat! Oh, the continuity nightmare! The figure is about 3 3/4 inches tall and has the usual 5 points of articulation. The main body appears to be the same mold as the Starkiller Base Rey; it’s not a perfect mold, but there’s at least some consistency. My only real complaint is the thinness of the arms, but that’s minor. This figure gets an all-new head, as well as an add-on piece for the additional wrappings on her torso. The head is a pretty solid piece, and seems to have a slightly better likeness than the Starkiller figure. It’s not like it’s spot on, but it’s decent, and there’s plenty of solid work on the rest of the head to make the sculpt worthwhile. The torso add-on is a nice addition, mostly because it hides the slightly flat torso of the original Rey figure, and makes her look much more on par with the Rogue One stuff. As far as paint, Rey’s pretty standard fare. She’s got all the right base colors, and everything’s pretty clean. She’s the sort of figure that might be benefited by some accent work to bring out more of the sculpted details, but I guess this way she matches up with the rest of the line. Rey includes her staff, a back pack, and, of course, the requisite giant missile launcher. The launcher is patterned after her speeder, so I guess that’s kinda cool.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
So, against our better judgement, my family, Super Awesome Girlfriend, Tim, Jill, and I all went out early Black Friday (well, late Thursday, I guess). Rey was not purchased at this time, because oh gosh the insanity. Instead, I got her when we went back out much later on Friday, when things had calmed down. This isn’t a Rey figure I knew I wanted, but I gotta say, I was pretty excited to find her. Sure, she’s in that weird area of not really being a default Rey, but also being really similar to the default Rey, but she’s actually a pretty fun figure, and a great way for Hasbro to get the character out there one more time.