CASSIAN ANDOR (EADU)
STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE
Perhaps the most glaring omission from the first 3 3/4 inch series of Hasbro’s Rogue One line was Diego Luna’s Cassian Andor. He got a 6-inch figure, and he was included in the big U-Wing set, but there was no basic single release for him. It’s not a huge surprise that he’s one of the main figures in the second assortment, albeit sporting a different look than the U-Wing figure (though it’s actually the exact same look as the 6-inch figure). So, was he worth the extra wait? Let’s find out.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
As noted above, Cassian Andor was released in Series 2 of Hasbro’s Star Wars: Rogue One line. Like his larger counterpart, he’s based on his Eadu look, which is a look rather reminiscent of the Hoth looks from Empire Strikes Back. It’s not a look we’ve seen him in very much in the trailers and such, but I suppose it’s just as valid as any, and it’s not like Cassian’s more prevalent brown-jacketed look isn’t getting it’s own share of figures in the coming months. The figure stands about 4 inches tall and he has the usual 5 points of articulation. Cassian is sporting a brand new sculpt, and while it’s decent enough, I think it’s one of the weaker sculpts from the Rogue One line. It’s possible that it’s because I saw this design on the Black Series figure first and that’s coloring my opinion, since this one is a bit simpler in terms of details. On its own, the sculpt is a passable translation of the design from the movie (from what I’ve seen, anyway). The proportions are decently balanced, and he does actually look like he’s wearing all of the appropriate layers (always a concern with the Hoth-style looks). The lower portion of the coat is a separate piece, glued in place. While I certainly don’t mind, I do kind of wish Hasbro could stick to either this style or the “cutting everything like a normal set of legs” style; the jumping back and forth makes the figures less cohesive. The hat isn’t removable like the larger figure’s was (though it is still a separate piece, just glued to the head), which isn’t a surprise at this scale, but it robs him of that extra look the other figure had. The likeness on the face still doesn’t look much like Luna to me; it’s looking like he’s the Oscar Isaac of this particular film in that respect. The overall stance of the figure is a little stiffer than I’d like, but it’s not awful. The paintwork on Cassian, like the sculpt, is certainly passable, but a little bit disappointing. A lot of the issues are on the face, specifically the beard, which is really, really inconsistent. For some reason, there’s this whole strip on the underside of his chin that’s just clean, unpainted flesh. It looks weird. Aside from that, the rest of the paint is okay, but a little on the drab side. Like so many others from this line, he really feels like he’d benefit from any sort of accent work. Cassian was packed with a small blaster and a zipline contraption. The zipline is a slightly different model than the one included with Sabine (though it works the same way), but it’s still a pretty cool accessory.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Remember how I got yesterday’s Rey figure? Yeah, same story for Cassian. Truth be told, this isn’t the Cassian I’ve been holding out for (that would be the jacketed one from the U-Wing, who’s set to be re-released in a two-pack sometime in the near future), but since I didn’t have the character at all in this scale, I felt sort of obligated. I know, I have no restraint. Ultimately, he’s not the most exciting figure, but I guess he’s not the worst thing ever.