#1302: Sergeant Jyn Erso

SERGEANT JYN ERSO

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)

“A highly skilled soldier in the Rebel Alliance, Jyn Erso is an impetuous, defiant warrior eager to bring the battle to the Empire.  Jyn has little patience for debate within Alliance High Command, enough that she takes matters into her own hands.”

Remember back last year when I reviewed those special smaller-scale Black Series figures based on the characters from The Force Awakens?  Well, Hasbro also did a set of those for Rogue One, albeit a more concise one.  They were a bit more difficult to find, since stores seem to still be swimming in the last few series just prior.  I did manage to finally track down some of them, including that set’s version of the film’s primary protagonist, Jyn Erso!

THE FIGURE ITSELF

Jyn is one of the four figures from the Rogue One-themed assortment of the smaller-scale Star Wars: The Black Series line.  She hit in late November (well, in theory) and, like all of the small-scale Black Series figures since The Force Awakens, she’s a Walmart exclusive.  The figure stands about 3 1/2 inches tall and she has 24 points of articulation.  I’m happy to report that they seem to have realized how difficult to pose some of the Force Awakens figures were, and have reworked the articulation scheme for the Rogue One offerings.  While I’m still not totally sold on the hip joints, the overall poseablity really great.  This figure sports an all-new sculpt, and she’s notable for being a Jyn look that we hadn’t yet gotten in plastic form.  Granted, it’s just a slight variation of the main look that we’ve gotten in both the small and larger scales; it’s her main Scarif look, which is her vested look, but without the underlying green jacket that she’s had on the prior vested figures.  All of the Black Series Jyn figures have had rather nice sculpts, and this figure is no exception.  I honestly think it’s the best Felicity Jones likeness of the bunch (this was also true of the Rey figure from this line), and the body sports halfway decent proportions, which is good for this line.  The vest is a removable piece; she looks a bit off with it removed, but it’s nice to have the extra option.  The paint work on Jyn is quite good for the scale; there’s not a ton of super intricate work, but the application is all pretty clean, especially on the face.  There’s some slight slop here and there, but I find it to be lot better than earlier figures in this style.  Jyn is packed with her small blaster pistol, along with two attachments for it to be converted into a sniper rifle configuration.  It’s not something we saw in the film, but it did show up in Battlefront, and it’s a cool concept.  Certainly a better extra than yet another giant missile launcher.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

This particular series of figures *mostly* eluded me at retail.  Jyn was the one figure that I actually saw.  In fact, I saw about ten of her right after Christmas, but since she was all alone and there were so many of her, I figured I’d wait.  Of course, then I didn’t see her or any of the other figures anywhere for the next five months, so I figured I’d missed my window.  Last week, I was killing some time while Super Awesome Girlfriend, and I happened upon a whole rack of the smaller Black Series figures, Jyn included.  For half-price no less!  I had resigned myself never to find her, but I’m super happy to have found her.  Genuinely the best version of Jyn on the market, and a marked improvement over the so-so Walmart-exclusive Force Awakens figures.

#1119: Jyn Erso – Eadu

JYN ERSO – EADU

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES

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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

jynbseadu3As 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 jynbseadu4poncho.  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 jynbseadu6got 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!

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1088: Jyn Erso – Jedha

JYN ERSO – JEDHA

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES

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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

jynbs2Jyn 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.

#1086: Imperial Ground Crew

IMPERIAL GROUND CREW

STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE

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It’s long been excepted that Star Wars toys will cover virtually every character to grace the screen (even ice cream maker guy), no matter how minor their role or how mundane their position.  With that in mind, you know those guys who stand out on airport runways with the illuminated cones and guide the planes in when it’s dark?  Well, today, I’m looking at the Star Wars equivalent.  Yes, it’s the Imperial Ground Crew, who I’m sure we all sort of knew existed, but never really thought they’d give any serious coverage to on screen.  But hey, here’s an action figure of them.

THE FIGURE ITSELF

groundcrewro2The Imperial Ground Crew figure is part of the first series of Star Wars: Rogue One small-scale figures, and is in fact the last of the figures in the series to be based on Rogue One (with the last three figures being based on Rebels and The Force Awakens.)  The figure stands about 3 1/2 (the same height as a certain main character released in this series.  I’ll touch on that in just a bit) and has the same 5 points of articulation as most of the line.  In terms of construction and build, the Ground Crew member is noticeably shorter and slighter in build than the other Imperial figures in the line, which seemed a bit odd to me at first.  However, a closer examination and comparison to the Series 1 Jyn figure revealed that she and this figure share a very similar body type.  So, I pulled up the teaser trailer and, sure enough, this figure is sporting the uniform we see Jyn wearing at the end, and the neck peg on this figure is even compatible with the Jyn figure I have (though, to be truly accurate, she shouldn’t have the hat/goggles).  Hasbro just recently showed off the prototype to a disguised Jyn figure that makes use of the same body as this figure.  That poses an interesting question: is this figure meant to be Jyn, or perhaps the specific Crew member Jyn steals her uniform from.  And, with that in mind, would the build of this figure indicate that we actually have a decidedly female trooper for the ranks?  That would certainly be cool if true, and would make Jyn’s infiltration in the film all the more believable.  Anyway, all that aside, the sculpt on this figure is pretty decently handled. The armor’s detailing looks similar to what we’ve seen of the uniform so far, and is also in keeping with pre-existing Imperial designs, which is certainly a good thing.  It’s also been pointed out that, for once, the groundcrewro3straight-armed nature of the less articulated figures actually works pretty well with a figure’s intended purpose, namely directing aircraft.  As far as paint goes, the Ground Crew figure is pretty good overall, but has one notable issue: the color of the jumpsuit.  Images we’ve seen from the movie show the whole thing to be a pretty consistent black, but here the jumpsuit is a dark grey instead.  It’s possible this is a case of what you see on screen vs. how it actually looks  in person (Han’s Hoth coat in ESB and the jumpsuits in Ghostbusters are good examples of this), in which case it’s not really Hasbro’s fault, since they would be working from the actual designs, not the final film.  On the plus side, there’s some pretty solid small detail work here, especially on the two Imperial logos.  The Ground Crew figure includes a pair of batons, which can be held or stowed on the figure’s back.  The figure also has a big goofy jetpack thing, but it’s worth noting that it’s actually a lot more fun than other gimmick accessories from the line.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

Like yesterday’s Stormtrooper, this figure comes from my second round of Rogue Friday purchases, and was mostly picked up so I’d be eligible for the promotion Target was running.  I actually didn’t think much of this figure at first, but after opening it up and messing with it a bit, I really like it.  Sure, it’s not as exciting a figure as, say, K-2, but it’s a solid addition to the line nonetheless.

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#1082: Jyn Erso – Eadu

JYN ERSO – EADU

STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE

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Okay, so yesterday was technically the start of my Rogue One coverage, but the two figures covered there were both from The Force Awakens, so there wasn’t really a lot of new ground covered (especially since I’d already looked at both characters before).  Today, we really get started with the Rogue One stuff, kicking it off with one of the figures of the film’s main character, Jyn Erso, self-declared rebel.  In what is undoubtedly an attempt to avoid another #wheresrey type of controversy, Hasbro has made sure to get all manner of Jyn products out right out of the gate, with even more in the pipeline for later release.

THE FIGURE ITSELF

jyneadu2Jyn is part of the first series of Star Wars: Rogue One 3 3/4-inch figures.  She is one of the three Jyn figures Hasbro put out on Rogue Friday.  From what we’ve seen in trailers for the film, Jyn has several distinct looks over the course of the film.  This figure is based on her Eadu look.  It says so on the package.  Presumably, Eadu is one of the planets that Jyn and her team travel to.  It’s not a look we’ve seen a lot of in the trailers, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see more of it in the movie. The garb she’s wearing here looks somewhat similar to the Endor gear from Jedi, so it’s consistent with he time period she’s supposed to be a part of.  The figure is just over 3 1/2 inches tall and she has 7 points of articulation.  I know, a whole two extra points of articulation!  It’s a Christmas miracle!  The extra movement is placed at her wrists, and very well hidden.  I almost didn’t realize it was there.  Jyn’s sculpt is about on par with the output from TFA, which is to say she’s very well proportioned and has a lot of fun little details.  The hat is a permanently attached piece, which isn’t a shock at this scale.  That might be more annoying were we not getting a whole slew of Jyn figures, but it’s acceptable in this case.  It’s hard to really say whether she looks like Felicity Jones, given just how small the head is, but she doesn’t look UNlike Jones, so I guess that’s good.  The main poncho piece is a separate piece of softer plastic, which has been glued in place (so it’s not coming off).  She’s sporting a breathing mask just like the ones used by Han, Leia, and Chewy in Empire.  It’s mostly just there as an extra bit of detail, but I guess you can get her to wear it if you want.  It’s a cool piece, but the tank part of it is glued to the poncho, right under her left arm, which means her arm is permanently stuck out just a bit.  All in all, not a bad sculpt, though.  The paintwork here is decent, and once again about on par with the TFA line.  She’s rather on the dull side, colorwise, but that’s accurate to what we’ve seen from the source material.  The eyes are a bit high-set, but other than that, the placement looks pretty good.  Jyn is packed with a blaster pistol, which she can either hold or place in her holster.  She also includes a large missile launcher, because, hey, Hasbro.  This one’s actually not terrible, and it’s certainly better than the build-a-thingies included with TFA figures.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

Like Poe and the Snowtrooper, Jyn came from my trip to TRU’s midnight opening.  I wasn’t exactly sure which versions of Jyn we’d be seeing, but seeing as this was the only small-scale Jyn available, this was the one I got.  I actually like this look quite a bit, and though the figure isn’t perfect, she’s still pretty cool.  And, even if the movie totally blows, she’s still a pretty cool Rebel trooper, which I can certainly get behind.