POE DAMERON & FIRST ORDER SNOWTROOPER OFFICER
STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE (HASBRO)
Last Friday was Rogue Friday, Hasbro’s second attempt at the whole “Force Friday” thing they tried last year. It marked the official launch of all of the Rogue One-related products. However, in light of the fiasco that was last year’s Force Friday event, most stores decided to forego the midnight opening event, with only Toys R Us participating. Super Awesome Girlfriend and I headed over to the closest TRU last Thursday night, and I picked up an assortment of Rogue One products. Today I’ll be looking that the first of the bunch, Poe Dameron and the First Order Snowtrooper Officer. Why are Poe and a First Order Snowtrooper in the Rogue One line? Well, it’s because it’s been a well-kept secret of Rogue One actually involves the Snowtrooper Officer being sent back in time to kill Jyn Erso and prevent the birth of Resistance fighter Rey. The only hope of stopping him was the Resistance’s own Poe Dameron, sent back to protect her.
Wait. Sorry, that’s actually the plot of Terminator. My mistake. Right. Yeah, Poe and the Snowtrooper are just here because TFA product is still being released under the Rogue One banner, as is the case with most new Star Wars lines! I doubt Poe’s really going to be in the movie.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Poe and the Snowtrooper Officer are one of the three 2-packs in the first Battle-Packs assortment in the Rogue One line. Each line has one or two Force Awakens products peppered in and these two are that portion of the Battle-Packs.
I kinda love Poe Dameron. He’s easily my favorite part of TFA. So, I was pretty happy to see another Poe pop up with all the new figures. Of the three new main characters, Poe ended up with the most distinct looks. So far, we’ve gotten his jacketed look from the beginning of the film and his pilot look from later. The only one missing is his dress uniform from the very end of the film, which is the look this figure replicates. It’s admittedly a somewhat obscure look, since it’s really only seen in the one shot, but it’s cool to get it nonetheless. The figure stands a little under 4 inches tall and he has the basic 5-points of articulation that everyone should be accustomed to with these new Star Wars figures. Poe gets an all-new sculpt. That means we get yet another attempt at Oscar Isaac’s likeness for the head. It’s still not perfect, but I think this is the best version we’ve gotten from Hasbro yet. The rest of the body does a good job of translating the uniform we see on screen into action figure form, at least from the few reference shots I’ve been able to find (seriously, this is a short-lived look). One thing I do really like is that, even with it being a totally new sculpt, the pants and boots here are clearly the same ones on the jacketed figure. That’s consistency! The paint on this guy is alright, but not without issue. Sadly, most of those issues are on the head (again), mostly dealing with the hairline (again). It’s far from the worst paint I’ve seen from Hasbro, but it could definitely be better. On the plus side, at least he’s not as pale as some of the prior Poe figures! The paint on the body is pretty solid, as well, which is good. Poe includes a blaster pistol (the same as the one that came with his X-Wing pilot figure). He is also the figure in this set who gets the big honking missile launcher. Because Hasbro.
FIRST ORDER SNOWTROOPER OFFICER
Befitting the “VS” nature of the new two-packs, Poe’s pack-mate is a First Order Snowtrooper Officer. He’s pretty much the same figure as the First Order Snowtrooper (reviewed here), but with an added shoulder pauldron. That means he’s still about 4 inches tall and has those same 5 points of articulation as everyone else. The Snowtrooper wasn’t a bad figure, but I’ve never been super into the Snowtroopers in general, so getting yet another isn’t exactly blowing my mind. Seeing as Poe’s a pilot, wouldn’t a Tie Pilot be more appropriate? I don’t know. This guy has the same accessories as his predecessor, a blaster with an extended stock and a back pack.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
So, as noted in the intro, these guys came from Toys R Us’s midnight event for Rogue Friday. Last year’s event was kind of a bust, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect this time around, and only even decided to participate a day or so in advance. Super Awesome Girlfriend and I showed up at the closest TRU at about 11:30 last Thursday night, and we were only the third people in line. I had a very pleasant conversation with the two guys in front of me (both older fans who were amused that someone my age was out for such an event). At 12:01, the doors opened, I made my way to the action figure aisle, and picked up most of the figures I wanted, this set included. I even got a free t-shirt! A hugely improved experience over last year.
As far as the actual figures? Well, the Snowtrooper’s kind of blah, but I like the new Poe figure a lot. He might actually be my favorite of the smaller Poe’s we’ve gotten, even if he is in his briefly seen outfit from the end. Silver lining: now my TFA Leia isn’t all lonely in her final scene outfit!