KYLO REN – UNMASKED
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES
Alright, let’s keep moving on with the Rogue One stuff. Today we’ll be looking at…Kylo Ren? Okay, I used my bad Terminator rip-off joke with the Poe set at the very beginning, so I can’t use it here. Ummm…here’s Kylo Ren?
Kylo seems to be a rather polarizing character. It seems that most either love him or despise him. I fall into the first category, but can sort of understand people in the second. I chalk my enjoyment of him up to his being perhaps the greatest onscreen portrayal of Dr Doom to date, in everything but name. Anyway, Kylo’s gotten himself another figure, and I’m reviewing that figure today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Kylo Ren is the last figure in the first set of Rogue One-based Star Wars: The Black Series figures (the set is technically Series 7 of the Force Awakens stuff, which explains his present here). He’s figure #26, and he’s the highest numbered Black Series figure to date, which is cool I suppose. This Kylo was previously available at this year’s Celebration event, with a couple of extra pieces not included here, but this is his first main retail release. The figure is about 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 26 points of articulation. For the most part, this figure is the same as last year’s #03 Kylo. The only difference between the two is the head, which is unmasked this time around (as denoted by the figure’s name). The head offers a pretty good likeness of actor Adam Driver, looking just as pouty as he should. The head fits well on the body, and looks the part, so no complaints here. The body is alright; I still have my issues with the cloth parts, but I’ve come to terms with them now. As far as paint goes, most of the changes are once again on the head, which is handled pretty well, though his skin is really pale. The only change to the body is on the gloves, which have been given a shiny finish here, which actually makes the figure look a little better. The exclusive Kylo had a lot of extras, including a First Order flag, Vader’s helmet, and an extra helmeted head. This figure lacks those. All he gets is two versions of his lightsaber. Instead of the removable blade version from the first figure (which was technically inaccurate), he gets one with a permanently affixed blade and one without.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I hadn’t initially planned on Kylo being one of my Rogue Friday purchases. In fact, I passed him up at TRU’s midnight opening (well, initially, anyway. Then he was gone by the time I got back). However, when I picked up the Death Trooper, this guy was sitting there too, and I just kind of wanted him. I’m actually quite glad I picked him up, because he makes a few nice changes to the prior Kylo, and is just a really fun figure all-around.