STAR WARS: TITAN HEROES (HASBRO)
Let’s talk disappointment. No, wait, that’s not quite right, let’s talk misplaced expectations and poor decision making. Shortly after the release of The Force Awakens last year, social media became aflutter with the hashtag #wheresrey. After seeing the film, a number of people wanted to rush out and buy figures of Rey, the film’s unquestionable lead. Unfortunately, as far as conventional figures went, there weren’t really any Reys to be found. No figures of the main character on shelves? Foul villainy must be afoot! …maybe not quite. See, it’s important to note that #wheresrey started cropping up about a week after the film’s release. Now, right after a film’s release, it’s not uncommon for figures from that movie to become a little scarce (for instance, a week after Pacific Rim came out, the figures were gone from shelves and commanding as much as three times their retail value on the aftermarket). On top of that, the week after the movie came out, we also had this little event called Christmas, which has a tendency to leave toy aisles rather barren. So, maybe expecting to find a ready supply of figures of the main character of one of the biggest movies of the decade the week of Christmas wasn’t the most realistic expectation. That’s not to say Hasbro did everything spot-on, mind you. While they did put out a number of Rey figures, she (and all the main characters barring Kylo in the 3 3/4-inch line and Finn in the 6-inch line) was only available in the initial assortments of figures, released three months prior to the movie. What really kicked off the whole hashtag, though, was Rey’s absence from the Target-exclusive Titan Heroes 6-pack (and really, Titan Heroes as a whole). Now, there are a number of credible reasons she was left out of this set, but ultimately, it’s the sort of thing that Hasbro should have avoided (and is looking to avoid in the future, if Rogue One has been any indication). To their credit, one of the earliest items Hasbro released following the film’s release was a Titan Heroes version of Rey, who I’ll be looking at today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Rey was released in the second round of Force Awakens-based Star Wars: Titan Heroes, alongside a Stormtrooper Finn and the Fifth Brother from Rebels. She’s wearing her Jakku gear that she spends the vast majority of the film wearing. The figure stands just under 12 inches tall and she has 7 points of articulation. Structurally, Rey is rather similar to her first 3 3/4 inch figure. The only real difference is the size and the actual materials being used. She’s made of a much harder plastic than the smaller figures, and her torso and legs are hollow, which makes her slightly weird feeling (and also a bit creaky when you move her). Aside from being rather stiff, the sculpt on this figure is actually pretty strong. The head is definitely the best part, and it gives us Hasbro’s best Ridley likeness so far. It’s really spot on, in part, I think, because the strands of hair in front of her ears didn’t have to be sized up quite as much and thus don’t look like dreads or curls or something. The rest of the body is all pretty solid work; not Hot Toys level or detail or anything, but still solid. The paintwork on this figure is actually pretty impressive. The base color work is all strong, but I think the best part is the subtle accent work on the skin-toned areas. There’s just the slightest bit of a red hue there, and it makes her look incredibly lifelike. There are still a few spots of bleed over here and there, and it’s worth noting that the harder plastic makes this figure more susceptible to paint scuffs, but for a $10 figure, this is pretty great work. Rey included her staff, which, thanks to the wrist swivels, she can actually hold with two hands, albeit rather awkwardly.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I have to admit, because of the whole #wheresrey thing, I ended up buying just about every Rey I could get my hands on just to prove a point, and this figure was included. I don’t actually have any of the other figures in this style, but beyond the novelty of it being another Rey figure, this figure really surpassed my expectations, and, from what I’ve seen looking at the other figures in stores, the quality of the rest of the line as a whole.