REY – RESISTANCE
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
I think it’s about time we had another theme week. And, since this is my site, my word is law, so here’s another Star Wars week! (That’s code for “Ethan’s been buying a lot of Star Wars stuff lately and sometimes it’s hard to space it all out).
Star Wars has long been keen on giving us lots of costume changes for the main characters (because it’s easier to sell more toys that way), and The Force Awakens did a little of that, giving each of the three main characters (and Han and Leia) at least two distinct looks. As luck would have it, however, the only character who could have both looks represented in the initial TFA assortments without violating Disney’s strict embargo on certain parts of the film was Poe. Now, for Finn, you could get his second look easily enough by swapping his head onto a standard Trooper, but this left poor Rey without a second figure until after the film’s release. To make matters worse, the assortment featuring her was held up by the second assortment not moving at retail, meaning it took today’s Rey figure as much 10 months to show up in some areas. That seems excessive.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Rey was released as part of the second “Forest” assortment of Hasbro’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens figures. She and the other two figures in the set technically hit in February, but as I noted in the intro, they didn’t arrive a lot of places until after the Rogue One stuff. Rey is presented here in her Resistance garb from the end of TFA. It’s only in the movie for like five minutes or so, but it’s there for the film’s final shots, and is a pretty sharp design in general, so it was begging for a figure. The figure stands about 3 1/2 inches tall and has the usual 5 points of articulation. Rey is head-to-toe a new sculpt; nothing re-used from her prior figures here. Across the board, this figure’s sculpt is a pretty substantial improvement over the Starkiller Base version. The proportions feel a bit more balanced, she doesn’t feel as frail, and the pose seems a bit more natural. The vest is an add-on piece, and it adds some depth to the figure. The head is probably the best Daisy Ridley likeness in the smaller scale (only the Titan Heroes figure is a challenger in terms of all the scales). It’s still not perfect, but it’s a lot closer, I think mostly because rather than upscale the strands of hair at the sides of her face so they wouldn’t break (and thus making them look like braids or something), they just left them off, which looks much more accurate at this size. Rey’s paint is generally pretty good, with one caveat on my figure. The basic scheme is nice, and matches alright with what we see on screen. There was some controversy about what the color of her vest should be, grey or tan. It seems Hasbro went with the color of the actual costume, and didn’t replicate the effect of the lighting from the film. It’s Han’s jacket all over again! The application is mostly pretty clean, but my figure’s missing most of the paint representing the bottom of the shirt at the top of her left leg. It’s really weird, because the app isn’t missing entirely; there’s a small sliver of it around the hip joint. Not sure how it ended up like that. Rey was packed with the blaster given to her by Han, Luke’s lightsaber, her staff, and a piece of the build-a-whatsit. The blaster’s definitely the coolest piece. The saber is neat too, though she never actually wields it ignited in this particular garb. The staff is frustrating because it’s worked into the build-a-thing, and so it’s got this big block right in the middle of it, which is really annoying. Sure, I’ve got several of them, but not everyone does.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve been on the lookout for this figure since January, to no avail. I refused to pay scalper prices for her, so I held out that I might find her in an actual store. Hasbro recently announced she’d be getting a re-release in a Target-exclusive 7-pack, so I figured that would be my ticket. As luck would have it, while I was up visiting my parents for Halloween, I went to pick up my comics, and my store had just randomly gotten in a case of this series (these would be the first Force Awakens figures they’ve gotten). So, hey, I’ve got a Resistance Rey! Yay! I really hope this is a sign of the series getting a wider release, because this is probably Hasbro’s best small-scale Rey.