CASSIAN ANDOR & IMPERIAL STORMTROOPER
STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE (HASBRO)
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THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Cassian and the Stormtrooper are a Toys R Us-exclusive two-pack, which started hitting in early January of this year. Really, the only exclusive part of the set is pairing; both featured figures have (more or less) been released elsewhere, with Cassian being included with the U-Wing and the Trooper being a standard Series 1 release.
This guy’s really the main reason I grabbed this set, since I never picked up the U-Wing. Thus, my only small-scale Cassian was the Eadu version I looked at back in December, which wasn’t my favorite. This figure stands a little under 4 inches tall and has the standard 5 points of articulation. Where I felt the last Cassian was sporting one of the line’s weakest sculpts, I think this may be one of the better ones. The build is appropriately scrawny, and more in line with Diego Luna’s build than the other Cassian figures have been. The details on the clothing are also really crisp and sharp, which is especially good given the scale. The face still isn’t a spot-on Luna likeness, but it’s probably the best one of the bunch, certainly better than the Black Series sculpt. A slightly better paint job might due its share to fix the resemblance, I suppose. Speaking of the paint, it’s not terrible. In fact, going by reports online the cleanness of the application on this figure is much better than that of the U-Wing figure, which gives this particular version a leg up. There are still some parts, the beard in particular, that could stand to be a little more consistent, but at this scale and given the rest of the line, this is pretty good. Cassian includes his small blaster pistol (sadly, it’s solid silver plastic, a bit of a step-down from the Series 2 figures). There’s also yet another grapple contraption and a big missile launcher, which I’m lumping in with Cassian, but could honestly go with either included figure.
Remember my review of the Rogue One Series 1 Stormtrooper? Yeah, this is pretty much the exact same figure. Not that I’m complaining, of course. I loved the figure the first time around, and as a troop builder, it’s the sort of figure that I don’t mind having multiples of on the shelf. There are some slight changes in the paint; he ends up somewhere between the single version and the one packed with Baze. He’s got the black details on the abdomen that the single release was missing, but still lacks the details on the back of the helmet. The figure sports the same accessory compliment as the single release: the blaster and the chest-piece. The pauldron is white this time instead of orange, which is a nice change for variety’s sake, though it’s not like I’ll actually be displaying him with that piece in place.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Big shock, I got this here Toys R Us-exclusive from a Toys R Us, back in early January. I’d been patiently waiting for its release, since I wanted a brown-jacket Cassian, and didn’t really want the U-Wing (especially after seeing how small a role it played in the final film). There’s not really anything new here, but its certainly still a fun little set, especially if you haven’t been following the line super closely.