SERGEANT JYN ERSO
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“A highly skilled soldier in the Rebel Alliance, Jyn Erso is an impetuous, defiant warrior eager to bring the battle to the Empire. Jyn has little patience for debate within Alliance High Command, enough that she takes matters into her own hands.”
Remember back last year when I reviewed those special smaller-scale Black Series figures based on the characters from The Force Awakens? Well, Hasbro also did a set of those for Rogue One, albeit a more concise one. They were a bit more difficult to find, since stores seem to still be swimming in the last few series just prior. I did manage to finally track down some of them, including that set’s version of the film’s primary protagonist, Jyn Erso!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Jyn is one of the four figures from the Rogue One-themed assortment of the smaller-scale Star Wars: The Black Series line. She hit in late November (well, in theory) and, like all of the small-scale Black Series figures since The Force Awakens, she’s a Walmart exclusive. The figure stands about 3 1/2 inches tall and she has 24 points of articulation. I’m happy to report that they seem to have realized how difficult to pose some of the Force Awakens figures were, and have reworked the articulation scheme for the Rogue One offerings. While I’m still not totally sold on the hip joints, the overall poseablity really great. This figure sports an all-new sculpt, and she’s notable for being a Jyn look that we hadn’t yet gotten in plastic form. Granted, it’s just a slight variation of the main look that we’ve gotten in both the small and larger scales; it’s her main Scarif look, which is her vested look, but without the underlying green jacket that she’s had on the prior vested figures. All of the Black Series Jyn figures have had rather nice sculpts, and this figure is no exception. I honestly think it’s the best Felicity Jones likeness of the bunch (this was also true of the Rey figure from this line), and the body sports halfway decent proportions, which is good for this line. The vest is a removable piece; she looks a bit off with it removed, but it’s nice to have the extra option. The paint work on Jyn is quite good for the scale; there’s not a ton of super intricate work, but the application is all pretty clean, especially on the face. There’s some slight slop here and there, but I find it to be lot better than earlier figures in this style. Jyn is packed with her small blaster pistol, along with two attachments for it to be converted into a sniper rifle configuration. It’s not something we saw in the film, but it did show up in Battlefront, and it’s a cool concept. Certainly a better extra than yet another giant missile launcher.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
This particular series of figures *mostly* eluded me at retail. Jyn was the one figure that I actually saw. In fact, I saw about ten of her right after Christmas, but since she was all alone and there were so many of her, I figured I’d wait. Of course, then I didn’t see her or any of the other figures anywhere for the next five months, so I figured I’d missed my window. Last week, I was killing some time while Super Awesome Girlfriend, and I happened upon a whole rack of the smaller Black Series figures, Jyn included. For half-price no less! I had resigned myself never to find her, but I’m super happy to have found her. Genuinely the best version of Jyn on the market, and a marked improvement over the so-so Walmart-exclusive Force Awakens figures.