CAPTAIN CASSIAN ANDOR
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“An accomplished Alliance Intelligence officer, Captain Cassian Andor commands respect from his Rebel troops with this ability to keep a cool head under fire and complete his missions with minimal resources.”
Poor Cassian seems to keep drawing the short straw on the action figures. Jyn’s main looks were covered as widely-released single-packed figures. We got a single-packed version of Cassian in both main scales, but they were both sporting his Eadu attire, which he only wears for short periods of the film. For whatever reason, Cassian’s main brown-jacketed look has been primarily limited to larger multi-packs. The only version of that design to be released on his own is today’s focus figure, who was still a rather difficult to find exclusive.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Cassian is the second of the four figures in the Walmart-exclusive Rogue One assortment of the small-scale Star Wars: The Black Series line. The figure stands about 4 inches tall and he has 28 points of articulation. Like Jyn, Cassian’s articulation is a significant step up from what we saw with the Force Awakens figures, making for a much more playable figure. He sports an all-new sculpt, which is definitely one of Hasbro’s finest, especially at this scale. Prior Cassian’s have really struggled to capture Diego Luna’s likeness, but I think this one just about nailed it. It’s really not wildly different from the previous sculpts, but there are subtleties that just make all the difference. The body does feel a little on the bulky side for Cassian (I think the two-pack/U-Wing figure may have gotten the build down better), but the detail work is definitely top notch, with the jacket in particular really impressing me. I also appreciate that the joints don’t stick out like sore thumbs on this guy. Bad integration of the joints was a really issue on the Force Awakens figures, and I’m really happy to see them moving past it. Cassian’s paint is largely pretty good, barring a few small issues. It’s definitely cleaner than the two-pack version, and the eyes/eyebrows in particular are very clean and well-placed. That can be really tricky, and was something that marred both my Poe and Han figures from the prior assortments. My one really complaint with this guy is the beard. It still isn’t quite right for Cassian; they keep giving him a full goatee, when it should really be a lot less pronounced on the sides. Still, that’s quite minor, and it looks better here than on prior figures. In a similar fashion to Jyn, Cassian includes his modular blaster, which can be broken down into three parts. Of course, this is more key for Cassian, since we actually see his full blaster in action in the movie. The stock is a little loose and prone to falling off, but I’m otherwise quite impressed with how well they executed this blaster’s design.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I had wanted this version of Cassian as soon as it was shown, but I was unfortunately unable to find him anywhere at retail at the time of his release. That’s really the main reason I ended up grabbing the TRU-exclusive one, since I didn’t want to be without this particular look for Cassian. I was thrilled to actually find this guy at retail last week, and at half-price too! Jyn was a fantastic figure, and Cassian manages to top her. This is a truly impressive figure, and hands down the very best version of Cassian out there. He rivals the larger K-2 figure for the spot of my favorite figure to come out of the Rogue One merch.