STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
Pouty, brooding, and prone to temper tantrums, with a scarred face and a taste for pretty sick looking masks. No, I’m not talking about Darth Vader, or even my top dude Doctor Doom; today, I’m looking at the Star Wars universe’s newest black-clad-dude-with-attitude, Kylo Ben — sorry, Solo Ren — crap, I mean Kylo Ren! That’s the one!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Kylo is part of the Orange Assortment of the first wave of Star Wars: The Last Jedi figures. This figure debuts Kylo’s new The Last Jedi look. It’s not terribly far removed from his prior design. He’s ditched the outer skirt piece and the hood/scarf, in favor of a cape draped over his shoulders. Also, in a nice little subversion of expectations, rather than hiding his scarred face behind his mask, he’s got his scar out there for the whole world to see. The figure stands about 4 inches tall and has the usual 5 points of articulation. His sculpt is all-new to this figure, and it’s some pretty solid work overall. The head sports a pretty solid Adam Driver likeness. He’s sporting the scar he got from Rey during TFA’s final battle…in theory, anyway. The scar’s changed placement a little bit, because director Rian Johnson thought it looked better that way. More power to him on that. It’s not like scar placement’s really going to have a negative impact on the movie. The rest of the sculpt is pretty great. His clothes continue the trend of impressive texture work in these figures. His skirt piece is split for leg articulation. I’m iffy about it. It’s fine on characters like Luke or the Guard, who have longer skirt pieces, but for Kylo, I feel like a separate piece like we saw on Rey would make more sense. It’s minor, but a slight annoyance. One thing I quite like about this figure is how well they’ve recreated the slight hunch the Ren has. Prior figures have lacked this, and it hurt the resemblance a bit, but this figure’s got it down. Similar to Luke, Kylo has a removable cape included. It’s a pretty nice piece, and helps to add to his intimidation factor. He can’t really hold the saber while wearing it, though, so there’s a bit of compromise going on. Kylo’s paint is pretty basic; mostly it’s just variations of black. Everything’s pretty clean, though, and he’s accurate to the source, which is what’s important. In addition to the removable cape, Kylo also includes his trusty lightsaber, which looks to be the same as last time. Kylo is also ForceLink compatible, like the other figures in this line.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I skipped out on the initial small-scale Kylos last time, and ended up regretting it in the end. I definitely wasn’t planning to do that again this time. I got this guy from TRU at the midnight opening, without too much trouble (well, apart from him being flung at me). He’s got a few minor issues, but this is definitely a solid figure overall. Another win.