STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
While I generally liked the tie-in line of figures from The Force Awakens, there were definitely some figures that just didn’t turn out as well as they could have. In this respect, it’s somewhat fortunate that a number of characters have the same (or at least very similar) designs in The Last Jedi, thus giving us a second shot a few of those characters. For me, one of the biggest disappointments from the basic TFA line was General Hux, an entertaining character with a sub-par figure. Now he’s got a new figure, and hopefully this one’s a bit better.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
General Hux is another of the 11 basic figures in the first series of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. He’s from the Teal assortment, which houses some of the more secondary characters. Definitely appropriate for Hux. The figure stands about 4 inches tall and he has 5 points of articulation. This Hux has more or less the same design as the last figure, albeit minus the hat. Hux only had the hat sparingly in TFA, so I can’t say I mind its removal for this figure (in fact, I’m quite pleased to have him un-hatted; I was a little annoyed that both of his TFA figures had it permanently attached). Despite the largely unchanged design, this figure sports an all-new sculpt. And boy is that for the best. Perhaps my biggest complaint about the original Hux was how his greatcoat had been handled; sculpted to the figure and worked into the legs just looked really goofy. This figure instead gives him a separate jacket piece, which not only makes him more consistent with the other figures in this line (since short-jacketed characters such as Poe, Finn, and Han all had separate pieces for their jackets), but also just looks a ton better. As an added bonus, since the jacket is a separate piece and can be relatively easily removed, you can also get a pretty respectable sans-jacket look out of this figure. That’ll definitely come in handy should people want to put together a few First Order officers. Moving past the coat, the rest of the sculpt is pretty solid work as well. As with Kylo, I feel the skirt piece would look a tiny bit better if it were also a separate piece, but it looks decent enough separated onto the legs the way it is. The head sports a respectable likeness of Domhnall Gleeson, which is also fairly consistent with the face on the last Hux. The paint on Hux is all nice and clean. There’s not a ton of details, but there are enough. I definitely prefer the molded skin tone seen here to the painted face of the last figure, and I like the more clear-cut black of his uniform. Hux includes the same blaster as last time, but this time he also comes with a mouse droid, which is really fun. It even has working wheels! Also, like the others in this series, Hux has the new ForceLink feature, for those that are interested in such things.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I was rather excited to get the first Hux and was ultimately let down, so when this new Hux was announced, I was skeptical. I’d been burned before. When I found the figures early, I got a chance to look at him up close, and I was rather impressed by what I saw, so I definitely knew I’d be grabbing him on Force Friday. Hux is the sort of figure that’s easy to overlook in the chaos of all the new figures, but he’s a surprisingly strong addition to the line. Definitely worth checking out.