CAPTAIN POE DAMERON
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“It takes defiant courage to stare down the threat of the First Order, and while Captain Poe Dameron is eager to fight, he worries that some of the Resistance leadership don’t have what it takes.”
What’s this? Another Poe Dameron figure? On this site? Gadzooks, what a shock!
Okay, all joking aside, yes, I’m looking at another Poe Dameron figure today. Now, this is in part because I just really like Poe and therefore want as many figures of him as possible, but it’s also because every single Poe figure released so far has been compromised in some way. So, let’s see how the latest fares, shall we?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Captain Poe Dameron is part of the second assortment of The Last Jedi-themed assortment of Star Wars: The Black Series. He’s figure #53, placing him right after Leia, and he’s also the first proper Last Jedi Black Series figure I’ve looked at on the site. As the rank in the name may have clued you in, this Poe is sporting his brand new jacketed look. It’s the more obviously different of his two main looks from this film, so it makes sense for this release. The figure stands about 6 inches tall and he has 27 points of articulation. It’s an all-new sculpt, which I’d definitely say is for the best. Not only does the design not have much overlap with prior Poe designs, the last two Poes in this scale were also not super great when it came to sculpts. In particular, Hasbro’s had a lot of trouble nailing down Oscar Isaac’s likeness, especially on the larger figures. Without a doubt, this figure has the best Isaac sculpt we’ve seen to date. It’s still not 100% there, but it’s definitely close. I think the thing that really sells it for me is the nose. Isaac has a very distinctive nose, and I think this figure really gets that down. Not to be outshone by the head sculpt, the body’s got some pretty awesome detail work going on. Gone are the issues with odd spots of softness like we saw with the prior Poes. Paint on this figure is also a notable improvement on the prior figures, but given just how bad the last two Poes were in that department, it means there’s still a bit of room for improvement. The basic paint is way cleaner, and the details have a very pleasant tendency to not totally miss the spots where they’re supposed to go. Hasbro still seems very much perplexed by how to handle Poe’s slight stubble. It’s still way to dark (at least on my figure; there’s a good degree of variance from figure to figure), but at least it doesn’t look like he just slathered solid grey paint on his face. It certainly helps the likeness to shine through a little bit better. Poe is packed with his smaller blaster pistol, which is actually painted all of the correct colors this time. I wouldn’t have minded a little bit more, but it’s better than nothing.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I got Poe as the same time as yesterday’s Leia. As much as I can appreciate the prior figures for what they are, they definitely left a little to be desired. Early shots of this figure didn’t look much better, but once in-hand photos started showing, I definitely knew I wanted one! The figure still has a few minor problems, but he’s hands down the best version of Poe to date.