DJ – CANTO BIGHT
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI (HASBRO)
Star Wars: The Last Jedi saw the return of a lot of old favorites, but, like it’s predecessor, The Force Awakens, it saw a handful of new character introductions as well. The biggest standout by far was definitely Kelly Tran’s Rose Tico, but I also quite enjoyed Benicio Del Toro’s turn as the roguish hacker commonly referred to as “DJ” (which isn’t actually a name; it’s merely a shortening of his credo “Don’t Join”). But then, again, I generally enjoy in Benico Del Toro in just about any role. Except maybe Sicario… Getting side-tracked. Here’s this figure!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
DJ is part of the second Orange assortment of Hasbro’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi line. He’s the only unique character this time around, but I feel like we’ll at least be seeing a Holdo at some point down the line. The figure stands 4 inches tall and he has 5 points of articulation. I was a little bummed that his hands don’t move at the wrists, especially since they’re already separate pieces, and Luke got those joints. I like consistency. DJ is sporting an all-new sculpt, which is a pretty solid piece of work. The likeness on the head is perhaps not a spot-on likeness of Del Toro, but it’s close enough that you can tell who it’s supposed to be. I think it’s the nose that throws it off; it’s a bit too up-turned, like one of the Whos from the live-action Grinch movie. The body sculpt has nicely balance proportions, and there’s some really amazing texturing on his jacket. If I had one complaint, it’d be the collar. In the movie, DJ tended to have it somewhat popped and disheveled, but here it’s flat against the rest of the jacket. He does have it like that occasionally in the film, but it’s not what I’d pick as my ideal look for him. The paint on DJ is decent enough. The colors are rather dull, but that’s accurate, and the application’s all pretty clean where it needs to be. For the first time…well, pretty much ever, actually, Hasbro’s done a halfway decent job of giving DJ that appropriately scruffy facial hair. It certainly looks better than any of their attempts at Poe’s, that’s for sure. DJ is packed with a blaster pistol, which is rather involved and probably one of my favorite blasters from this line. He’s also Force Link compatible. The line’s I got were “I can get you out of here if the price is right,” “I’m a thief by trade,” and “Let’s get this over with,” all in a voice that is undoubtedly not Benicio Del Toro at all.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
While Luke was an impulse buy, DJ was one I was definitely planning to grab, though he was most certainly helped by the fact that I found him the day after seeing the movie. There are some slight issues with the likeness, but beyond that he’s a pretty fantastic figure of an intriguing character. Also, I think this might actually be the first Benico Del Toro figure, so that’s pretty cool, right?