REY – ISLAND JOURNEY
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI (HASBRO)
There she is! I found her! I found Rey!
Ah, remember the good old days when not being able to find a toy of the main character was the most polarizing issue surrounding the new Star Wars movie? Back when the birds still sung and the sun still shined and Disney hadn’t “killed teh franchise”? I miss those days. On that oh so positive note, let’s look at this here Rey action figure. That won’t piss anyone off, right?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Rey (Island Journey) is the fourth of the six figures in the second Orange assortment of Hasbro’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi line. Also included in the set were R2-D2 and Jyn Erso, but they were similar enough to prior releases that I opted not to grab them, meaning Rey’s the last figure I’ll be looking at from the set. Rey has two distinct looks over the course of The Last Jedi. Today’s figure uses the Resistance look that carried forward from the end of The Force Awakens. The figure stands about 3 1/2 inches tall and has 7 points of articulation (she gets some sweet mid-arm motion, which proves very useful). Given the fact that this figure is replicating a look that is mostly identical to the one seen on the Resistance Rey figure, I was admittedly expecting for there to be at least some parts re-use between the two figures. That being the case, I was a bit surprised to find that this figure was an all-new sculpt. It is, in many ways, quite similar to the old one, but everything’s a little bit different. There’s the added articulation, of course, as well as an improved likeness on the head, and a holster that is now a separate add-on piece, rather than a sculpted part of the leg. Rey features two removable add-on pieces for her vest and her poncho. She’s wearing both when you take her out of the package, and that’s admittedly not the best look for the figure. To quote Tim “she looks like she’s wearing football pads.” It’s mostly due to all that thick plastic taking up way more space than actual clothes. I found that if you remove the vest when putting on the poncho it looks a lot better (that’s how I configured it for the shot at the top). Her paint work is fairly decently done overall. The application’s mostly pretty clean. There’s a small touch of slop on her chin, but that’s about it. The coloring of the vest and such has been tweaked from the last figure, making it more grey than tan, in order to reflect how the costume was lit in the film. Rey is packed with her blaster and the Skywalker lightsaber. She does *not* come with her staff, which was a little surprising, since she uses it quite a bit in this get-up. It’s also a little weird, because the last Resistance Rey didn’t have her standard staff either. Don’t know why that is.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Rey, like Luke, is another impulse buy. I was content with Resistance Rey and didn’t really like how bulky the poncho was. But then I saw her in person, and she looked a bit better, and there was a sale, and I’d just seen the movie, and I caved. I know. Bad Ethan. That said, I’m sort of glad I did. She’s an improvement on the last version in just about every facet. And, after realizing how much better she looks without the vest under the poncho, I can now create one what is probably my favorite Rey look. This is the sort of figure I can see a lot pf people skipping, but she was certainly a pleasant surprise to me!