REY – JEDI TRAINING
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES
“At long last, Rey has found Luke Skywalker, the last Jedi Master in the galaxy. Hoping to find a hero of legend, she must unlearn what she has learned as Skywalker challenges her expectations.”
Oh boy, this might offend some people, but you know what? I really liked The Last Jedi. It was a solid, thoroughly enjoyable film. Most importantly for any entry in the Star Wars franchise, it made me want to go out and buy some toys. And buy some toys I did. So, I’m gonna do a bit of a Star Wars week, because why not? Let’s start this whole thing off with a look at the new trilogy’s central figure, Rey!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Rey is figure 44 in the latest iteration of Hasbro’s Star Wars: The Black Series. There are actually a few different releases of the figure. The first was in the SDCC 2017 two-pack with Luke. She was then released solo during the Force Friday II product launch. All of the initial TLJ Black Series figures were rather scarce, so she was given another release as part of the latest assortment (the one that includes Rose and Snoke). While the first two are identical, the last release (which is the one I have) has one minor detail that differentiates her: the small cut on her right shoulder, which she earned during her battle in Snoke’s throne room. The figure stands about 5 3/4 inches tall and she has 27 points of articulation. Though there are some slight design similarities between this figure and the Force Awakens release, this figure is a wholly unique sculpt. I was actually a pretty big fan of the last Rey when she was released, but in the two years since then, there’s no denying that The Black Series has definitely made some leaps and bounds in quality. So, that older figure was looking a little out of date. This one, on the other hand, is an incredibly strong sculpt. The proportions on the body feel more realistic, her outfit now consists of several overlays to convey the proper depth, and there’s just a tremendous amount of detail and texture work all throughout. The likeness on the head still isn’t quite as spot-on as the Titan Heroes figure (my favorite Rey head sculpt to date), but it’s certainly a marked improvement over the TFA release, and there’s still a lot of Daisy Ridley in there. This figure is also an improvement when it comes to paint. The painted skin is gone, replaced by molded plastic, but unlike some of the later TFA Black Series offerings, the sheen isn’t too shiny or lifeless. The application is all pretty clean, and the colors match well with the source material. There’s still some room for improvement, of course. There’s some slop on the hairline and on the wrapping around her waist. I also feel like the eyebrows are a bit too which, which is likely contributing to the slightly off likeness. But, for a mass-produced figure, she’s not bad. Rey is packed with her staff (which is a brand-new mold, and a definite upgrade to the last one), the blaster she got from Han, and Luke’s lightsaber. I miss BB-8, but it’s still a nice assortment of extras.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
The Black Series offerings for Force Friday II were amongst the most difficult to find, so I didn’t come across any of them in my first week or so of hunting back in September. I did eventually find a Rey, but ultimately passed on her, feeling she was rather similar to the one I already had. After seeing the movie, I somewhat regretted this decision. Fortunately, Hasbro did the re-pack, and I was able to score that one just last week. While I’m sort of kicking myself for waiting so long on this figure (given how big an improvement she is over the last one), it’s one of those times where I’m ultimately grateful I waited, since I do kind of prefer the running change with the scar on her arm. This is probably my favorite Rey in my collection. Of course, there’s that Island Journey Rey looming on the horizon which may unseat her, but we’ll see.