STAR WARS: ELITE SERIES (DISNEY)
“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.”
Disney’s die-cast Star Wars: Elite Series is one of those lines that has a tendency to slip under my radar. It’s not that it’s a bad line or anything, it’s more that it’s a line that’s exclusively available at Disney Stores, and those aren’t the sort of thing I tend to visit with much regularity. As it stands, my collection of figures from this line is mostly confined to just my very favorite characters, which includes today’s focus, Poe Dameron!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Poe is part of Disney’s Last Jedi-themed assortment of Star Wars: The Elite Series. He wasn’t in the initial assortment of figures, but was instead one of the seven figures released solo after the fact. Poe hit stores on November 7th of last year. Like most of his other figures from the movie, this Poe is based on his jacketed look from TLJ. As his most prominent look by far, it makes sense, especially since his pilot look was already covered for TFA. Poe stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 18 points of articulation. As with prior Elite Series figures, the vast majority of this guy is made from die cast metal. His head, hands, feet, and jacket are plastic, but that’s it. I was impressed to discover that Disney’s made some improvements to how they construct these figures since the last Poe. This one isn’t nearly as stiff and restricted as the last one when it comes to posablity. In addition, the overall quality of the sculpt seems to have improved. The details are much sharper, especially on the plastic parts, but on the metal parts as well. He’s still slightly less detailed than the average Hasbro figure, but he’s certainly a step-up from the last figure. It’s the little things, like his hands actually looking like hands, or the assembly screws on his back actually having mostly inconspicuous caps on them. Then there’s the head. I’m not 100% sure if the head sculpt on this figure is new or not. Given how different it looks, I initially assumed it was all-new, but after comparing the two side by side, I’m starting to think this might just be a better pressing of the mold, coupled with some much, much better paint. Regardless, it’s the best likeness of Oscar Isaac we’ve seen so far, out pacing even the recent Black Series offering, which I thought was pretty good in its own right. Poe’s paint work also marks a definite step up for this line. It’s a lot less thickly applied here than on prior figures, and there’s far less slop. He’s also got some very clean work on his face, and I was certainly happy to get a Poe figure in a larger scale that doesn’t try to slather on a bunch of grayish paint in the hopes of replicating scruff. Poe includes his blaster pistol and a display stand (same as the other figures). It’s sad he couldn’t came with something else, especially since the last Poe had the helmet, but I suppose it’s not terrible.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’m always looking for an excuse to buy a new Poe figure, and the Elite Series Poe from TFA was actually one of his better figures, so I was definitely on board for picking up this guy. The only trouble was actually finding him, since none of the stores near me got him when he was first released. A few weeks ago, I was killing some time at the local mall, and remembered I hadn’t yet found this guy, so I swung by the Disney Store there, and they had finally gotten him in. Upon purchasing him, I realized he’s actually the first figure from this line I’ve paid full price for. Of course, he’s by far the nicest figure I’ve gotten from this line as well, so I don’t feel that bad in that regard. Now I’m tempted to check out some of the other TLJ figures, since Poe seems like such a step up.