SGT JYN ERSO
STAR WARS: ELITE SERIES (DISNEY)
“A highly skilled soldier in the Rebel Alliance, Jyn Erso is an impetuous, defiant warrior eager to bring the battle to the Empire. Jyn has little patience for debate within Alliance high command, enough so that she takes matters into her own hands.”
More Elite Series? Isn’t there supposed to be a several month waiting period in between these reviews? That’s certainly how it’s been in the past. Well, sorry hypothetical reader, I’m changing things up on you! And I’m doing another impromptu week of Star Wars reviews! So, how about that? For today (and the next two days after, in fact), I’ll be returning to last year’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. I certainly covered a lot of product from this movie, but there’s still plenty I never got around to, which includes today’s focus, which is another figure of main character Jyn Erso.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Jyn was one of the eight Rogue One-themed Star Wars: Elite Series figures put out during the 2016 “Rogue Friday” event. There weren’t any staggered releases, I guess since it wasn’t a saga movie. Jyn here is seen in the same attire the smaller Black Series figure had, which is what she was wearing during the film’s big climactic final battle. It’s essentially the same look used on most of Hasbro’s offerings, but it lacks the green jacket. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and she has 16 points of articulation. She’s of course largely constructed from die cast metal, keeping with the same plastic-to-metal ratio as the last several figures I’ve looked at. Metal for the main body and plastic for the head, hands, feet, and vest. While the jacket piece on Poe was a nice softer plastic, Jyn’s vest is made from pretty much the same plastic as the rest of the plastic pieces, so it’s very stiff and a bit restricting, as well as sitting a little oddly on her frame. Her articulation is a bit restricted overall, which is a setback, but as a figure that predates Poe, I’m not that upset. Jyn’s sculpt is reasonable enough. Some parts of it are a little rudimentary, especially around the waist. Her hands look like hands, though, which is always a plus in this line, and I find her head to be pretty much equivalent to the Hasbro versions in terms of quality. I’m not getting a really strong Felicity Jones likeness from it, but the same could be said of at least half of Hasbro’s offerings. Jyn’s paint is generally pretty decent. The colors are nice, and, while she’s not quite as good as Poe, her paint is certainly less thick than earlier offerings. Jyn is packed with her standard blaster pistol. Like the smaller Black Series release, she also has the extended blaster configuration not seen in the movie, though this time around it’s an entirely separate blaster, rather than being clip-on pieces. Also included is her baton, which, unlike the Hasbro version, is actually extended here, and the same display stand that’s included with all of the Elite Series figures.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
With all of Hasbro’s various offerings, I really thought I had all of the Jyns I would ever need (and perhaps even a few more than that). And wasn’t I just saying in yesterday’s Poe review how I only tend to buy Elite Series figures of characters I really, really like? So really, why Jyn? Simple: she was cheap. After grabbing the Poe figure, I happened past a large pile of the Rogue One figures. I didn’t think much about them, but I spotted they’d been marked down to $2.99. At that price, I bought one of each because I’m a sucker fro a cheap action figure. Jyn’s actually not bad. I can’t say I’d have paid full price for her, but she’s better than I was expecting.