ENFYS NEST’S SWOOP BIKE (w/ ENFYS NEST)
SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (HASBRO)
“The Cloud-Rider gang led by Enfys Nest terrorizes the skies atop their mean-looking swoop bikes. Little more than engines with seats, swoops are hard to control but capable of incredible speed.”
Alright, Solo is officially out today! …I haven’t actually had a chance to see it yet, and probably won’t be able to until after the weekend, but that doesn’t mean I can’t keep right on reviewing the toys! I’ve taken a look at some of the “heroes” (a loose term, given it’s a heist film) from the movie, but how about looking at one of the film’s villains, the mysterious Enfys Nest, leader of the Cloud-Rider gang (a gang who, fun fact, originated in a comic from 1977; pretty nifty, right?). Next to nothing is known about Nest, including gender, so this will certainly be an interesting review.
THE VEHICLE ITSELF
Though Enfys Nest is very much the title-part of this set, the actual main focus is Enfys’s swoop bike. Now, this is actually not the first swoop bike I’ve looked at on this site. The first came from the Shadows of the Empire line in ’96, and it’s been a little while since then. That one was definitely more on the conservative side as well, which can’t so much be said about this one. The bike measures 9 inches in length, and is 3 3/4 inches tall and it’s highest point. There aren’t any moving pieces on the bike, but as a hover bike, that’s not a huge shock. The all-new sculpt on this bike is pretty impressive. There’s quite a bit of detail work, especially on the main body. I was impressed by how small and intricate a lot of the work was, and the fins and such don’t feel too heavy or clunky. There’s a nice flow to this vehicle. My only concern is one of construction; it’s a very frail design, and in some spots, especially the front half, it can feel like it’s going to fold in half if you look at it funny. I’ve had no issues with it as of yet, though. The paint work on the bike is pretty decent stuff, and it’s certainly a step up from the last swoop I looked at. While it’s not exactly real-world level detailing, there’s some definite effort that’s been placed into making it look pretty convincing, and it’s not as bland as some vehicles can be.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Obviously Enfys Nest’s Swoop Bike is going to include an Enfys Nest figure, right? It’d be a little odd if it didn’t, right? I mean, that’s what I think. Anyway, Enfys here is so far exclusive to this particular pack. The figure stands 3 3/4 inches tall measuring to the top of the head (it’s a more even 4 if you count the horns), and it has 7 points of articulation. Like Qi’ra, Enfys has wrist articulation, presumably to make piloting the bike a bit more manageable. Enfys is another new sculpt. I was surprised by how slight of frame he/she is, but after double checking against some shots from the movie, this is actually pretty accurate. Overall, I like the sculpt, but it’s ever so slightly hindered by being designed to go in the bike. The limbs are all angled out a bit, and the feet are somewhat pigeon-toed. Just standing around, Enfys looks a little bit awkward. On the plus side, the armor and such has been translated quite well. Enfys has a unique look, and that’s been captured here. The mixed medium on the cape with the sculpted shoulders is an interesting way of handling it, and probably the most sensible, since the figure is meant to be able to sit, and I can’t really see a plastic cape accommodating that. Enfys’ paintwork is decent enough, though this is certainly a figure that would benefit from a little bit more work in the accenting department; that armor really should be a bit grimier than it ends up here. Still, it’s far from bad. Enfys is packed with a staff, which is pretty sensible, since the character is seen carrying it in pretty much all of the promotional stuff we’ve seen.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
This set was procured at the same time as the Range Trooper, during my third round of Solo purchases. It was one of the items I was most looking forward to, since I rather like Enfys’s design. The bike is fine for what it is (I’ve got a lot of speeder bikes, so one more isn’t really going to blow my mind or anything), and the figure’s certainly passable. I can’t say this is my favorite of the items I’ve gotten for the movie (that would probably be Han’s Land Speeder), but for the price and the scale, I’m happy with it.