STAR WARS: GALAXY OF ADVENTURES (HASBRO)
So far, the focus of the Galaxy of Adventures line has been on the new trilogy, specifically Rise of Skywalker. Not a huge shock given that they hit with that film’s product launch. That said, there are a few Original Trilogy elements in play as well, and definitely will be more of a shift to that as the line continues. The first assortment does have two hold-overs, with today’s figure, Chewbacca, making for a nice bridge between the two trilogies.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Chewbacca is another of the six figure assortment that makes up Wave 1 of the basic Galaxy of Adventures figures. Chewbacca is one of the four figures that will be carrying forward to Wave 2, which is sensible, since his best friend Han will be joining him in that line-up. At just over 6 inches tall, Chewbacca is the tallest figure in the line so far, which is fairly typical for Chewbacca figures. He’s got 23 points of articulation, but he’s definitely the most restricted of the figures at launch. It’s really more a design thing, since the hair means that areas such as the neck are never going to have the same mobility of other characters. That being said, he actually ended up far more posable than I was expecting when I looked at him in the packaging. Of all the figures, Chewbacca is also probably the most stylized, something I wasn’t sure I’d like at first, but ultimately I really quite like in hand. He’s got almost a Genndy Tartakovsky style to him, which is something I’m always okay with, and also just continues the general trend of this line feeling like a slightly larger scale Clone Wars line. The stylization also helps Chewie in the one area where Chewie figures always have trouble, which is convincingly working in the articulation. It’s still pretty obvious where the joints are, but there’s a slightly better flow to how they’re implemented. Chewbacca’s paintwork is some of the more complex of the line, which is actually a bit of a reverse from how it usually works out. There are some variations within the coloring of his fur, which is especially impressive on the head, where all of the different colorations converge. Chewbacca is packed with his go-to weapon, the Bowcaster, which takes a little bit of doing to get into his hands the first time, but stays securely, and is easier to mess with on later attempts. He’s also got a “Wookie Slam” feature, which is similar to the other spring-loaded arm features, but with both arms instead of just one.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Chewbacca is the one figure in the first set I really wasn’t sold on. Something about how he looked in the package just seemed off to me. So, he was the last figure I was intending to grab. Then Super Awesome Wife made it clear I was getting all of them on that fateful Walmart trip, and so he was along for the ride. I’m really glad that was the case, because Chewbacca was the most pleasant surprise of the bunch. Everyone else, I had a good sense on, but Chewie’s a lot better than he seems at first glance, and I’m just very happy with the end result. I can’t wait to have a Han to go with him.