REY & D-0
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“Rey continues to study the Jedi ways, but she grows concerned about what the future — and the Force — may hold in store for her.”
For the Rise of Skywalker product launch, there’s only one character available in all of Hasbro’s primary styles. It’s Rey, who, as the main character, I suppose has the most business being included across the board. Since she’s also wearing the same attire for all three of her figures, it also gives me a nice chance to more closely compare the three styles of figures currently available. I’ve already taken a look at the Vintage Collection Rey and the Galaxy of Adventures Rey, so now I’ll be taking a look at the Black Series Rey, as well as her pack-mate D-0.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Rey and D-0 are number 91 in the Black Series line-up, numerically the second of the eight Force Friday figures. Fun Fact, Rey is the only character to be part of the initial Black Series line-up for all five of the Disney-era product launches (Kylo narrowly missed it thanks to being absent from the Solo product launch). Again, as the main character, I guess it adds up. This figure gives us Rey in her newest attire from Rise, which is a pretty solid look for the character. The figure stands 5 3/4 inches tall and she has 27 points of articulation. This Rey figure is an all-new sculpt, which I guess isn’t a huge shock, since her Black Series figures have as of yet all been completely unique from each other. Poor Kylo must be very jealous. It’s a solid sculpt. The articulation is certainly more practical than what we got from the VC figure, and is also much more smoothly worked into the final product. It’s still not quite as easily posed or anywhere near as stable on its feet as the GoA release, but they are very differently styled items. She’s pretty solid for a Black Series release in both posability and stability. The sculpt is also a nicely balanced affair, with rather realistic proportions and some solid texture work. The head sports one of Hasbro’s best attempts at a Daisy Ridley likeness, rivaled only by the Island Journey Rey in my eyes. She’s got a touch more expression in her face than any of the other Reys, with just a little smile going on. I like that a fair bit more than the usual bland appearance. The paintwork on this Rey is fortunately a lot better than my VC Rey was, by virtue of her face actually being applied correctly. That said, I’ve seen far worse samples than this out in the wild, so I still worry about the figures as a whole. On mine, the paint is very lifelike and aids in selling the likeness. Were it not as well applied, that would be a rather different story. Rey is pretty well accessorized. The most prominent inclusion is, of course D-0, who though he may be listed on the package is really just an accessory. He’s not wildly different from his GoA incarnation, but some parts are a little smaller and more refined, with a little more detailing in a few spots. There’s a small stand included for him this time to aid in keeping him standing. It doesn’t *really* do a whole lot, since it just shapes under his wheel, without any sort of peg or anything, but it keeps him more reliably standing that his is without it. In addition to D-0, this Rey gets the same selection as her smaller VC counterpart: lightsaber, staff, blaster, and back pack. They’re all pretty nicely rendered, and the staff is by far the best version of the item we’ve gotten included with any of these Rey figures.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I opened my Rey figure before Kylo, which was probably the right call for my sanity, but perhaps didn’t do so well by Kylo. She’s a much better figure, and I’d probably rank her as my second favorite in this assortment, behind the Mando. She’s certainly an improvement over the VC release. Though she’s not as dwarfed by her GoA figure in my eyes as Kylo, I will admit that while I was taking the photos for this review, the number of times she faceplanted in the middle of a shot did not go unnoticed. Still, if you’re into the Black Series thing, then this is a solid figure, and probably the best Rey in the line (though I still really like that Island Journey figure).