STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“Daughter of Leia Organa and Han Solo, Jaina Solo is a Jedi student of Luke Skywalker. Like her father, she is also a crack pilot and skilled mechanic. Like her mother, she is a born leader.”
In the quite lengthy gap between the conclusion of the Star Wars saga with Return of the Jedi and the continuation of said concluded saga with The Force Awakens, in addition to some prequels or something, we got a whole host of tales from the Star Wars Expanded Universe. There were a few different contenders for follow-ups to Jedi, but in quite a good number of them, Han and Leia had at the very least a daughter named Jaina (the number of siblings Jaina had, their status as good or bad, and their status as alive or dead was up in the air, however). Jaina was a pretty popular character, but ended up removed wholesale when Disney reset things in order to clear the stage for TFA. However, in an effort to not completely overlook her, Hasbro did include her as the EU’s first introduction into The Black Series.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Jaina Solo is figure 56 in the Black Series line-up, hitting in an assortment that included a single-carded Supreme Leader Snoke, Rose, and the slightly revised Jedi Training Rey. Jaina is officially classified as a “Legends” figure, denoting her status as removed from the cannon. She was also the winner of the 2016 Fan’s Choice poll, which was what actually got the EU recognition into the line, really. The figure stands just over 5 1/2 inches tall and she has 28 points of articulation. Jaina was actually the first real taste of Hasbro’s new mid-torso articulation they were working on, as it’s the same style of joint that would eventually show up on the Lightning Collection figures last year. It’s got a lot more range, which is pretty much an across the board thing for Jaina’s articulation, really. The figure sports an all-new sculpt, and quite an impressive one at that. Jaina is seen here in her pilot’s attire, which was a change from her prior 3 3/4 inch figure, which went with her Jedi robes. Personally, I much prefer this look, and it helped keep her a little more visually distinctive from Rey, so that’s definitely a plus. Unlike prior pilots, Jaina’s web gear and vest are totally removable, allowing for a more tactical on the go jumpsuited look. I would love to see this sort of thing implemented on a Luke or Poe figure in the future, because it honestly works quite well here. Jaina’s likeness in an interesting one, because she doesn’t have an established actress or anything, but she’s supposed to look like her parents. They’re kind of merged some features from both Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford into one, and it actually looks pretty convincing (although, for some reason, I can’t help but see Amanda Bynes in there). Jaina’s paintwork is a lot of dark colors (she was a stealth pilot after all), but it’s a cool look. The paintwork is quite crisp, and there are some nice subtleties to the shades of black mixed throughout. She had the misfortune of being from literally the last assortment not to feature the printed faces, but hers is at least pretty clean. In addition to the previously mentioned removable web gear, Jaina also includes her lightsaber, a blaster pistol, and a removable pilot’s helmet to complete her ensemble.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I never once saw Jaina in stores, due to her being the most demanded figure in her assortment by far. By the time Hasbro did some revision cases to get more of her out there, and her value had plummeted on the aftermarket, I had kind of gotten distracted, and I just never got around to grabbing her. Fortunately for me, one got traded in as part of the same collection that included yesterday’s Ahsoka. Like that one, this is a surprisingly good figure, but that’s an even higher bar to clear for this one, since I already was expecting something really good. She’s a really solid addition to the line.