REVA — THIRD SISTER
STAR WARS: RETRO COLLECTION (HASBRO)
Obi-Wan Kenobi was definitely populated with a lot of characters we’ve seen elsewhere in the saga, but it wasn’t without its standouts in the new character department. Amongst those new characters was Reva, an antagonistic force throughout the story, whose own journey was run parallel to that of Obi-Wan and Anakin. After years of exploration of the increasing number of Jedi padawans that made it out of Order 66, her story was a dark reflection of many of them, showing the unfortunate and destructive path that such trauma can impose upon a person. Oh, and she was also the latest addition to the growing list of “worst characters in Star Wars,” according to a vocal minority of the “fandom.” She’s just absolutely ruining the franchise, really. And she’s doing in three separate styles of toy, no less. The nerve! Well, I guess this site’s about the be ruined, too. Just kidding; we already passed that mark years ago!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Reva (Third Sister) is the third figure in the Kenobi-series of Star Wars: Retro Collection, which is the fifth overall series of the line, and the third to get a proper mass release. This marks Reva’s third figure, following the Black Series and Vintage Collection offerings, though it’s worth noting that they did all hit pretty close together. Kudos to Hasbro on ruining all of their lines more or less simultaneously! The figure stands a little under 3 3/4 inches tall and she has 5 points of articulation. The sculpt is totally unique, with no basis on any earlier offerings. It’s a pretty nice one, honestly. The likeness is obviously not meant to be an exact recreation of Moses Ingram, but it’s a good approximation of her look viewed through the lens of the original line. The body sculpt captures all of the main details from her costume design, and it’s generally nice and sharp in its detailing. Her cloak goes back to the vinyl construction, which somewhat clashes with the prior two figures, but also feels more appropriate for this particular design. Kenner did mix cloth and vinyl during ESB, so it’s not entirely without precedent. As has been the trend up to this point, the paint work is perhaps a little bit too involved for a true Kenner release, but it’s kind of fun to get that slightly idealized set-up. The two-toned coloring on the outfit actually looks really solid. Not sure why she’s lacking eyebrows, but, you know, it’s a choice. Reva is packed with her Inquisitor-style saber, which is a new piece modeled somewhat on the Bespin Luke saber, but with the two blades and Reva’s distinctive single hand guard.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Despite her supposed ruining of the franchise, I didn’t mind Reva. You might even say I, like, actually liked her and the role she played on the show. That said, I’m finding myself not needing every single character in Black Series form. Something about this release in particular just really spoke to me, and really sold me on the full Retro line-up. She’s actually a lot of fun, despite perhaps not being the most outwardly thrilling design. Definitely a nifty addition to the line-up.
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