STAR WARS: ELITE SERIES (DISNEY)
“A former Imperial Pilot, Bodhi has strong piloting and technical skills that he will put to use for the Rebellion. Ever practical, but highly anxious, Bodhi must gather his courage to bring the battle to the Empire.”
More than Cassian, if there’s a Rogue One character who drew the short straw in terms of merchandising, it’s Bodhi Rook. He was the last of the team to get released in the 3 3/4 inch line (in a rather under-shipped assortment to boot), his Pop! Vinyl figure was an SDCC exclusive, and as of this day, 14 months after his film’s release, there’s been no talk of him getting a Black Series figure. Seems rather unlucky if you ask me. What he did get, however, was a die cast figure from Disney, which I’ll be looking at today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Bodhi was another of the eight figures in the one and only Rogue One themed series of Star Wars: Elite Series. He was the first Bodhi figure released and remained so for quite a while. The figure stands just under 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 18 points of articulation. Height’s kind of more important on this guy than the others, since he had no Black Series counterpart, and I was admittedly hoping to fit him in with them. While he’s definitely a little on the tall side, I think an argument could be made that he should look alright, provided you put him in the back, hanging out with K-2. Bodhi is sporting the same style of construction as the other Elite Series figures I’ve looked at, meaning his head, hands, and feet are plastic, and his main body is metal. He’s also got a plastic vest and backpack. Like Jyn and Cassian, the vest piece on Bodhi is made from a harder plastic, and doesn’t fit him as well as I’d like. I’d also like if it were a bit easier to remove the back pack. I attempted to take it off of mine, but was worried I’d damage the figure. Beyond those extras, the sculpt of the figure is decent enough. It’s nothing amazing or anything, but I think it’s respectable, and a little better than Cassian. They captured the ill-fitting jumpsuit pretty well, and the extra length on the sleeves even hides the hands a bit, thus averting the dreaded inflated glove syndrome. The head has a respectable likeness of Riz Ahmed; probably better than Hasbro’s version, truth be told. The goggles are removable this time around, which I do certainly prefer, especially since they stay in place so well. The paint on this guy is passable. The colors are probably more accurate here than they were on the Hasbro figure, but I will admit that the duller colors don’t exactly excite me. I do appreciate the accent work that was put in on his various gear, and the washes and the like certainly help keep him from looking too bland. His face is a little messy, especially around the beard, but it’s not awful. I’m not quite sure what’s going on with his lips, but I don’t think the color was particularly well chosen, given his skin color. It looks worse in the photos than in real life, but it’s still more noticeable than it should be. While the goggles are removable this time around, they are still totally opaque, which seems like a bit of a missed opportunity. They look fine, but it does somewhat ruin the realism of the figure to see those stark white goggles on his head. In addition to the previously mentioned goggles and backpack, Bodhi is also packed with the standard display stand. No weapons this time around, but that’s not terrible, since he never really uses them.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
If you’ve read my Jyn and Cassian reviews from the last two days, you can probably guess where this guy came from. Yep, he’s another clearance purchase. He was actually the figure that got me to notice the deep discount pricing. Since there’s no Black Series release in the foreseeable future, and I do really like the character, I thought I might grab this version. Upon seeing how far down he’d been marked, I decided to get the other two as well. Bodhi’s not a fantastic figure or anything, and I’m certainly still holding out hope for Hasbro to finally get around to him, but in the mean time, this one will hold me over.