#3034: Bodhi Rooki

BODHI ROOK

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)

“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.”

When Hasbro launched Phase IV of The Black Series, in addition to a selection of new figures, they also devoted a whole sub-series to re-releasing and completing the core cast of Star Wars: Rebels.  We got a Zeb to finish out the team, but we also got the rest of the team, with the earliest of them updated to the new face-print styling that has become the standard for the line.  It was a pretty successful venture, so Hasbro has set their sites on another unfinished cast, namely the crew from Rogue One.  Conspicuously absent from the Black Series line-up was poor old Bodhi, a key character to the whole plan to smuggle out the Death Star plans in the first place.  How could you leave him out?  It’s unreasonable, darn you!  Well, it’s okay, because just like Zeb got his long overdue release, so did Bodhi, and I’m taking a look at it today!

THE FIGURE ITSELF

Bodhi Rook is figure 6 in the Rogue One set of Black Series figures.  Of the main line releases in the set, Bodhi marks the one truly new figure, since he’d not had a prior release, as brought up earlier in the review.  The figure stands 5 3/4 inches tall and he has 30 points of articulation.  Bodhi’s articulation scheme is on par with the most recent of the Black Series releases.  It’s got a really solid range of motion, especially on the elbows and knees, and he’s even got the butterfly movement on his shoulders, which adds a lot to the poses you can get out of him.  Bodhi’s sculpt is an all-new offering, as expected, and it’s a really strong one.  The likeness on the head is a pretty spot-on match for Riz Ahmed in the role, and they even do a respectable job of making his hair appropriately scraggly.  The googles are a separate piece, but glued in place.  Still, it means that, unlike the smaller figure, they’re actually clear like in the movie.  The body sculpt is really scrawny and gaunt, as he should be, and helps him to stand out from the others.  His vest is a separate overlay.  It’s not removable like it was on the smaller figure, but it still adds some extra depth to everything.  Bodhi’s paint work is okay, if not the greatest.  The face is certainly the best part, since it’s got the printing.  There’s some misalignment on the hair paint, so he looks like he’s got a few bald spots.  It’s at least on the sides, so it’s not super obvious.  The work on the Imperial insignias is decent, and all of his pens are properly painted too, but the vest winds up lacking a bunch of the details on the buckles and clips, so it’s just largely an unpainted clump of brown.  Just a little bit more detailing would definitely go a long way.  Bodhi is packed with a small Rebel blaster, as well as his cable pack from the end of the movie.  The pack is a pretty impressive piece, complete with a full spool of wire, which can even be wound and unwound.  It’s a really cool piece, and helps the figure feel a lot better accessorized than a lot of other Black Series releases.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

I really liked Bodhi as a character, and I ewas always really bummed that he never got a Black Series figure back with the others.  It was part of why I never bothered with the rest of them outside of the core three.  I was definitely really excited when this guy was announced, and even more so to get him in hand.  He turned out really, really well.  The updates to the line have benefited him well and the end result is honestly the nicest of the whole Rogue One team.

Thanks to my sponsors at All Time Toys for setting me up with this figure for review.  If you’re looking for toys both old and new, please check out their website.

#1570: Bodhi Rook

BODHI ROOK

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.

#1275: Bodhi Rook

BODHI ROOK

STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE

“A former Imperial pilot, Bodhi has strong piloting and technical skills that he will put to use for the Rebellion.  Ever practical, highly anxious, Bodhi must gather his courage to bring the battle to the Empire.”

Since about November of last year, there’s been one major hole in my Rogue One collection:  Bodhi Rook.  Everybody else from the main team found their way into one of Hasbro’s two scales, but not poor Bodhi (to be fair, he did get a figure in Disney’s Elite series, but I didn’t want to get another scale just for him).  Fortunately, he’s finally gotten a small-scale figure, so yay, completed team!  Let’s see how this guy turned out!

THE FIGURE ITSELF

Bodhi Rook is part of Series 3 of Hasbro’s Star Wars: Rogue One line.  In a series of mostly variants on previous releases (even Thrawn’s gotten two figures before), Bodhi is the one wholly unique figure.  He doesn’t seem to be noticeably harder to find than any of the others in this series, but seeing as the series as a whole still hasn’t shown up a lot of places, that’s not saying a ton.  The figure stands just shy of 4 inches tall and has the standard 5 points of articulation.  He’s an all-new sculpt.  While Bodhi may be wearing an Imperial uniform, he’s not built like the typical imperial.  He’s a bit on the scrawny side (as he was in the movie), and he’s even got Bodhi’s slightly bad posture and slouched shoulders.  I like that Hasbro isn’t just going with the “stiff as a board”, “at attention” posture for all of the smaller figures.  His detailing is a little soft in some spots (it’s most noticeable on the torso, where you can only barely make out the flap for his jumpsuit), but by and large, things look pretty good.  The likeness is about as good as any of the likenesses from this line have been; the face is a little gaunt for Riz Ahmed, but you can more or less tell who it is.  The vest piece is removable, if that’s your prerogative; it’s a pretty solid sculpt, and does a good job of covering up the soft sculpt of the actual torso.  Bodhi’s paintwork is decently handled.  It’s nothing amazing, but the application’s all pretty clean.  The goggles were clear in the movie, but aside from molding the whole head in clear plastic and painting the rest of it, I’m not sure what they could have done.  The off-white they went with looks fine in person.  There’s one notable inaccuracy: the Imperial insignia on his shoulders is the inverse color scheme of what it should be.  Super minor, and only really noticeable if you go looking for it, but there it is.  There was some concern when the prototype was shown that Bodhi’s jumpsuit would be too bright a blue, but it looks like it’s been changed to the more appropriate blue-grey for the final figure.  It could perhaps be a little duller, but if I’m totally honest, I’m not one for making these figures any duller in color than they already are.  Bodhi gets a fairly standard issue blaster, as well as the requisite gimmicky thingy.  In a rather smart move, Hasbro’s actually managed to make said gimmicky thingy (which is yet another zipline gadget, by the way; they sure do love those ziplines) resemble the cable pack that Bodhi is carrying during the film’s big climactic battle.  It’s actually a pretty key piece for Bodhi, and the zipline feature isn’t really that obtrusive at all.  This is by far the most sensible gimmick accessory in the line so far.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

Picking my favorite Rogue One member is a bit like picking my favorite Serenity crew member: it’s really hard.  Okay, no, it’s actually not.  In both cases, it’s the sassy pilot played by Alan Tudyk.  So, I guess it’s really picking my second favorite that’s hard.  Bodhi’s a pretty good contender for that spot, though.  So, the fact that he was the only major member of the team left unreleased when I got out of seeing the movie was really eating at me.  As of today, I have still yet to see a single Series 3 figure at any of the retail stores near me.  Fortunately, a few weeks ago, Super Awesome Girlfriend and I went up to visit her Dad, who lives in a small town in the middle of nowhere.  You know what’s cool about small towns in the middle of nowhere?  Well, most of them have at the very least a nearby Walmart, and there’s virtually no demand for Star Wars toys.  So, when they get something, it sits for a while.  Such was the case with Rogue One Series 3, allowing me to get the esteemed Mr. Rook.  Bodhi’s not going to be anyone’s figure of the year, but he’s a solid addition to the Rogue One line, and he fits right in with the rest of the team.  Now, play the waiting game on him getting a Black Series figure…