CAPTAIN CASSIAN ANDOR
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
Oh man, is this another Flashback Friday Figure Addendum? It sure is! At this point, they’re almost becoming a recurring feature again. I mean, three in less than a year? That’s pretty crazy right there.
My last one of these was because of Rogue One, and so is this one. I picked up the Jyn re-do, and I’ve decided to follow that up by also picking up the Cassian re-do. Where Jyn was a re-issue of a single release figure, and therefore had a pretty one-for-one addendum, Hasbro decided not to re-issue the single Cassian, and instead did his three-pack release. So, I’ve done a slight edit to the text of the original review, just to help it stay more focused:
“An accomplished Alliance Intelligence officer with combat field experience, Captain Cassian Andor commands respect from his Rebel troops with his ability to keep a cool head under fire and complete his missions with minimal resources.”
There was one major piece of Rogue One merchandise I haven’t yet gotten around to reviewing. It was sitting there in the store, staring at me, waiting, watching, and….uh, waiting. Sorry, didn’t have a third “w” word, there. Anyway, I finally have said piece of merchandise, so, without further ado, here’s this set with Cassian, Jyn, and a Deathtrooper!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
This three pack was a Target-exclusive, and started hitting shelves about a month after the main Rogue One product launch. Of the three figures included, only Cassian is a truly unique figure. The Deathtrooper has some minor tweaks as well, but Jyn is exactly the same as both her standard and SDCC-exclusive releases.
Despite his placement in a big exclusive set, the Cassian seen here is the standard version of the character, seen most frequently throughout the movie. It was oddly scarce in the initial product launch, but by the end of all the Rogue One product, it did end up fairly well represented. It’s definitely the selling point of this release. The figure stands 6 inches tall and he has 27 points of articulation. His head is shared with the Eadu version, which admittedly wasn’t the best Cassian sculpt we got, but it looks a little bit better here than it did on that figure. The rest of the figure is a unique sculpt, and it’s a definite improvement over the Eadu look. The details are generally a lot sharper, especially on the jacket, and the overall aesthetics just seem to flow a bit better. He’s still a little bulky for Luna, but not as bad as the Eadu figure. The movement is a lot better as well, thanks to the slightly less restrictive design. Just like the sculpt, the paint on this Cassian is a marked improvement on the last figure. The face is still a bit off, especially the beard, but it’s definitely a step up. The eyebrows are less caterpillar-like, and the scruff is a little more reserved, so that’s a plus. The rest of the body is pretty solid overall. There’s a little bit of fuzz in a few spots (like the tops of his boots), but generally it’s pretty sharp. Like his oh-so-awesome small-scale counterpart, this Cassian is packed with his modular blaster rifle, which maintains the oh-so-awesome-ness.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I passed on this set when it was new, because paying the cost of three figures and only getting one I actually wanted seemed a bit much. Just after the new year, however, Target got around to marking the set down, to about the cost of a standard Black Series figure. That brought into a reasonable range for me, so I finally got it. I’m glad I finally got this Cassian; he’s definitely my go-to figure of the character. I’m also not unhappy about the Deathtrooper variant, though I can’t say it’s the sort of figure I would have paid full retail for. Ultimately, I think bundling Cassian into this three-pack was a mistake, and I think the fact that the set ended up on such deep clearance speaks to that. I get Hasbro’s desire to get as many Jyns as possible out there, but this exclusive really would have worked much better as a two-pack with Cassian and the Trooper. Three times was just one time too many for the standard Jyn to get a straight re-release.
I reviewed the original release alarmingly late in the game, at least as far as my Black Series reviews tended to go. All of the first batch of Rogue One stuff I got up within the first month or so, but this one wasn’t reviewed until about a year and a half after its release. Its all because I was waiting for clearance, as I touched on in the original review. I really wanted that Cassian, but couldn’t justify the whole three-pack for him. I was fairly kind to this figure’s sculpt the first time around, and I stand by that. A few years removed, the articulation’s not quite as good as it could be, but it’s honestly not as bad as some of the others from the era either. The actual sculpted details are all still very crisp, and they did a solid job of capturing the design. Once more, this figure’s change-up is the face paint. All of the Cassian releases suffered from some pretty awful paint. The two Black Series figures had it so bad that the actual sculpt took a fair bit of the blame. With a much improved coat of paint, the sculpt is definitely a lot better than I originally thought. It’s still not spot on, but it lands much closer, and I really do like it a lot more now.
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