CASSIAN ANDOR, IMPERIAL DEATHTROOPER SPECIALIST, & JYN ERSO
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES
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 FIGURES THEMSELVES
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.
“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.”
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.
IMPERIAL DEATHTROOPER SPECIALIST
“The elite soldiers of Imperial Intelligence, Death Troopers are encased in specialized stormtrooper armor with a dark, ominous gleam. These soldiers serve as bodyguards and enforcers for Director Krennic, a highly placed officer within the Advanced Weapons Research division of the Empire.”
For the most part, this is a figure I’ve looked at before, back when it was just the standard Deathtrooper. But, apparently, as a “Specialist,” this guy is entitled to a whole web gear load out, with a shoulder pauldron, some ammo pouches, and a bunch of grenades. It’s a cool piece, and totally removable, should you just want the standard Deathtrooper. Beyond that, his sculpt, paint, and accessories load out is the same as the basic variant.
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.