STAR WARS: GALAXY OF ADVENTURES (HASBRO)
After getting a whole slew of figures and product for the launch of The Force Awakens, Finn became a character that made retailers a little less than comfortable. He was definitely over saturated for TFA, leading to all of his figures sitting around at retail, because boy were there a lot of them, and boy did no one need all of them. For Last Jedi, he got three figures, one of which didn’t even go to main retail. So far for Rise of Skywalker, he’s got exactly one. That will presumably change, but I bet Hasbro’s waiting to see if this one sits like the others.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Finn is the fourth of the six figures in the basic figure line-up for Galaxy of Adventures. Alongside Rey, Finn is one of the two figures getting dropped from the line-up for the Wave 2 assortment, I’d guess to make sure he doesn’t build up too much at retail. Given how many Finns I’ve seen, I’d say this is probably a smart move. Finn is seen here in his new look for Rise of Skywalker, which is far more divergent from his established look than Kylo and Rey. The usual jacket is gone, replaced with a similarly styled vest, his shirt is now a more neutral color than the white/black from before, and his hair is noticeably longer. Honestly, this is best look Finn’s had, because it’s the first one to look properly Star Wars-y. He’s still more civilian than others, but the feel is there. The figure stands 5 inches tall and he has 23 points of articulation. The holster restricts the right hip a little bit, but beyond that the articulation is comparable to the others from the line, which is to say it’s very good and very mobile. The sculpt is definitely stylized like Rey, although it’s a little more subdued than Rey was. He still follows that same model of not having a Boyega likeness, but capturing that character likeness for Finn. He’s got that nice generic hero look about him, which certainly works well for the line. It’s a good, clean looking sculpt. His paintwork mostly follows the basic look, but there’s still a fair bit of smaller detail work, and like Rey the face is properly aligned and fairly cleanly handled. Finn is packed with a small blaster pistol and a backpack. The blaster fits well in his hand or in the holster. He’s also got a quick draw feature that’s similar to the Jet Trooper’s.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I almost passed on this guy on the trip that ended with me getting all of the figures, but after insisting on buying me Kylo, Rey, and the droids, Super Awesome Wife also informed me that I wasn’t allowed to leave the store without buying the remaining three figures for myself, and Finn kind of fell in with that. This is definitely the most I’ve enjoyed a Finn figure. I think the new design definitely plays into that, but also it’s really just the most playable a Finn figure has ever been. More than the troopers and masked figures, I think this is the type of figure that showcases the core strength of this line at making fun toys out of even the potentially less exciting characters that other lines have let down.