RESISTANCE SKI SPEEDER (w/ CAPTAIN POE DAMERON)
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
“An older design predating those of the Rebel Alliance, these low-altitude, high-power ski speeders use a stabilizer strut to keep balance when zipping across alien terrain.”
The Star Wars franchise has a history of introducing fun new vehicles with just about every installment. The Force Awakens didn’t do this as much, preferring to stick with variations of some old favorites, as a call-back to the older films (I didn’t mind). The Last Jedi looks to be meeting somewhere in the middle, giving us both old favorites and some new designs. I’ll be looking at one of the newer creations (though, if the bio’s any indication, that’s not the case “in universe”), the Ski Speeder, which looks to be the standard Resistance transportation following the trailer’s ominous hints at the destruction of their old fleet sometime during The Last Jedi’s runtime. Hasbro’s offering a small-scale version of the vehicle, packed with ace Resistance pilot, Poe Dameron!
THE VEHICLE ITSELF
The Resistance Ski Speeder was one of the launch items for The Last Jedi’s Force Friday II event. It’s a C-Class-sized vehicle, and is the only one of its size at launch time. Time will tell if that’ll change later. In terms of assembly, this vehicle’s a bit easier than the last few vehicles. Pop on the right wing, the stabilizer strut, and a blaster cannon and you’re good to go. When fully assembled, the vehicle measures an impressive 18 inches long and stands about 5 inches tall when sitting and about 8 inches when the strut is fully extended. In terms of moving parts, there’s the landing gear, which drops out of either wing, as well as a very small rotating gun on the left underside of the cockpit. There is *not* an opening cockpit hatch; it’s open-topped, which does appear to be accurate to the film. The Ski Speeder is sporting all-new tooling, based on its film design. Though they may be a new design, the Ski Speeders definitely take influence from earlier ships, most notably the Rebel B-Wing, which it should be noted is one of my favorite OT ships. I tend to like this design, as impractical as it would be in real life. From what we’ve seen of the Ski Speeder, this toy does a respectable job of translating it into plastic. Like a most recent SW vehicles, the Speeder looks to have been scaled down a little bit from its on-screen counterpart. It doesn’t look to be as expensive as the AT-ACT or even the Resistance X-Wing, which is likely due to the ship’s more feasible size. The details have also been slightly simplified, so as to better fit the line’s overall aesthetic, but once again, it seems to be a less drastic change than we’ve seen previously. There’s still quite a bit of detail on this thing. Paintwork on this vehicle is a step up from recent vehicles. It’s still not quite up to the level it used to be from Hasbro, but there’s a bit of weathering and such, which keeps it from being too dull. There’s a few action features built into this ship, though nothing particularly obtrusive. The most obvious is are the two missiles which can be launched from the central engine. The stabilizer strut serves as a handle, and there’s a trigger at the top of it. It’s essentially a big gun. Shame that they went back to hard plastic missiles; this would have been a perfect place for Hasbro to work in some Nerf. It would literally just be a Nerf gun. The second feature is a detaching wing. When you press the turbine at the top of the engine, the right wing springs off, in a similar fashion to the wings on the TIE Fighter. I’m guessing at least one of these ships is losing a wing in the movie. The final feature is the ForceLink feature, which looks to be the same basic concept as with the figures.
CAPTAIN POE DAMERON
Oh, he’s a captain now, is he? That’s new. I think. I mean, I don’t know what his rank was before, if there was one. I’m assuming this is a promotion. Good for Poe. This figure gives us Poe in his casual gear from The Last Jedi. Since he gave his awesome leather jacket to Finn in the last film, he was in the market for a new one. Now he’s got this snazzy dark brown jacket, which makes him look not unlike Han from the last film. Or the Fonz. I guess cool guys have a consistent look. I’m not complaining. The figure stands about 4 inches tall and he has 5 points of articulation. The sculpt is all-new to this guy; nothing re-used from any of the prior Poes. The proportions are all well-balanced, and the detail work is all quite sharp. I dig the texture on the jacket. We’ve gotten yet another stab at an Oscar Isaac likeness on this new head sculpt. It’s not awful. It’s closer than earlier attempts, I think. His cheeks are definitely too pronounced, which makes him look ever so slightly like a young Al Pachino, but his not terribly far off. Maybe they’ll get it by Episode 9. One thing I think is probably helping this figure is the paint, which is a step-up from the last few figures. I did have to pick through a few sets to find the one with the best work, but they did seem a bit sharper in general this time. There’s still a bit of slop around the wrists, but that’s a minor issue. Poe’s packed with his blaster pistol (the same one included with several Poe figures), as well a headset, or as a like to call them: “Beats by Rey.” Yeah, I went there.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
It’s no secret that I’m a pretty big Poe fan. Ever since the first images of this set leaked, I knew it was going to be at the top of my list. It was actually one of the few items I didn’t find the week prior to Force Friday, which bummed me out initially, but less so in the end, since I wasn’t able to buy anything then anyway. This set was the very first item I grabbed on Force Friday. I almost got stepped on to get it, but them’s the risks you take, right? The ship’s pretty fun and I look forward to seeing it in action. Honestly, I kind of bought this for the new Poe figure, and he didn’t disappoint. Now, knowing my luck, he’ll end up released on his own in like a month. Still, this is one of my favorite items I picked up this time around.