REY – JEDI TRAINING & ELITE PRAETORIAN GUARD
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
Another Rey review? In the same day, even?
Back when I was looking at the stuff from the very first Force Friday, I had no clue who the heck this Rey person was. I didn’t even know she was the main character (I mean, neither did anyone else not involved in the film at that point, but still). Things are rather different now, of course, since she’s undoubtedly the central character of this new trilogy, and privy to all the action figures that entails. Hasbro is doing their darnedest to make sure the standard Rey is available as many ways as possible, in much the the same way that they handled the standard Jyn figure for Rogue One. At launch, the Jedi Training variant of Rey is available both on her own and packed with one of Supreme Leader Snoke’s fancy new guards. Since I’m a sucker for cool faceless minions, I, of course, went for the two-pack option.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
These guys are on of the pair of two-packs in the Star Wars: The Last Jedi line at launch. This one’s the only announced two-pack so far to be TLJ-based, but I’m sure that’ll change. As noted above, the Rey figure here is the same as the version included in the Wave 1 Orange assortment, with one extra accessory thrown in.
REY – JEDI TRAINING
It looks like Rey will be wearing her cool Resistance togs from the end of The Force Awakens for at least some segment of the new movie, but this figure depicts her in her brand new Jedi training outfit. The design actually isn’t too far removed from her Jakku look, albeit in grey and black instead of the tan and white, as well as boots that go further up her calves and a holster for the blaster she got from Han in TFA. It’s definitely a strong look. I think I still like the Resistance look a little more, but I do find this to be an improvement on the scavenger look. This figure stands a little under 3 3/4 inches tall and has the standard 5 points of articulation. Rey’s all-new sculpt is a definite improvement over her inaugural figure, which I always found to be the weakest of the initial batch of figures. This figure’s proportions are far more balanced, she feels much less frail, and the likeness to Daisy Ridley definitely feels like an improvement over prior attempts. Still not spot-on, but closer. Rather than the robes sculpted onto the legs schtick of the last sever Rey figures, this one opts for an add-on piece instead, which works far better for her shorter cut style of garment. As with Luke, the texturing on this figure is nothing short of amazing, and just phenomenal for the scale. In terms of paint, Rey is generally pretty well handled. The application’s all pretty sharp, and the colors appear to match pretty well with what we’ve seen so far from the movie. Both versions of Rey are packed with her staff, blaster, and Anakin’s lightsaber, which is a very impressive selection. The two-pack version adds in a…weird-back-pack-shoulder-blaster thingy… I kinda thought we were done with these. I mean, it looks like one of the Rebel packs from Endor, so that’s at least kind of cool, but it’s still not a piece I see myself using ever. Both the figure and the backpack are ForceLink compatible, so there’s that.
ELITE PRAETORIAN GUARD
First we had the Imperial Royal Guards, now we have the Elite Praetorian Guard. Always gotta have those regal looking dudes in red, right? These guys were kept und wraps for a while in the lead-up to the product launch, but now they’re all over the place. Here’s hoping they don’t end up as glorified cameos like the Guavian Enforcers. There are three different helmet variations for the Guards; the one seen here has what appears to be a hat of some sort. Maybe he’s trying to keep the sun out of his eyes? Anyway, the figure stands about 4 inches tall and has the standard 5 points of articulation. Like yesterday’s Luke figure, this guy’s got the skirt cut into legs thing going on. It works okay with this design, fortunately enough, so I can’t really complain. The sculpt is all-new, and generally pretty decent. The work on the armored parts is nice and crisp, and he’s even got some great texture work on the skirt to denote it as a separate material. The Guard’s paintwork is actually quite minimal, with the only real work being the small blue dot near the top of his torso, and a little bit of black on his inner thighs. It’s accurate to what we’ve seen so far of these guys, and they did go to the effort of giving the armor and the skirt two different finishes, which is nice. He’s packed with a pair of axes, which can be dual wielded or snapped together to form one larger weapon, which is pretty nifty. Like Rey, he’s also ForceLink compatible.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Like Luke, this set was pretty high on my Force Friday list. I had initially planned to just grab the standard Rey, but I really couldn’t pass up the sweet looking Guard. I found this set early as well, but was still unable to purchase it until the actual event. This set didn’t prove too difficult to grab on Friday morning; I ended up picking it up off the floor after the guy mentioned yesterday flung it from its peg. Rey’s probably my favorite small-scale figure of her yet (though the Resistance version is still a very reputable contender). The Guard is a lot of fun and I can’t wait to pick up the other two variants down the line.