KANAN JARRUS Secret Exclusive Figure
Star Wars Rebels Mission Series The Ghost Toys R Us Exclusive
Item No.: No. B0315
Includes: Lightsaber, Ezra Bridger figure, Obi-Wan Kenobi figure
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: September 2014
Appearances: Star Wars Rebels
Bio: Born the day the Galactic Empire was founded, Ezra Bridger has been a lone rebel for his entire life. That is, until he crosses path with Kanan Jarrus and discovers a mysterious hologram from a Jedi named Obi-Wan Kenobi. What secret will be revealed? (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
Commentary: I suspect that Kanan Jarrus will be identical when released again this year individually in Saga Legends, or in a Target-exclusive bundle with the Phantom vehicle. For now, this is his retail debut and as such that's a cause for celebration! It's been quite a while since we had brand-new Star Wars with an all-new cast and an all-new show. Heck, even the prequels gave us mostly existing characters in younger forms, so this is something of a minor miracle. I'm quite pleased with the results - seeing a few preview videos and nothing of the actual show, I love this figure. It's well done for what it needs to be, and I can only assume the details are what I think they are. Basically, what we have here is a mishmash of tributes of existing things. His right arm looks like it's wearing stolen and repainted Stormtrooper armor. The outfit looks a little bit like McQuarrie's Luke/Deak concepts. His head - and much of his look - reminds me a lot of Rahm Kota, albeit much younger. This figure just looks like a tribute to the now-excised Expanded Universe, which is kind of nice. The look and feel is nice to keep around.
Collector's Notes: As far as I can tell this is the first action figure release for Rebels and potentially the first "stealth" action figure exclusive to hit before a formal announcement in quite some time. Kudos, Hasbro - well done sneaking this one past us. Please consider more introductions like this - I'll buy any multi-pack of upcoming figures with a bonus exclusive figure without a single complaint if they keep coming out before the basic, non-exclusive versions. And for the collectors - as this is the note section - keep in mind that Ezra and Kanan will be packaged individually in just a few weeks for about $6 each. Kanan will also be bundled with the Phantom vehicle at Target.
Day 2,098: September 15, 2014