The Force Awakens Desert and Snow Figures
Item No.: Asst. B3963 No. B6949
Includes: "Combine" scythe, hood, lightsaber
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: January 2016
Appearances: The Force Awakens
Bio: A dark warrior strong with the Force, Kylo Ren commands First Order missions with a temper as fiery as his unconventional Lightsaber.(Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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Kylo Ren isn't much of a fashionista, wearing effectively the same thing in every scene plus or minus a helmet and a small hood. Hasbro could have saved some money by taking one of the two previous sculpts and just swapping out the head, but they didn't - this new Kylo Ren has a different pose, different torso, different head, and pretty much different everything. I admire their taking no shortcuts, but if ever there was a time where it would be appropriate it was this. New tooling is short and Hasbro repackaged a few figures with new gear in this line - including from older lines - so why not here? Are we really going to notice the fact that the robes are moved so you can get a better look at his boots and pant legs? Is it obvious that he's making a Force-gesture with his left hand? Does anyone - and I mean anyone - notice that the robes around his crotch were spread apart a tiny bit to account the new pose? Probably not - but I admire Hasbro's attention to detail when doing something different.
His face is partially obscured by a hood, but you can pop that right off to see the Ken Doll take on Adam Driver. The dude's got a distinctive head, to say the least - this downplays many of its more interesting features with clean, clear skin and hair that doesn't quite live up to the promises of a shampoo commercial like in the actual movie. But that's totally his face, if a little paler than it could be. The eyebrows are angry - a good fit for a villain, but when we see his face he's not always furious. That's what the mask is for. It's a good representation of Mr. Driver, but I have no doubt a few pennies could throw in a mole (or beauty mark or whatever) or two, perhaps a little more color on the face. But it's not like his predecessors in this scale usually had such minor features, so what am I complaining about? It's pretty good. Also making this figure desirable, this is (to date) the only unmasked Adam Driver head in this scale - meaning if you want a Matt the Radar Tech figure, you're going to need to sacrifice one to the toy gods. (An official one appears to be a licensing impossibility at the moment. Plus the joke sorta ran its course, solid as it was.)
His bonus weapon stands alone nicely, but it's also completely ridiculous. It's basically a cybernetic Grim Reaper scythe that shoots a missile. Why? I don't know. But it does, and you can get it, I guess. If you connect it to the other two weapons, you can build a big, ugly pile of weapons that shoots. I assume someone was challenged by a manager to do this, and the end results are challenging indeed. If you threw this in a parts drawer never to be seen again, you'd likely not miss it. It's not a bad accessory, it's just something that adds to the cost of the figure and doesn't do the collector - and I would also argue the child - any favors.
You have every reason to buy this figure if you can find one - unless there's a better one coming for Episode 8, you will want to be sure you get this one when the chance comes. At this point I would bet a small amount of money that Ross or TJ Maxx will get him. I wouldn't necessarily pay the current secondary market asking rate, but then again I wouldn't want to go without him. I can't wait until he has a vehicle! This figure can stand and sit, but his wide stance will no doubt make vehicle compatibility an issue down the road.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.
Day 2,265: August 25, 2016