Rogue One Basic Figures
Item No.: Asst. B7072 No. B7282
Includes: Helmet, 2 blasters, zipline gauntlet
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: September 2016
Appearances: Star Wars Rebels
Bio: A Mandalorian Warrior, Sabine Wren is an explosive expert and graffiti artist - qualities that make her an excellent fit as one of the first Rebels against the Empire. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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When it comes to deco, the level of detail is much sharper than there are more paint applications than her previous outing. They also changed her skin color, so she's not another white girl. The hair fades form a dark bluish black color to the green tips, and the face is painted quite well. Her lips and eyes don't quite pop like the art on the show, but she more or less looks like she should with the "5" on her shoulder, painted checkers on the shoulder armor, armor on the opposite shoulder painted with a small creature, a screen on her gauntlet, painted knee pads and gauntlets... they did a nice job. They also didn't paint numerous elements, like the spots on the front of her boots and her elbow pads. This is most likely due to making sure the figure comes in under budget, because the extra deco on the hair and helmet and everywhere else doesn't come cheap. Maybe she stole a few pennies from the Stormtrooper and K-2SO. But I digress - they did a nice job making a better figure with functioning holsters than last time. I'm sure customizers with a magnifying glass could improve on her considerably, but Hasbro might find this a challenge even in The Black Series given just how much is going on here.
Both silver blasters fit in her hands and holsters without much fuss, but the thing Hasbro wants you to pay attention to is the "zipline" accessory. It's OK - thematically appropriate, interesting, and creatively non-lethal in a line where "Wars" are the theme and 50% of the title. The wrist bit is modeled after Boba Fett's gauntlet, with a string going through it sporting hooks on either end. You can attach them to something, and she can slide down it to adventure or safety or whatever you so choose. It's OK. I like that it works, that it fits, and that she can carry it without tipping over. I also love that it's recognizably Star Wars-y, which The Force Awakens' Combine weapons largely were not. "It's a gun!" "It's a claw!" Who cares? Giving Sabine a functional (and fun) accessory that looks like it belongs in this particular franchise was a good move. I don't know if kids will find her to enjoy it, but I hope so - it's worthwhile. And splendid.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.
Day 2,290: October 13, 2016