Rogue One Two Pack Action Figures
Item No.: Asst. B7073 No. B9855
Includes: 2 figures, 1 lightsaber, 1 rocket launcher, blaster, 2 rockets, cape
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: December 2016
Appearances: Star Wars Rebels
Bio: Finn's conscience and desperation to escape his stormtrooper past propel him down a heroic and dangerous path when he faces off against the formidable Captain Phasma and the First Order's legions of troopers during a devastating night raid on Jakku. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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The capes are basically the same. The 2015 China versions are a tiny bit blacker, while the 2016 Vietnam one is a teensy bit sharper in the details - it could just vary from sample to sample. I'm grasping for differences here, they look basically the same with the same red trim.
The figures are very similar - but there are differences if you squint. The chest and inner forearms have sculpted details that differ ever-so-slightly. The Vietnamese version from this 2-pack is barely better, just a tiny bit sharper on small details. The bank of lines on the right side of her chest and the forearms are better on the Vietnamese version, but the area directly under the palm of the hands is better on the Chinese version - barely. Both have five points of articulation, but the leg joints are cut slightly differently and the Vietnamese one can swing forward more.
When comparing the helmets, the Vietnamese version seems to have more paint and a smidgen more detail in the black areas. The various sculpted pinstripes are a bit cleaner on the Vietnamese version as well.
The centerpiece of this boxed set is the shoulder-mounted rocket launcher which is so big, it prevents her from standing upright. It looks a little goofy and is unbalanced, but the handgrip was well-designed. The backpack connects to a jointed arm, which itself has a jointed grip. Hasbro made sure Phasma - and maybe even other figures - can use this weapon. The launcher piece pegs right on, and each rocket is fired from a separate button. They go a few feet, with powerful springs that I would rate as good by modern standards.
Look, I'm not going to lie to you - unless you collect variants, you should skip this 2-pack. If you don't have Finn and/or Phasma yet, it's a good set. If you need deco, sculpt, and accessory variants that absolutely nobody would notice with the naked eye sans comparison, you need this. However, it's packed five per case - when it shows up, it's probably going to hit hard. If it sells fast, it could be a success as Finn is largely off the market and so is Phasma. I'm guessing a glut may be incoming, though so get it if you see it. And hopefully next time Hasbro just puts out a trooper two-pack instead when they need an (I assume) final wave set.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.
Day 2,333: January 12, 2017