The Last Jedi BB-8 2-In-1 Mega Playset
Item No.: No. C1253
Includes: Pike, Force Link, playset, bridges, 2 figures
Action Feature: Force Link sounds
Availability: September 2017
Appearances: The Last Jedi
Bio: The Elite Praetorian Guard were the personal guard of Snoke, Supreme Leader of the First Order, during the First Order's conflict with the Resistance. They were clad in ornate crimson armor, including Plastoid helmets, and robes and were armed with staff-like melee weapons with a blade on either end. (Stolen from Wookieepedia. Packaging has no bio.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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A ribbed face mask covers its mug, with a domed helmet on top and some armor on the back. There are no eyes, no mouth, no nose. It's a distant design, possibly attempting to make the military of the First Order increasingly literally faceless while taking cues from some of those weird mask/glasses things we occasionally see on tabloid news shows. Its built-in blandness may work for thematic purposes, but it's a drag. It's almost too normal - the Senate Guards were long and ornate, as were the Emperor's Royal Guards. The design feels much more based in reality, this seems like something someone in a made-up country on Earth in a movie might have in its color guard.
It's not bad... it's a good figural execution with lots of textures, bright colors, and great abilities. The design from the movie sucks, though. So kudos to Hasbro for delivering the goods as best as you could, and boo to the art team who came up with this one. For those looking to fill out a scene, that may prove challenging. Hopefully time will lead to an abundance of these if you want them, but it makes me love the First Order Stormtrooper design more than a little bit more.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.
Day 2,412: September 27, 2017