Forces of Destiny Adventure Figure
Item No.: Asst. C1621 No. C1624
Includes: Blaster, baton
Action Feature: Squeeze legs for swinging baton
Availability: August 2017
Appearances: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Bio: A rebel to the core, Jyn Erso takes matters into her own hands to protect others! (Can from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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Commentary: When I first saw Forces of Destiny stuff, my reaction was "Oh, neat. This isn't for me." I still feel the same way - I bet there's a lot of success here because Hasbro usually dropped the ball with women in all of its action figure lines (ditto Kenner, Toy Biz, Mattel, etc.) during my lifetime. The female-focus is a great start, but where do you go from there? Men, of course. Oh well. Jyn Erso was part of the line's debut, which I wish took place a year ago rather than after that movie's time in the sun ended. This adventure doll was designed to do what dolls don't - stand. This figure stands better than many 3 3/4-inch and 6-inch action figures I own, which is remarkable when you consider this is a feat even Barbie can't accomplish.
Her hair in the front is stiff, and there was a weird fastener going through her hair into her head in the packaging. I couldn't remove it, so all I could do was push it under the hairline. (I didn't like it. It disturbed me.) Her hair looks a little weird out of the box, but maybe I could glue it down or something. The face is a decent likeness of Felicity Jones in doll form, and the costume has cloth elements like a vest and a scarf. The boots are separate rubbery pieces which look potentially removable, but I'm not going to mess with it. Her belt has a working holster and removable blaster, plus she has a cool baton to club people.
If you squeeze her legs she does this twist-and-bash action that's kind of fun, but it's a little soft. It's better than many features on smaller toys for boys, though, so I give Hasbro credit for making something that kids may enjoy regardless of gender. (But time shall tell if there will be a "doll" stigma.)
While the figure is well-engineered with a pleasant design and surprisingly good articulation for the price - the same as a 6-inch The Black Series figure - I don't think I'm going to go all-in on the 11-inch adventure figure format. I might pick and choose, but as a too-old collector who came up during the original trilogy I'm just not really feeling any new scale of figures. I just want to stick with 3 3/4-inch and possibly 6-inch until it becomes a burden. It's a decent product and I'd advise you buy one for yourself just to try it out, or better yet, buy one for a child in your life and play with theirs. I'd love to see this line take off and grow, but due to size, space constraints, and the fact I already have many other Jyn Erso figures I wouldn't call it essential. It is good, but all I want is something else. If this line launched with something I didn't already own as a toy in multiple sizes, I think I'd be more excited for the form factor.
Collector's Notes: Hasbro's PR firm sent this sample to Galactic Hunter HQ, we decided to review it.
Day 2,408: September 13, 2017