Monday, January 1, 2018

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,442: Finn (Resistance Fighter, The Last Jedi Line Look)

FINN (Resistance Fighter) with Force Link
The Last Jedi Basic Figure Orange Assortment
Item No.:
Asst. C1503  No. C1505
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: Blaster
Action Feature: Force Link sounds
Retail: $8.99
Availability: September 2017
Appearances: The Last Jedi

Bio: Finn was a human male who fought for the Resistance during their war against the First Order, which he previously served in as a stormtrooper prior to defecting.  (Stolen from Wookieepedia.  Packaging has no bio.)

Image: Adam's photo lab.

Availability: Click here to buy it at Entertainment Earth now!

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Commentary:  Much like Poe, I find Finn (Resistance Fighter) figures to be irritating.  Finn is one of my favorite characters - a lovable goof, with a good heart who's a bit of a coward.   As an audience surrogate, he's one of the best - of course he'd get his butt handed to him.  He's a janitor.  He even had some pretty cool costumes, but Hasbro once again didn't lead with the one that would be the biggest seller.  For The Force Awakens they leaned heavily on Poe-jacket Finn - which, hey, why not.  Fans began shipping him and thanks to many toys in the same outfit, sales slumped.  And for this new movie?  Same figure, new pants and shirt.   Bah!  I would've been excited for his medi-suit, but that wouldn't sell.   His First Order Officer uniform figure is coming later supposedly, but Hasbro (or Disney) decided to launch with this figure instead.

It's a good figure - the jacket matches the lighter tan of the China-made figures, rather than the slightly darker brown of the one from Vietnam from Rogue One.   The detail is good, he has 5 points of articulation, and the blaster is pretty much the same giant gun Han handed him.  Thanks to the same jacket and accessory, it's easy to confuse the figure for a repack despite wearing a new shirt and pants not unlike what Han Solo had on in 1977.  His jacket details are crisp, and the likeness is good - the eyes have a little less white in them this time.  Overall it's probably a better figure than the last mainline Finn, but if you just want a good Finn you've probably already got one.   If you need something specific to the new movie - and I do - this is currently the best and only 3 3/4-inch option.
Thanks to the sound effects being recycled from The Force Awakens there's not a lot of freshness here.  It's good.  It's improved.   It's just not the massive difference we saw with figures from previous sequels - I'm both surprised and somewhat delighted Disney didn't lean on the creative team more to change stuff up just to sell toys.   It's good, because it's not like any of the designs should change that significantly given no time had passed between movies.  On the other hand, Finn somehow has new pants and Poe has a new engine upgrade that just got slapped on in a few hours.   Sure, I guess.  Whatever.   It's a decent figure, and if you're collecting it's probably already on your shopping list.

Force Link Notes:  "My name is Finn. I'm in charge."  "Do exactly as I say. I can get you out of here."  "Stay low. It confuses their tracking."  Also a smattering of blaster sounds.

Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 2,442: January 1, 2018

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