Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,471: Rey (Crait Defense, The Last Jedi Line Look)

REY Crait Defense
The Last Jedi Home Video Battle on Crait 4-Pack
Item No.:
   No. E0321
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: 4 figures, 4 blasters, poncho, lightsaber, staff
Action Feature: Force Link sounds
Retail: $24.99
Availability: February 2018
Appearances: The Last Jedi

Bio: At long last, Rey has found Luke Skywalker, the last Jedi Master in the Galaxy.   Hoping to find a hero of legend, she must unlearn what she has learned as Skywalker challenges her expectations.  (Taken from the figure's packaging.)

Image: Adam's photo lab.

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

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Commentary:  "Just different to make you mad" has been a recurring theme here, especially since 2005 when Hasbro put a lot of toys in circulation in a short period of time.  And again in 2006.   And again in 2007.   "The same figure with dirt on its shoes" was a common thing, and this Rey does it with salt.  She's pretty much the same as Rey (Jedi Training) [FOTD #2,445], the made-in-China figure with less hip movement and better accessory detailing.    Love how her face is painted, it's a lot sharper and has a lot more personality than the single-carded Rey from last year.

Deco is sharp but it's pretty much the same as the carded figure, save for batch changes and one added point of decoration - salty boots.  Inspired by Bolivia, Rey has white on her shoes.   That's why this one is special - we've seen the same thing with R2-D2, Chewbacca, C-3PO, Darth Vader, and we've seen grass stains on Stormtroopers too.   I realize many may furrow their brow, but I applaud Hasbro for having actually made it different.   For the last two films, we got a Rey and a Jyn that looked pretty much the same.  This is not fun nor is it terribly interesting.   While I'd rather have a new figure, that wasn't an option.  A change beats no change, variations may not always be exciting but I'll take any sort of change rather than a third nearly identical Rey.   She's the least interesting part of the boxed set, but at least she is a little bit different.   If you see this set in a store, go ahead and snag one.  You're worth it.  For $25ish, the set is too.

Packaging Notes: This is a good box.   The footprint is the same as the previous Disney movie 4-packs, which were designed to be the same size as the digital download boxes a few years ago so a fan could collect them all on a shelf together.  This isn't widely promoted.  The box itself is much better than the rest of the 3 3/4-inch figure line, with a much better use of the space.  The back has bios for all four figures in multiple languages along with shots of figures that show them with (or without) their accessories, and there's no big use of white space like on the Kohl's set.  Hasbro did a great job here.

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

--Adam Pawlus

Day 2,471: April 11, 2018

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