The Black Series Centerpiece
Item No.: No. E0331
Includes: Blade, base, antenna, flame, bolt, figure, skirt pieces, 6 foot pegs (hidden)
Action Feature: Lights up
Availability: April 2018
Appearances: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Bio: In service of Supreme Leader Snoke and the powerful First Order, Kylo Ren and a legion of stormtroopers invade Jakku in search of the star map that will lead them to the last Jedi in the galaxy, Luke Skywalker. (Taken from the packaging.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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Hasbro's sculptors did an awesome job giving Kylo Ren life with an action-oriented pose showing a quick turn and mastery of the Dark Side to save his neck. The robe textures are some of the best in this line, and moving away from cloth gives us one of the best Kylo Ren collectibles yet. He just can't move - what you see is what you get. It's amazing with amazing detail in the arms, legs, boots, helmet, hood, and everything else - but if you don't love the pose, this is pretty much it. You could also swap out another The Black Series Kylo Ren if you want, but I like this one here just fine.
While it's pretty stunning and on par with some of the statues we get - except plastic - so as a statue, it's cool and priced well. As an action figure, it's a lousy deal - a $20ish figure, minus articulation, with a $30 base with a couple of LEDs seems nutty. The final product does look excellent though - so I'd say Hasbro has justified taking your $50 here. They made something really good here - even though it's expensive. If you see it on clearance and don't buy it, I pity you. I'd even say buy it at full price and hopefully Hasbro continues the line with scene-specific takes on things you might want like Boba Fett, or something relating to Han Solo in the Carbon Freeze chamber, or (if you'd let me) a multi-figure set focusing on the Kylo Ren and Rey team-up from The Last Jedi against the Praetorian Guard. This format has potential for amazing things, if Hasbro keeps it going I bet it could turn around - much like the original 7-inch Unleashed line took a few waves to really kick off.
Packaging Notes: A significant improvement from the 2017 models, this one has a fifth panel box with velcro tabs and a ton of photography showing it off. It just looks and feels better, like Hasbro took the idea and ran with it. What we got before was the beta - this is a final release with a stronger pose and movie tie-in as opposed to the off-camera statues we got before. This is the first Centerpiece toy - and one of very few similar items even when comparing it to the Unleashed 7-inch line - modeled after a specific movie moment. It's much stronger as a result.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.
Day 2,481: May 14, 2018