Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,205: Finn (Starkiller Base - The Force Awakens)

FINN Starkiller Base
The Force Awakens   Armor Up Figures
Item No.:
Asst. B3886 No. B3887
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: Blaster, armor
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $12.99  
Availability: September 2015
Appearances: The Force Awakens

Bio: A trained warrior desperate to escape his past, Finn is plunged into adventure as his conscience drives him down a heroic, but dangerous, path. (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:  The Armor Up Finn has something new to offer.   Granted, it's not totally new - but nothing in here is a straight-up repack of items released on the launch day.  The armor is exclusive to this release.  The blaster has exclusive deco - and so does the figure.  Granted we really don't know much about the character yet, but it's very safe to assume he's an ex-Stormtrooper and he goes to a snow planet, if this deco is any indication.   His clothing is covered in snow - or at least, his pants are.  Maybe it's chalk dust from leaving the Academy in a hurry.    The figure - otherwise identical to the individually carded release - has added snow on his shoulders and sleeves as well but interestingly, the armor and head are devoid of snow.    Given that this figure is not a troop builder, I'm really happy Hasbro made sure to distinguish the figure itself beyond merely having different accessories - I hope they continue to do this.

His blaster is grimy and looks like someone rubbed dirty, disgusting week-old street snow all over it.   It's big and looks significantly cooler than the regular release, so if you've got the money this one may be worthwhile just for the unique deco.  The armor is no slouch either, although "armor" is a term I'd use loosely.  Basically they gave Finn a Han Solo-style blue snow jacket hood with face mask, and slapped it on white/blue/orange body armor that looks like it might fit in pretty much any modern Hasbro toy line.   It clamps over the figure quite nicely, mixing harder and softer plastics to fit over his head as his eyes can see right through the visor.  It's actually nicely engineered.  I assume it won't be in the movie, but it does resemble some of the recent Nerf N-Strike Elite toys and I get a big kick out of that.   If not in style, the colors definitely match Nerf's top-selling foam dart blaster line and that alone makes this an amusing purchase as a toy fan.   It works.  I won't say it's great or worth the $13, but it's certainly different enough to be notable.  I hope the price comes down, but given how well this and other figures are selling that's unlikely.

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

--Adam Pawlus

Day 2,205: September 30, 2015

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