Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,422: Kylo Ren (The Last Jedi Line Look)

KYLO REN with Force Link
The Last Jedi Basic Figure Orange Assortment
Item No.:
Asst. C1503  No. C1506
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: Cape, lightsaber
Action Feature: Force Link sounds
Retail: $8.99
Availability: September 2017
Appearances: The Last Jedi

Bio: Kylo Ren, a human male, was a Force warrior and a former Jedi trainee under his uncle, Jedi Master Luke Skywalker, before Ren destroyed Skywalker's attempt to restore the Jedi Order and became an apprentice of Supreme Leader Snoke of the First Order. (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:  If you're making a new movie, you're going to get more of Kylo Ren.  I got a few emails lamenting this - even though the figure is in a new costume with a new head, some thought we had enough by getting him in the last movie line a few times.   Kylo Ren is kind of like Darth Vader, in that you're going to get more of him.   He's a major player, and even though the figure may look like The Force Awakens  he's new for this movie.  But - three figures share this sculpt so far.

If you're collecting them all, each figure is slightly different.  The other unmasked Kylo Ren with the TIE Silencer has a different Force Link logo position on his foot, and the head is decorated differently.  (Let's be honest - this one is better.)  What makes this figure unique is the cape, often rumored to be an artifact from Darth Vader.  It might merely look like Vader's cape but I don't know.  It's black, it flows, it's plastic.  You can take it off, and the legs are jointed to fit in a vehicle with no problems.  The robes are shorter like that of a Jedi, giving us a better look at his legs and boots.   His arms have that horizontal banding, bringing to mind the original Darth Vader costume.

His head has a swell scowl and decent paint on most samples, plus a painted scar that looks great.  His hair is painted far better than his pack-in counterpart, and mine stands without any fuss despite hanging out on my desk for nearly a month.   I would've loved to have a cloth cape, super-articulated version but this is nice too.   Hasbro did a good enough job, and the lightsaber fits in his hand because that's the least any figure should do.  You won't be amazed by this one, but it might be worth picking up. 

If you want Kylo Ren in this costume with a helmet, he's currently sold with a Force Link band.   We'll look at that version soon.

Force Link Notes: "I feel the power of the Force."  "I know what I have to do." "We're not done yet."  Lightsaber hums... and an engine?  "Traitor!"

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

--Adam Pawlus

Day 2,422: November 1, 2017

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