Rogue One Two Pack Action Figures
Item No.: Asst. B7073 No. C0928
Includes: 2 figures, 2 rifles, 1 backpack rocket launcher, 2 projectiles
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: October 2017
Appearances: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Bio: Relishing the thrill of action, Bistan fights to ensure the freedom of fellow Iakaru, taking on enemies like Imperial stormtroopers. Specialist stormtroopers stationed at the top secret Imperial military headquarters on Scarif, Shoretroopers patrol the beaches and bunkers of the planetary facility. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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I picked up one of the big Rogue One guide books and was irritated by how wonderful it was - dozens of Original Trilogy-ish aliens, rebels, Imperials, and other characters were all sitting there. And because Hasbro figured Rogue One would be less popular, the line was over before we saw the movie and could say "I want that!" Mercifully Bistan got pulled from the garbage chute and cranked out - so you should order one. This is the last figure from that line - Fenn Rau made it out overseas (and a startlingly limited number were made of the US assortment which technically never hit - but that's another story) so for those of you who want to be all-in, get this. It's cool.
Bistan is about 3 1/2-inches tall, a full head shorter than his trooper companion. The figure itself has a ball-jointed neck that gives him a really good range of motion, with a head tilt that you don't normally see in these guys. The bulky suit allowed for more movement, and I appreciate it. He wears a drab costume that's in line with the whole recycled costume aesthetic we saw in the original trilogy, complete with a ring around his neck that implies a matching space helmet could have been out of view of the camera. While he lacks patterned texture on his costume, he's loaded with wrinkles and stitched details. Pockets, patches, and what may well be a parachute pack add a lot to a costume that seems simple at first glance. A few of the cables and straps on his suit were left unpainted, but most of them do get some level of decoration - like the connectors on his wrists, the silver buckles, even a codpiece. The limbs all move freely, and he could sit if he didn't have a corner of cloth hanging off his backside. The eyes match the movie and the head sculpt is good, but it's impossible to match the wispy eyebrows and mustache of the film design at this scale. The Hasbro designers came close, though.
The level of contrast in the face is a little higher than it probably should be, but it does help it from looking too samey. It's also t he only Bistan you're likely to get, and he has a rocket pack that shoots fairly well. A Rebel blaster fits in his hand snuggly, making this a pretty decked-out figure. As most things Rogue One are being shoved under the proverbial table right now, you should probably snag this and also bug Hasbro to make some of the other characters from the film like Blue Squadron, Caitken, Killi Gimm, or other designs that only appeal to men in their 20s-40s.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth where it is a de facto exclusive shared with its EE Distribution wholesale wing.
Day 2,427: November 20, 2017