Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Road to Rogue One: Sabine [Masked] from Pop! Star Wars by Funko

   I love Star Wars: Rebels and Sabine is definitely one of my favorite characters on the show (although my order of favorites changes all the time), so I was really glad to see that Walgreens' has an exclusive POP! vinyl of Sabine in her colorfully painted Mandalorian helmet. There is a standard version of this figure coming out, too, which features Sabine's unmasked head and colorful hair, but this one has beat that one to retail. Let's take a closer look at Sabine Wren in her initial appearance in the POP! Star Wars line immediately after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 4 inches

Articulation: Bobbling head

Accessories: Display Stand

Non-Scalper Price: $10, but I got mine on a "Buy One, Get One Free" sale
 The Positives:

* Sabine is an artist and her look is always changing, sometimes subtly, to reflect the ever-changing growth of the Rebellion (citation needed). She wears the distinctive Mandalorian helmet of her people and it's beautifully painted. This style of art looks great on a Pop! vinyl, doesn't it?

 * Sabine has a really cool outfit and Funko has made sure to capture every detail. Just because Funko's POP! vinyls have a unique and somewhat caricatured style doesn't mean they skimp on the details. Sabine's armor, holsters, and the emblems on her shoulders are all accounted for here.

 * Check out the paint stains on Sabine's boots! I love this detail as it not only looks cool but pays tribute to the character's role of designing and painting anti-Imperial/ pro-Rebel graffiti. While Funko Pop! vinyls do have a simplicity to them, it's always cool to see a special detail like this. Really, the paint on this figure is just quite nice overall. Also note the (intentional) paint scratches on Sabine's knee pads. Slick!

* Not only is Sabine sporting her dual WESTAR-35 blaster pistols but they have some rather clean paint applications on them. The only thing better than dual wielding some sweet blaster pistols is dual wielding some sweet looking blaster pistols.

 * Like the other Star Wars POP! vinyls, Sabine comes with a display stand. It's a simple black plastic stand with the Star Wars logo in silver across the front, but it nicely holds the figure in place and looks great on display. I love the uniformity of these!
I think it's pretty tough for Funko to screw up a POP! due to their cool stylized appearance, and, as your love for a character tends to be the reason why you buy them in the first place, you're kind of already predetermined to buy ones you like. Sabine really seems to be a great POP! though, with some impressive sculpting and paintwork. Walgreens' has been getting some impressive exclusives and Sabine seems like a Great and a 1/2 POP! figure. Check her out the next time you have to run out to pick up a prescription, some cotton balls, and a bag of Doritos.

If you're a fan of the character, know that I've reviewed a couple of other Sabine toys on here so far: The two pack of season one  Sabine Wren and a Stormtrooper and the single carded season 2 Sabine Wren.

For more Star Wars Pop! vinyls, check out the following:

Ahsoka #130
Ben Kenobi #99
Boba Fett #102 
Captain Phasma [Chrome] #91
Chewbacca #63 [Flocked]
Darth Vader [Bespin] #158
General Grievous #129
Grand Moff Tarkin #159
IG-88 #103
R2-D2 (Jabba's Skiff) #121
Red Snaggletooth #70
TIE Fighter Pilot #89

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