Saturday, December 9, 2017

Road to the Last Jedi: Rey (Jedi Training)- Crait from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

 Just a few weeks ago I received in the mail the latest Toys R Us Star Wars exclusive action figure from the Black Series: Rey in her Jedi Training outfit on the planet Crait. While Rey is quite similar to the previously released figure that appeared in both the SDCC 2017 exclusive two-pack and as a single packaged release, there are actually quite a few differences here that should make this figure appealing to you if you're a die-hard Black Series fan including a pretty awesome display base and some die-cast weapons. The figure is actually different as well, featuring improved paint and actual soft goods. Hasbro has released some of these "deluxe" variations of the popular characters for both Episode VII and Rogue One so they're just continuing the tradition here. Let's check out this new version of Rey after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 5 5/8ths inches

Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, balljointed hips, balljointed mid-torso, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, hinged neck, and a balljointed head.

Accessories: Staff, 2-piece lightsaber (hilt and blade), die-cast metal lightsaber hilt, die-cast metal blaster pistol, and 2-piece display base.

Non-Scalper Price: $35 dollars

* Here's a look at the TRU exclusive Rey (left) and the standard single packed Rey (right). As you can the paint is improved on this newer figure on the arms and head and the tunic is completely different, featuring soft goods. While they look very similar these are two fairly different figures. 
 * Rey's articulation is really good. The Black Series figures are essentially built like the female Marvel Legends figures meaning that they can move pretty well. Not as well as a Marvel Legends figure, but close. Rey is a durable, well articulated action figure that is really fun to play with and the new soft goods make her even better. Having three different accessories to utilize also helps to inspire your imagination in giving her some cool poses.

* I like this costume. It has some similarities to Rey's standard TFA costume with the crossed fabric strips held together by a belt and the arm wraps, but the black tunic underneath is quite different. The colors are too. I like the bluish-gray fabric. Is this just what Rey has laying around extra or is this something that pays homage to Luke's Jedi order? While the appearance of the soft goods isn't as crisp as the sculpting on the standard figure, the soft goods do add a life-like appearance all of their own. How you feel about soft goods probably will heavily factor in to your own feelings about this figure.

 * Not only is the paintwork on Rey's arm wraps improved (they actually have some weathering on them) but she has a prominent gash in her right bicep. The paint work does a good job of making this look realistic in this scale.

 * Rather than just having the cloth wrap, the bottom of Rey's black tunic is also made from fabric. It has a different texture to it that differentiates it from the outer robe. The layered look here is pulled off very well and doesn't look oversized at all.

* I really don't think is a different headsculpt than the standard figure but the paintwork really improves this one. This actually looks like Daisy Risley! Great job here, Hasbro.

* Rey includes two of the same accessories that the standard figure includes: Hr staff (the strap is a bit lighter in color) and the Skywalker family lightsaber. The lightsaber does separate into two pieces just like every saber before.

* One of the selling points of this figure is the inclusion of the NN-14 blaster pistol that Han Solo gave to Rey on Takodana. This time it's made from die-cast metal, though. Die-cast metal accessories weren't something I was eagerly awaiting or anything but it is a cool feature. It's a slightly different mold from the pistol included with the standard figure, too.

* The second new accessory is a die-cast metal lightsaber hilt. Again, not exactly something everyone was clamoring for but it is a cool extra and a very nicely painted piece.

* Not only does Rey come with the NN-14, but she also has a holster to stow it in. It fits like a glove and is easy to access!
 * Crait is a new planet that will appear in Episode VIII. It was mentioned in the Rogue One visual guide and first appeared in Claudia Gray's Leia, Princess of Alderaan. The planet was a base for the early rebellion and is composed of red minerals with a heavy layer of salt on top. The base is pretty large and features a dusting of salt on the edges of the rock, red surface. Also, the base splits into two parts which is a cool feature.

* What do you think this large piece of machinery is? It looks quite a bit like a Snowspeeder thrust nozzle, doesn't it? Perhaps it's a leftover from the planet's past when it served as a Rebel base?
 The Negatives:

* While the soft goods wraps look great there definitely is some fraying going on here. That seems to happen on a lot of the Black Series soft goods.

* The trigger guard of the blaster pistol is a solid piece meaning that Rey's trigger finger won't fit in there. That makes it fairly difficult for her to hold the pistol.
  So... the price on this figure is $35 bucks, which is about $15 dollars more than a standard Black Series figure. That seems a bit steep, doesn't it? Still, this figure includes a pretty large 2-piece base, 2 die-cast metal accessories, and much better paintwork. It's costly but as a fan I feel that it's worth it for what you get. It's still a Great and a 1/2 product even with the raised cost. If you're only buying one Rey in this outfit, this is definitely the one to buy. She's well worth it.

I've reviewed a couple of Rey figures, including Hasbro's Black Series Rey (Jakku) & BB-8, the K-Mart exclusive Rey (Starkiller Base), Rey with her Speeder, and Rey (Jedi Training).  I've also checked out the Micro Machines Speeder Chase set that includes a micro Rey on her Speeder.

If you're looking for more figures from Star Wars: The Black Series, check out the following:

442nd Siege Battalion Clone Trooper, 212th Attack Battalion Utapau Trooper, Coruscant Guard ---(Phase II), and 501st Legion Clone Trooper 4 pack
Admiral Ackbar and First Order Officer
Ahsoka Tano 
AT-AT Pilot 
Baze Malbus
Captain Cassian Andor (Eadu) 
Captain Poe Dameron
C-3PO (Resistance Base)
Captain Phasma
Chirrut Imwe 
Clone Captain Rex (HasCon Exclusive)
Clone Commander Gree
Constable Zuvio
Darth Revan 
Darth Vader (Emperor's Wrath)
Director Krennic
Elite Praetorian Guard
Elite Praetorian Guard (with Heavy Blade)
Finn (First Order Disguise)
Finn (FN-2187)
Finn (Jakku)
First Order Flametrooper
First Order General Hux
First Order Snowtrooper
First Order Snowtrooper Officer
First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter
First Order Stormtrooper
First Order Stormtrooper Executioner 
First Order Stormtrooper (with Gear)
First Order TIE Fighter Pilot
General Leia Organa
Grand Admiral Thrawn (SDCC Exclusive)
Guardians of Evil 4-Pack
Guavian Enforcer
Han Solo 
Hera Syndulla
Imperial AT-ACT Driver
Imperial Death Trooper
Imperial Death Trooper, Captain Cassian Andor, and Sergeant Jyn Erso (Jedha) 3 pack
Imperial Hovertank Pilot 
Imperial Shock Trooper 
Imperial Royal Guard 
Inferno Squad Agent
Jango Fett
Kanan Jarrus
Kylo Ren 
Kylo Ren (SDCC 2016)
Kylo Ren (The Last Jedi) 
Kylo Ren (Starkiller Base)
Lando Calrissian
Luke Skywalker 
Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master) 
Maz Kanata 
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Force Spirit)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (SDCC 2016)
Phase 1 Clone Trooper Commander, Phase II Clone Trooper, Imperial Stormtrooper, and First Order ---Stormtrooper Officer four pack
Poe Dameron
Poe Dameron and First Order Riot Control Stormtrooper
Princess Leia Organa 
Qui-Gon Jinn
R2-A3, R5-K6, and R2-F2
Resistance Trooper
Rey (Jakku) & BB-8 
Rey (Jedi Training)
Rey (Starkiller Base) 
Rey's Speeder (Jakku)
Sabine Wren
Sandtrooper Sergeant, Crimson Stormtrooper, Lieutenant OXIXO, and R2-Q5
Scarif Stormtrooper
Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader 
Sergeant Jyn Erso (Eadu)
Sergeant Jyn Erso (Jedha)
Supreme Leader Snoke (Throne Room)
Tusken Raider 
X-34 Landspeeder & Luke Skywalker (SDCC Exclusive) 
X-Wing Pilot Asty 

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