Sunday, February 25, 2018

Road to Solo: DJ (Canto Bight) from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

   After looking at both the newest series of figures from Star Wars: The Black Series and the Toy Fair 2018 reveals it is clear that Hasbro has really upped their game. While Hasbro has had some real difficulties with the Star Wars license over the past few years they seem to be back on track: The Vintage Collection is returning, they're offering up a crowd-funded vehicle/playset of Jabba the Hutt's sail barge (The Khetanna), and the Black Series offerings look better than ever thanks to the adoption of the new face-printing technology that the Marvel Legends line has been using for a year or so. DJ is part of a small series of figures which also includes Rey (Island Journey) and a revised version of the HasCon Captain Rex figure. So, what do you think about DJ? I think DJ (played by Benicio del Toro) is a fascinating character that was stuck into the fairly pointless Canto Bight storyline and thus didn't feel like he was of much consequence. As a slicer (the Star Wars version of a hacker), he seems like the kind of scoundrel that would typically be pretty popular with Star Wars fans but I honestly don't see much talk about DJ. Hopefully we'll see the character again in either Episode IX or a book, (he's currently in a comic, too) and get more of a chance to appreciate him. Let's check out the figure and see how it fairs after the break, shall we?

 The Facts:

Height: 6 1/4 inches

Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, balljointed hips, a ball jointed abdomen, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/ hinge elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, a hinged neck, and a ball jointed head.

Accessories: Glie-44 pistol, Relby K-25 Blaster in heavy configuration, and a removable jacket shell.

Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars
 The Positives:

* DJ definitely has the look of an underworld dwelling Star Wars scoundrel: Dark colors, interesting jacket, scruff, and a holster for a pistol. He kind of reminds me of Elan Sleazebaggano, the Balosar drug dealer from Episode II. Of course, unlike Elan Sleazebaggano, DJ is a human. There is definitely a lack of alien side character in the Sequel Trilogy, isn't there? Anyways, DJ does have a cool look and Hasbro has done a great job of capturing his grungy, unkempt appearance.
 * The head sculpt is pretty impressive, particularly due to the new faceprinting technology. Benicio del Toro definitely seems like one of those actors whose likeness would be extremely hard to capture in plastic but Hasbro did a great job. The eyes, the hair, and the stubble look great. In person, this figure has an almost eerie lifelike quality.

 * DJ's "name" stands for Don't Join, which is kind of his motto. That's what is stamped onto this tin plate on the side of his hat and the aurebesh writing is not only stamped in but also quite legible.

* DJ's kodyok leather coat is pretty nice looking. Finn and Rose found the dude sleeping in a jail cell and his grungy appearance is present even in the coat, which seems to have a rough and rugged look to it. The design on the collar is pretty unique and superbly painted.

 * While he's wearing a long coat (doesn't a figure like this get you pumped up for an action figure of the trench coat wearing Han Solo from the Endor strike team?) the articulation really isn't impeded much at all. He moves as well as most any other Star Wars: The Black Series figure and can take some great poses. The range of motion in the elbows is incredible.

* DJ includes two blasters, both of which are really impressive pieces. First up is the Relby K-25 blaster which is used by the Canto Bight Police. This is a reconfigurable blaster that can be adjusted into a rifle mode and a pistol mode as well as the heavy configuration, which is seen here. It's actually an upgraded version of the K-23 that the Bespin Wing Guard used, interestingly enough. I don't remember DJ using this in the film (or any blaster, really), but I could be wrong on that.

* Next up is the Glie-44 which is carried by quite a few folks in the Sequel Trilogy including Poe Dameron and Finn. This is a great accessory with some excellent paint applications. Killer work here, Habsro.

 * DJ is sporting a holster for his Glie-44 underneath his trench coat. It has a functioning strap to keep the pistol safe and secure and it looks fantastic.

 The Negatives:

* If you look at DJ's shirt, you'll notice that the colors on the top half and bottom half don't match up quite right. With the coat on it isn't as noticeable (and, really, the coat isn't meant to be removed since the sleeves are sculpted on) but in the right light you can see the color difference even from the front.

* DJ comes with two pistols and no really good trigger fingers. So sad!
   DJ is an Epic figure and really shows the great work that Hasbro is doing with this line. The headsculpt and face printing are incredible, the work on the jacket is excellent, and the two included accessories are really impressive. I'm very, very excited for what the Black Series has in store in 2018. All of the Solo figures look great and upcoming Original Trilogy figures like the Gamorrean Guard, Dengar, Zuckuss, 4-LOM, Leia in her Hoth Gear, and Grand Moff Tarkin are all amazing looking as well. It's nice to see Hasbro giving this line their all again. Now, please: Reveal Count Dooku, Mace Windu, Padme, Yavin Ceremony Luke, Leia from the Marvel series, ROTJ Admiral Ackbar, and Ponda Baba!

This is the first DJ figure I've reviewed. I've reviewed plenty of other Black Series figures, though, including:

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
Jaina Solo (Legends)
Jango Fett
Kanan Jarrus
Kylo Ren 
Kylo Ren (SDCC 2016)
Kylo Ren (The Last Jedi) 
Kylo Ren (Starkiller Base)
Kylo Ren (Throne Room)
Lando Calrissian
Luke Skywalker 
Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master) 
Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master)- Ahch-To Island
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 Tech Rose
Resistance Trooper
Rey (Jakku) & BB-8 
Rey (Jedi Training)
Rey (Jedi Training)- Crait
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 


  1. Honestly don't see the resemblance to the character. Without the name I would have had no clue who it was.

    1. Really? I think he's a pretty spot on likeness. I think the issue is that DJ doesn't have too many things about him visually that jump out at you. I mean, if you saw someone trying to cosplay him what would help you know they were DJ other than their hat? Maybe a pair boots slung over their neck?


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