Monday, September 11, 2017

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

    While Hasbro has yet to release a 6 inch version of Rey in the outfit she wears at the end of The Force Awakens (don't worry, it's coming soon!), we already have an action figure of Rey based on at least one of her appearances in The Last Jedi: Rey in her Jedi Training outfit. Rey is an excellent figure but she definitely still shows off Hasbro's primary weaknesses with this line due to a headsculpt that is a bit off. While they do an incredible job with characters without living actor/actress counterparts and non-humans, they seem to have a tough time capturing likenesses. Still, Rey also shows off many of the strengths in this line: Nice accessories, functional holsters, and unexpected costume details. Let's take a closer look at the (presumably) major hero of the Sequel Trilogy 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), and blaster pistol.

Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars
 The Positives:

* 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. 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? 

 * The texture on the tunic Rey is sporting underneath her "robes" is really cool. I like the material. I'm also liking the noticeable textures on the fabric strips that give it a woven look. It's cool that she kind of has a style while still getting a new outfit.
 * Of course Hasbro had to include the Skywalker lightsaber. You know, the lightsaber that Anakin built that Obi-Wan took and gave to Luke who lost it on Bespin and somehow made it's way to Maz Kanata who gave it to Finn who used it for a bit but was later wielded by Rey who took it and gave it back to far, anyways. Plenty of figures have already been released with this lightsaber, so you know what you're getting here.

* Rey also comes with her staff. It's not perfect, but it seems to have a bit sharper of a sculpt than the Jakku verson of Rey had. I think the strap is more effectively placed, too, so that Rey can wear it across her shoulders.

 * The accessory included with this release that I was most excited about is the NN-14 blaster pistol that Han Solo gave to Rey on Takodana. This is an incredible design and Hasbro nailed it. The weathering on it is pretty slick, too. I actually bought the die-cast metal Rey figure on clearance to give my Hasbro Jakku Rey this pistol (and a backpack) but I like this one much better.

 * 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!
 The Negatives:

* This isn't a bad looking headsculpt at all; it just doesn't look like Daisy Ridley. I can see "Rey" here, or maybe a really good Rey cosplayer, but I'm not seeing Daisy Ridley. Considering how prominent of a character she is, I hope Hasbro gets a bit closer to the mark with her likeness for the upcoming Resistance Rey figure.

   While it seems like action figures of Rey and Kylo Ren have flooded toy shelves for the past two years, picking up these new The Last Jedi versions of the characters really feels very fresh. I love Rey's new outfit. The detail work on this really shows that Hasbro has been making some great improvements with this line. While the headsculpt isn't a perfect likeness, it's still a nice headsculpt. With plenty of accessories and great articulation, Rey is a really fun action figure. She's a Great and a 1/2 Black Series figure! Of course, there is one more Black Series Rey figure that was released on Force Friday wasn't there? Check back soon for another great review...

I've only reviewed a couple of Rey figures, including Hasbro's Black Series Rey (Jakku) & BB-8 and the K-Mart exclusive Rey (Starkiller Base). 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 Black Series figures from Phase III, 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
Ahsoka Tano 
AT-AT Pilot 
Baze Malbus
Captain Cassian Andor (Eadu) 
C-3PO (Resistance Base)
Captain Phasma
Chirrut Imwe 
Clone Commander Gree
Constable Zuvio
Darth Revan 
Darth Vader (Emperor's Wrath)
Director Krennic
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 TIE Fighter Pilot
Grand Admiral Thrawn (SDCC Exclusive)
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
Jango Fett
Kanan Jarrus
Kylo Ren 
Kylo Ren (SDCC 2016)
Kylo Ren (Starkiller Base)
Kylo Ren (The Last Jedi)
Lando Calrissian
Luke Skywalker 
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 (Starkiller Base) 
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)
Tusken Raider 
X-34 Landspeeder & Luke Skywalker (SDCC Exclusive) 
X-Wing Pilot Asty 


  1. Been wanting this costume since the end of the first movie! Glad to see she's a good figure. I found her once, but the eyes were off, so I gotta wait for a good one.

    1. There's a variant of this figure coming out that has her robes as actual soft goods. She comes with the same accessories but apparently at least one of them is die-cast metal. She also comes with a large display base, kind of like the K-Mart exclusives from TFA and Rogue One. Toys R Us Canada put them up yesterday but they only ship to Canada. It's Called Rey (Crait), Crait being the planet from the trailers that looks all white and red. The planet actually appears in the recently released book Leia: Princess of Alderaan, too.


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