The SpartanNerd is back! I have decided to archive some of my older posts…some of those that never get hits, and this will solve my memory problem until I can pony up the 70-ish dollars to graduate to a higher tier on WordPress.
So with my newfound space, I will review a new product for me. My first ever Star Wars Black Series figure(s). Rey and BB-8!
I have long wanted to get Star Wars Black Series Darth Maul, but he is scarce and expensive when available. Have I been justified in my interest in this series?
Rey and BB-8 came in this box. Why this specific figure, and not, say, Kylo Ren? Well, I feel some connection with this character. She is enough child and enough adult…lots of mystery about her. But the other thing, we also get BB-8. And if I’m not mistaken, R2-D2 was a Black Series figure all on his own. So I kind of felt I got a two-for one. I got this at GameStop on the east side of SpartanBurg yesterday. Today I visited the Wal-Mart and noticed they had a ton of the other figures in stock, including Kylo Ren. But not Rey…in fact, many people have noted that Rey has few toys floating around out there depicting her, maybe because they are trying to dodge details about her full name and story, or otherwise.
The box is a nice blister where you can see what you get. And literally, thats it. It is very basic. The side is plastered with a “02” number indicator, and if you were a MIB collector, that is a nice touch, helping you feel you have the complete series.
The back has that “02” and a little bit of her story. Then warnings, and legal mumbo jumbo, including Disney and Hasbro. It is still hard for me to associate Star Wars with Disney.
Remember when I said the box was basic. I weren’t kidding. No instructions. Promotional materials. Bonus weapons. Nothing. Just the products. The red back drop is OK, but I just want to throw the box and blister bubble away.
Time to play!
So, Rey is one of the few female figures I have. I feel that her hands are a tad too soft. Her joints are OK, I expected her to be somewhat like the Liliana Vess figure I have. But Rey is more rubbery. Her elbows need to be moved just right, and they feel like they might break off if played with too rough. She has head swivel, shoulder and elbow articulation, and wrist swivel and rocker. No waist swivel. Her hips rock but are on a ball joint, as well as her knees and ankles. So it is her arms and head that you are going to get the most out of. Star Wars figures have a history of falling apart when you open them up, and not being durable for extended play…the verdict is still out on Rey here.
My biggest problem with this figure is none of that…it is the weapon. The weapon is supposed to be able to hang on Rey’s shoulder, and she grasps it with her right hand in an overhand grip. This can’t happen with this figure. See how the strap is too stiff, and unnaturally juts up over her soldier. And those hands really are rubbery…I fear that the thumb is going to break right off if I’m not careful.
BB-8 is just a ball, a peg, and a ball jointed head. Nothing fancy here. He can’t roll like he can in the movie…Not sure how they would accomplish that though. He does look exactly like he does in the movie. I wish he came with some kind of stand, because it is really hard to display him in a stable manner. Below I have him in “straight up” pose. It doesn’t want to flop over with the center of gravity focused like that.
But he usually just wants to flop over, like in the picture below.
So here is Rey with some other female characters I have. She really seem like a child standing next to Lilliana (from Magic the Gathering).
Liliana is of a “heftier” build than Rey, though she has articulation difficulties. I find that I am not afraid of breaking Liliana the way I am of Rey. Yes, I know Liliana is in a larger scale, slightly, before anyone says anything. But isn’t Star Wars Black Series supposed to represent a 6-inch Star Wars line of figures especially for adults?
Humor me, Rey is laughable next to Masters of the Universe Classics Balltleground Teela.
Scroll slowly for a funny picture!
OK, so how do I rate these two figures?
I have to mark off for three things. (I only use a five point scale!)
First of all, the whole weapon thing is bothersome. If Hasbro made this figure to compete with Marvel Select, MOTUC, and all of the other “adult collector” lines, they missed the mark on something crucial…adults don’t play so much as they display. Rey doesn’t look proper with that strap sticking up over her shoulder. And add in that BB-8 doesn’t have a display stand of some sort, and displaying Rey isn’t as pleasant as displaying almost any other figure meant for adult collectors. Dang. I mean, I gave Marvel Select Thor a 2/5, but his merits are in that he looks cool on display. Rey is pretty. But she doesn’t display properly.
The second thing is the durability problem. I haven’t broken ANY of the things that I have unboxed and reviewed. But if I do break something, I’d wager it’d be Rey’s thumbs and fingers/hands. Add in the way the elbows feel like they could break, and it just isn’t acceptable. I’ve heard arguments that they make, especially female, hands a little softer because they can be sharp and be a danger. I get that. But isn’t it a choking hazard if the hand breaks off? Think about THAT Hasbro.
Finally, something I haven’t mentioned. The paint is sloppy. Her hair seems like it is globbed on. Her eyes are always gazing upwards, which I’ll admit adds to the humility of the character, who subjects herself as a child. But it is better for the eyes to be neutral. The brown belt around her waist and wrist wrap on her left arm also feel quite globby. and finally, where her shins meet her boots, the caucasian color is painted around the high-top…or is it the boots were painted over a caucasian colored buck?
The redeeming qualities of the figure are…well we got two for one. And BB-8 is exactly like he appears in the movie, even if he has stunted displayablity. For all my complaining about the paint, Rey has an excellent sculpt…the clothes she is wearing are sculpted perfectly. If only they didn’t whiff the paint job.
The other thing, It is fun to have Rey as a figure. I haven’t bought a lot of merchandise associated with The Force Awakens. I have held out for “the perfect things.” And I haven’t seen Rey depicted until now. (I noticed on my trip to Wal-Mart she finally IS making it into toy form in other ways.) Why didn’t I pick up Kylo Ren for the same price? His lightsaber doesn’t look right. Why didn’t I pick up any of the others, or even some of the Hot-Wheels/Micro Machines? None of them have been good enough looking…I always talk myself out of it. But with Rey, we also got BB-8. And I can play with them and display them together.
So a good sculpt and finally-I-can-play with Rey and BB-8 are the merits whereby the SpartanNerd rates Star Wars Black Series Rey (Jakku) & BB-8 a 2/5.
Do you agree or disagree, oh hub city geeks? Let me know in the comments!