With Star Wars: The Last Jedi heading to theaters in December, kids and collectors have been eagerly awaiting new toys based on the iconic franchise. And, the most iconic toys in any Star Wars line are 3 3/4-inch action figures and vehicles that capture the likeness of the film's characters, including Rey.
Rey's packaging is a standard blister pack with a squared off bottom, which will stand easily for anyone who displays their figures packaged. The art itself is brand new for the line and features a white background with a prominent character image. What's really interesting is that the package doesn't say "The Last Jedi" anywhere on it and is refreshingly spoiler-free.
Rey (Jedi Training) is wearing the outfit we saw in the trailer, and she comes with the blaster she got from Han Solo, which can fit into her holster. She also has Luke's old lightsaber and her quarterstaff. There are a lot of odd choices on this sculpt. Her head is giant, her face suffers from a weird lack of expression and the color of her lips looks bizarre, especially since it's not reflected in the package image.
An interesting addition to the line, and this figure, is that it works with "Force Link," a new sound chip embedded in each figure, vehicle and playset that interacts with a Force Link gauntlet. To make it work, when Rey is placed near the Force Link gauntlet, it will play several sound clips from the film - either phrases or a sound effects.
With an age grading of 4 and up, it'll keep kids entertained, and 3 3/4-inch Star Wars collectors will have a variety of new figures to add to their collections. Beyond these figures, more will be released.
Out of the nine figures we received, three were women. This points to the way the entire Star Wars franchise is evolving, and it also shows that there's a move toward the release of more girl action figures, which is a great change.
The Force Link gauntlet is sold separately, so you'll have to buy it to unlock the full play of the action figure. Additionally, all Star Wars: The Last Jedi action figures are all sold separately, making it an expense for anyone who wants to buy the entire line.
Many collectors will be disappointed in the addition of Force Link, since they don't play with figures the way a kid does. Also, the trade-off is that the figures have a very basic five points of articulation, which is likely to keep costs down after Force Link's addition.
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