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 everyone's favorite Wookie, Chewbacca.
Chewie'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.
This version of Chewie has an amazing sculpt. His fur is very detailed and not flat, and he has a lot of good detail on his bandolier. His bowcaster comes in three pieces, but is a little tricky to put together. Chewbacca also has a cute little sidekick called a Porg, although not a lot of detail is available about it. One issue to look out for with Chewie is that his hands are a little awkward. His fur extends past his fingers, making it a challenging for him to grip his weapon.
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 Chewie is placed near the Force Link gauntlet, it will play several sound clips from the film - either phrases or sound effects.
Star Wars 3 3/4-inch action figures are always fun. The variety of new characters, along with their accessories will be a hit with both kids and collectors.
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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