Take an Island detour to Ahch-To and learn the ways of the Force with the Rey (Island Journey) figure.
I’m back with another review of the new Hasbro Black Series figures using the digital print app, this time it’s Rey (Island Journey). It’s the outfit she wears during the final moments of The Force Awakens and the opening scenes on Ahch-To in The Last Jedi.
The figure comes with a poncho, staff, blaster pistol and the legendary Skywalker blue lightsaber. The problem with Hasbro and their accessories is that when you remove them from the packaging they tend to be more or less bent. It’s stuck too well in the plastic so when you take them out, they are misshaped. Both the MAFEX and S.H. Figuarts action figures never suffer from this problem because the accessories are not stuck in the plastic package, there’s actually two pieces of plastic for the package that prevent the accessories and the figure from moving. So when you remove the cover, you simply have to grab the figure and the accessories out of the package.
The reason I mention this problem is Rey’s staff was slightly bent when I removed it from the packaging, and sadly, this is not the first time Hasbro’s accessories have been bent. (Check on the internet and you’ll see many complaints about this issue). So for me, it’s important to talk about this issue so Hasbro will finally look into the problem and fix it. Apart from that, the accessories are nicely detailed. This time, the strap of the staff is bigger and more flexible allowing the figure to carry it on her back or on her shoulder.
First of all, the figure has a great sculpt and a pleasing paint app. The outfit is movie accurate, it has an adventurous feel that I think fits the sequences we see it in The Last Jedi. The fabric used for the poncho is the same that Hasbro has used for the Jedi capes which guarantee a degree of quality.
Rey has twenty points of articulation, it’s great you can put her in many actions poses. However, there is a problem with the ball socket head. It is not noticeable when Rey wears the poncho, but when you remove it, depending on the angle you position it, you can see that big articulation joint between the neck and the head. It’s too big and ugly.
The same articulation can be found on the DJ action figure, but because of how his head is positioned it isn’t noticeable. The same problem can be found on The Last Jedi Poe Dameron figure. I think Hasbro needs to work on this issue to eradicate the problem once and for all. The ball socket head used by S.H. Figuarts and MAFEX would be far more beneficial on some of the Hasbro range starting with this Rey.
So now let’s talk about the digital face print app. It’s a huge improvement on The Force Awakens Rey figure, this time she actually looks like Daisy Ridley and the colors are far more realistic as well. It’s quite a success! However, due to the type of plastic used by Hasbro, the quality cannot rival that of the S.H. Figuarts Rey action figure. But, Hasbro has definitely done an amazing job and improved upon what was a below-par effort from The Force Awakens range.
Despite its flaws, Rey (Island Journey) is a must-have for Star Wars fans!
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