Hasbro sent a few of their “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” action figures as a reminder that “Star Wars Day” is quickly approaching on May the Fourth [Be With You]. The day also marks the conclusion of Hasbro’s “#StarWars #HasbroToyPic event, where fans can earn a chance to have a picture of their Star Wars toy collection included in Hasbro’s San Diego Comic-Con booth presentation.
The figures are a few of Hasbro’s base figures, featuring Space Mission Poe Dameron, Space Mission First Order TIE Fighter Pilot and a Hassk Thug. These base figures come with one regular accessory, which is a different type of blaster for each, and one larger accessory that is combinable with the compatible accessories from other base model figures. Each figure also comes with 5 points of articulation, at the neck, shoulders and legs.
The “Space Mission Poe Dameron” figure features the character in his X-Wing Fighter pilot uniform with an non-removable helmet. The mold is highly detailed and comes with the addition of a functional side holster for his small blaster. There is also a separately molded air hose that connects from Poe’s leg to a chest plate. This gives the figure some additional dimension to it. Dameron’s larger accessory fits onto the figures back via a peg, albeit rather loosely, and functions as a sort of hover jetpack. Or it can stand alone as some sort of mini-cannon. This accessory can combine with those that come with the TIE Fighter Pilot and Resistance Trooper figures to form a larger cannon. One could also pick up the newly released “Takodana Encounter” multi-pack and reunite Poe with his droid BB-8, not to mention get figures of the other major new “Star Wars” heroes, Rey and Finn.
The “Space Mission First Order TIE Fighter Pilot” action figure looks much like the Imperial TIE Fighter Pilot from the Episode IV-VI movies. The figures even have similar articulation, however, the new figures feature significantly more detail in their molds. While the TIE Fighter Pilot includes its own version of a blaster, similarly sized to Dameron’s, the Pilot does not include a side holster. The figure does have an air hose molded independently of the head and chest, connecting the two. It is not removable, therefore, be aware of the connection when turning the figure’s head, so as not to break off the air hose. The TIE Fighter Pilot’s individual contribution to the combinable accessory with Space Mission Poe Dameron and the Resistance Trooper is some sort of oddly shaped chair. Perhaps, the First Order is big on ergonomics.
The “Hassk Thug” figure is part of a different set of combinable figures. His larger accessory is a backpack that is not properly proportioned to fit the Thug’s mold with the lankier limbs. It is difficult to get the handles into the figure’s hands and, even then, one can not then raise the Thug’s arms without detaching from the handles. Also, the figure’s neck articulation is severely limited due to the long hard plastic hair on its head. The Thug’s regular accessory is a blaster rifle. This is a fine representation of what is, essentially, a background character in the movie.
Overall, the figures themselves are quite well done and reasonably priced. The articulation is in line with the traditional 3.75 inch “Star Wars” figures and Hasbro offers other product lines for those looking for figures with more articulation. Dameron’s side holster is a welcome addition, if only the TIE Fighter Pilot had one to match. Each of the standard accessories is also well suited to each character.
Where the issue comes in with this base line of figures is the combinable accessories. Understandably, Hasbro wants to increase the price point of this line, but these accessories add little value individually or combined. For some of the figures, the accessory has no functionality on its own and the combined accessories have no basis in the “Star Wars” mythology. If Hasbro were to take a page out of their “Marvel Legends” line with its “Build-a-Figure” feature, it could add significant value to these figures. “Marvel Legends” includes a piece of another figure that, when combined with the pieces from other figures in the assortment, forms a fully-functional action figure of a relevant Marvel character. The “Star Wars” figures could be configured the same way or, instead of building a figure, the components could be used to construct a notable vehicle or other accessory from the “Star Wars” mythology, such as a speeder bike or even a TIE Fighter cockpit console.
Going back to the aforementioned “Hasbro Toy Pic” promotion, Hasbro is holding a #StarWars #HasbroToyPic event across social media between April 5 and May 4 (aka “May the Fourth” aka “Star Wars Day”). Fans can post pictures of their “Star Wars” figure collections, accompanied by the #StarWars and #HasbroToyPic hashtags for a chance to have their credited photo in a Photo Timeline at the Hasbro booth at this year’s San Diego Comic Con. Further details can be found at Hasbro Pulse.
Hasbro’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” action figures are available now at toy retailers across the nation, as well as online. New figures, such as the above referenced “Takodana Encounter” multi-pack, will be released Spring 2016.