Kanan Jarrus is a freedom fighter on The Ghost freighter. A Jedi before the fall of the Republic, he hides his Force abilities to avoid capture. This strong field commander leads resistance operations against the Empire and in support of the Rebel cause.
In order for the Rebels television show to work, the creators need to have certain characters in place. You have the protagonist, the antagonist, a few other heroes and villains and the obligatory former-Jedi-turned-rogue. That’s where Kanan Jarrus falls into the Rebels mix. A character who has bits and pieces of Kyle Katarn, Han Solo, Quinlan Vos and a few other tough guys from the Star Wars universe, Kanan Jarrus is one of the main lead characters in the Rebels television show and he is quickly gaining a following because he is coming across as very likeable. First introduced in the Hasbro line via the 2014 Rebels Reveal The Rebels: Jedi Reveal Mission Series Toys R Us exclusive multipack, the figure is now available in the single-carded format, which is frankly the bread and butter of any Hasbro Star Wars line. In our opinion, there are virtually no differences between the two versions of this action figure. So if you got him via the Toys R Us exclusive, you’re basically all set. But if you’re a carded collector, get ready to dump another $7 (on average) for this release too.
The Kanan Jarrus action figure looks great. He comes with the standard five points of articulation so that kids won’t break off the wrists which in turn will prevent parents from calling Hasbro complaining that they make crappy toys. We jest obviously. But for five points of articulation, the sculpt is pretty great and the paint operations are a far cry from where there were just a year ago. The details in the costume are wonderful. And although we find it frustrating to see a spectacularly sculpted blaster in his holster that will stay there as it’s all one mold, we admit that the detailing is impressive and certainly exceeds our expectations. The sad thing is that no one (kids and collectors) will be able to achieve the really dynamic poses this character displays in the Rebels television show. With only five points of swivel articulation, there aren’t that many ways to display this action figure without giving him a very robotic stature. But as a display piece, Kanan Jarrus meets all of our expectations. Well sculpted, well painted and properly outfitted with a lightsaber accessory, there is honestly very little to complain about outside of the obvious desire to see more articulation.
Many have commented that the way the Rebels characters are coming to us is very bizarre. Other main characters like Zeb is part of the Mission Series line up and is teamed up with a Stormtrooper. Wouldn’t a better match have been Zeb and Kanan Jarrus. Maybe and maybe not. There are plusses and minuses for both options. The Stormtrooper allows kids and collectors to army build. But that also means they’ll be army-building Zeb figures too. And repackaging Kanan Jarrus after he has already been available in the Toys R Us exclusive multipack and as a single figure would have just been disastrous on so many levels. It’s not that we’re critical of how Hasbro is releasing these figures. There are just some definitely odd combinations coming out in the line. Who knows? Perhaps thinking outside of the box is the way for Hasbro to go with the Rebels line anyway. In summary, we’re quite happy and pleased with the way the Rebels figures are looking. If you’re a fan of the show already or you still need time to warm up to it, you should know that, generally speaking, Hasbro has put care into this line. Despite a few issues, we have our hopes set high that this line will aim to please.
Status: Kanan Jarrus is a repaint of the figure from 2014's R Reveal The Rebels: Jedi Reveal (Mission Series) Toys R Us exclusive multipack.
Articulation Count: 5 points (5 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: swivel head (1), swivel left shoulder (1), swivel right shoulder (1), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1)
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: lightsaber
Date Stamp: 2014
Assortment Number: A8647/A3857
Retail: $6.99 USD
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