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Rey (Jedi Training) - TBS [P3] - Six Inch Figures (44)

Name: Rey (Jedi Training)
Collection: The Black Series [Phase III]
Number: 44
Scale: 6"
Source: The Last Jedi
Availability: September 2017
License: Hasbro

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At long last, Rey found Luke Skywalker, the last Jedi Master in the galaxy. Hoping to find a hero of legend, she must unlearn what she has learned as Skywalker challenges her expectations.

The biggest surprise announcement for 2017’s San Diego Comic Con was undoubtedly the Rey (Jedi Training)/Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master), a two-pack set up in deluxe The Black Series [Phase III] packaging and an elevated MSRP. The announcement of these two figures got out just a tad earlier than planned, but Hasbro was able to maintain its release a secret until right before the event. It was Hasbro themselves that screwed up keeping this a total secret. The images showing off its contents appeared on Hasbro.com’s website where they were unceremoniously taken down once news began to spread. Then once the figures were finally announced at the SDCC convention, this two-pack, along with all other Hasbro exclusives, appeared on Hasbro Toy Shop’s website, where once again, the Star Wars items were removed. Hasbro then sent out a brief press release that the original August 14, 2017 public availability date was bumped to September. And that’s what transpired, and fans who didn’t attend SDCC were able to secure these figures. Now that Force Friday II has come and gone, Hasbro packed both Rey (Jedi Training) and Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master) in their individual red and black boxes so they could be part of the mainline. With just a few slight paint operations differences (and we’re not even sure if they’re intentional or not), Rey (Jedi Training) comes singly into The Black Series [Phase III] line with just a few paint application differences.

Rey (Jedi Training) was the better figure in the San Diego Comic Con exclusive two-pack, and aside from a few very minor paint changes, the figure can be considered a straight repack (for the most part). For the single-boxed released, Hasbro has seemingly utilized a slightly different color blue for the lightsaber blade, used darker brown paint for her boots and belt, and there are differently colored details on her belt for some strange reason as well. It looks like the paint operations on her face went through two different approaches depending upon what version you’re looking at in hand. The Rey (Jedi Training) (44) figure looks significantly more feminine than the SDCC version. Her features are softer, which give her an overall prettier appearance. But if we’re honest, all 6” human figures need incredibly improved paint operations. These updated paint applications aren’t going to make or break this figure for you. You’ll just want one that has been painted a whole heck of a lot better. Aside from the figure's head sculpt, Rey (Jedi Training) has been sculpted and painted very well. She isn’t a perfect figure, but she does look better than average (in the face) thanks to a better-shaped head. We can’t wait to see what the "photo realistic” technology will do for this line. The rest of the figure is near perfect. Her revised Episode VIII outfit looks wonderful with a lot more gray color this time around. Hasbro has tooled a believable and beautiful costume for her.

Coming with the same articulation system as almost every other 6” figure before her, Rey (Jedi Training) is mobile in pretty much every way you want her to be. We found it quite simple to pose her in a variety of ways, and she can attain some impressive and interesting action-oriented poses. The articulation system is perfect for her, and it’s nice that an action figure has this much movement. Even better, Rey (Jedi Training) also comes wonderfully accessorized. The figure is paired with the same staff and blaster she received in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. And she also has been given Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber (like the running change version of Episode VII Rey (Jakku) & BB-8 came with) that breaks down into a hilt and a blade. We understand the need to include figures like her, and Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master) (46), and Grand Admiral Thrawn (47) into the mainstream lineup and case assortments. But she already seems to be piling up at online retailers, and she is already going for a fraction of her normal MSRP. It will be interesting to see if she gains a little more popularity once Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi gets released. Perhaps it might be better to include figures that start off life as convention exclusives to include them into “future” 6” case assortments. Apractice like this would create demand for these previously released figures in future case assortments. Maybe this would build up a line of people waiting to buy them once released. Either way, we can’t rave about this figure, but she should be popular.

Collector Notes

Rey (Jedi Training)

Status: Rey (Jedi Training) is a slight repaint of the figure from 2017's TBS [P3] Rey (Jedi Training)/Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master) San Diego Comic Con exclusive two-pack.

Articulation Count: 28 points (17 areas of articulation)

Articulation Details: ball-socket head, (1), hinge-jointed neck (1), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), ball-jointed left elbow (2), ball-jointed right elbow (2), ball-jointed left wrist (2), ball-jointed right wrist (2), ball-jointed waist (2), ball-socket left hip (1), ball-socket right hip (1), swivel left thigh (1), swivel right thigh (1), double hinge-jointed left knee (2), double hinge-jointed right knee (2), ball-jointed/"rocker" left ankle (2), ball-jointed/"rocker" right ankle (2)

Accessory Count: 4

Accessory Details: staff, lightsaber hilt, lightsaber blade, blaster

Date Stamp: N/A

Assortment Number: C1415/B3834

UPC: 630509522279

Retail: $21.99 USD

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Rey (Jedi Training)

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Added: October 16, 2017
Category: Black Series [Phase III], The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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