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Skywalker Saga Commemorative Edition

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) (Finn/Poe Dameron) - Skywalker Saga Commemorative Edition

Name: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) (Finn/Poe Dameron)
Collection: Skywalker Saga
Number: N/A (Walmart Exclusive)
Source: THe Force Awakens
Availability: November 2019
License: Hasbro

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The 3.75" 5POA line is NO MORE, but Hasbro made a last-ditch exception for collectors by celebrating what they’re calling the Skywalker Saga Commemorative Edition lineup. For one reason or another, Hasbro decided a retailer exclusive that focuses on action figures from across all nine Star Wars films would make excellent Walmart exclusives. As you know, they replaced the 3.75” 5POA figure line with the highly-articulated 5" Galaxy of Adventures line. The latter is a wonderful collection of old and new Star Wars characters, but the animated style isn't entirely appealing to all collectors. It’s hard to believe that we don’t have a general marketplace 3.75” line to support the final Star Wars film based on the Skywalker lineage. These nine sets of 3.75" 5POA figures commemorate the celebration of all three trilogies. Disney and Lucasfilm consider them the Skywalker Saga as a whole, and with a series of two-packs, they're celebrating that legacy. Not all that different from the Commemorative DVD or Commemorative Blu-ray sets of years’ past, Hasbro designed this "GOLD" celebratory line that reduced the content to only two figures. Cast in gold-colored plastic and painted in a glossy and sparkling gold paint finish. Displayed as the Skywalker Saga Commemorative Edition, this line of figures (except for the Episode IX set, which has three figures) contains two high-profile characters in solid gold (with the accessories also included in gold) that are housed them in deluxe black and gold packaging. While we’re critical of the figures, we have to admit that the packaging is truly exceptional. It may be the only reason collectors will consider this line. The reverse side of the card back contains an episode-specific montage of the Star Wars film it memorializes. What's more, you can line them up together to create a stunning “holographic-like” mural that paints a beautiful picture of the Skywalker Saga as a whole, without any breaks or interruption. You can see each "uninterrupted" trilogy-specific grouping in our Photo Gallery by Prequel Trilogy, Original Trilogy, and Sequel Trilogy. Or you can see the whole collage HERE.

Wave 3 comprises characters from all three Sequel Trilogy films. They're likely the three that will sell the least too. The three two-packs in this grouping include Finn and Poe Dameron (from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens), Kylo Ren and Rey (from Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi), and the only three-pack, C-3PO and R2-D2 and BB-8 (from Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker ). For one reason or another, Hasbro decided that the Episode IX set should come with three droids, probably because of their smaller stature, to give collectors a little more value. The three droids look great together. It will be interesting to see how they interact with each other in the final film of the Sequel Trilogy. While the first and second waves focus on the George Lucas era of Star Wars, wave 3 focuses on the Disney Star Wars era. And the character selection is notably superior in the first two waves as compared to wave 3. The base figures are from some of the more recent action figure lines, like Rogue One and Star Wars [The Last Jedi] and Star Wars [Solo] collections for example. These newer lines contain figures where Hasbro aggressively included a few extra points of articulation as compared to the standard 5POA format. Some characters are surprisingly well-articulated. Typically, Hasbro chose characters (with only a couple of exceptions) that directly interact with each other in the films. It’s interesting to see so many characters all one uniform color: gold. Most collectors are familiar with the base sculpts of the figures chosen for these sets. We’re impressed with how much detail is etched into them. The solid gold plastic allows you to see the details previously unseen in the tooling. Interestingly, some figures look better in gold than they did properly colored. It’s a shame that so many of the original paint jobs didn’t meet our expectations.

Both Finn and Poe Dameron are based on the figures from the Star Wars [The Last Jedi] Force Link basic figure line. The sculpts in this line are superior to those featured in The Force Awakens line, even though they’re only simply-articulated action figures. We get decent figures of Finn and Poe Dameron, now cast in a golden plastic with a shiny gold finish. You get to see how well-detailed these figures are. Finn comes with a First Order blaster, but the figure has more detail than the standard 5POA figure. With relatively simple articulation, Finn doesn't do much but stand in place in your collection. Poe Dameron is another decent figure here. Based on another release in the Star Wars [The Last Jedi] line, the figure looks good in gold plastic. Poe Dameron’s features are forever immortalized in solid gold now, but it’s admittedly an interesting take on the character. Poe Dameron comes with three accessories, including a blaster, holster, and removable helmet (all cast in gold), and the figure holds it well because of well-tooled hands. Because of limited articulation, the figures’ poses are a little too stiff, but as previously mentioned. Both figures in this set interact with each other because they were seen in the film together frequently. And the likenesses are notably better than the figures from the 2013 era thanks to advancements in technology. Still, is there a need for solid gold figures with minimal articulation? We’re not so sure about that. Every last part of these figures is cast in the same gold plastic, enhanced by a final gold coat of paint. These will chip and peel over time we imagine, depending on how much abuse they sustain. Still, for what they are, they look fantastic. If you didn’t know better, you might believe for a moment that these figures are cast in metal. Regardless, we’re not going to defend these figures’ existence. We think there are better ways to celebrate the Skywalker Saga. And if Sequel Trilogy characters in realistic paint schemes don’t sell, why does Hasbro believe the same figures in solid gold will do better?

Collector Notes

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) (Finn/Poe Dameron)

Assortment Number: E8188/E8186

UPC: 630509870066

Retail: $14.99 USD

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Finn

Status: Finn is a recast of 2017's SW [TLJ] Finn (Resistance Fighter) Force Link figure. This time the figure has been cast in gold plastic to commemorate the Star Wars Skywalker saga.

Articulation Count: 5 points (5 areas of articulation)

Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1), swivel left shoulder (1), swivel right shoulder (1), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1)

Accessory Count: 2

Accessory Details: Resistance blaster rifle, removable jacket shell

Date Stamp: N/A

Poe Dameron

Status: Poe Dameron is a a recast of 2017's SW [TLJ] Poe Dameron (Resistance Pilot) Force Link figure. This time the figure has been cast in gold plastic to commemorate the Star Wars Skywalker saga.

Articulation Count: 7 points (7 areas of articulation)

Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1), swivel left shoulder (1), swivel right shoulder (1), swivel left glove (1), swivel right glove (1), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1)

Accessory Count: 3

Accessory Details: removable holster, blaster pistol, removable helmet

Date Stamp: N/A



Skywalker Saga Wave 1

Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) (Darth Vader/Stormtrooper)

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) (Han Solo/Princess Leia)

Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi (1983) (Luke Skywalker/Chewbacca)

Skywalker Saga Wave 2

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999) (Darth Maul/Yoda)

Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones (2002) (Mace Windu/Jango Fett)

Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith (2005) (Obi-Wan Kenobi/Anakin Skywalker)

Skywalker Saga Wave 3

Star Wars The Force Awakens (2015) (Finn/Poe Dameron)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) (Kylo Ren/Rey)

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker (2019) (C-3PO/R2-D2/BB-8)

Added: November 24, 2019
Category: Skywalker Saga Commemorative Edition
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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