Star Wars Black (The Force Awakens): Poe Dameron by Hasbro

I’ve got two more figures to look at in this, the second wave of The Force Awakens 6-inch Black Series, and since I let one day slack to actually go see the movie (twice!) I’m going to try hard to get them both in today. I’m starting this afternoon with Poe Dameron in his X-Wing Pilot Suit, a figure that I was truly excited to open up after seeing the movie. Not to worry, I’m going to be really respectful about not including any spoilers, but let me just say, I really loved this character and Oscar Isaac’s portrayal of him. He was instantly likable and I hope to see a lot more of him. Let me also say how sad I am that the first figure I look at after seeing the amazing film has to be such a let down.

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The package shows off the figure well and that’s a good thing, because it allows you to take a good look at him and decide if you really want him or not. But I’m getting ahead of myself…

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Try not to look at the head too much, because I’m going to deal with that in a bit. Going from the neck down, I think this is a solid effort. It’s a pretty good rendition of the new style of X-Wing Pilot suit. You get a lot of elements that add depth and credibility to the sculpt, like the belts hanging off his waist and wrapping around his legs, and the additional chest piece and connecting hose. The suit itself is nicely textured and rumpled in all the right places. It’s nothing we haven’t seen before, even in the 3 3/4-inch line, but like I said, all in all a solid effort. I was eager to put the figure next to my X-Wing Pilot Luke from the first wave and see the differences in the suit designs, but more than anything it showed me how wonky the scale in this line has been. You can scroll down to the end for that picture, but suffice it to say Poe looks like a giant compared to Luke. Yeah, Luke was a short guy, but c’mon! And then there’s the head sculpt…

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Seriously, Hasbro? This is the head sculpt you went with… for a collector line. I have only two questions: Did you pay the guy who sculpted this? And if so, is it too late to stop payment on the check? This is just terrible. It looks like someone gave a flight suit to Humphrey Bogart’s homely brother, who also happened to be stoned… and possibly recently suffered a stroke. It looks nothing like Oscar Isaac. If this guy asked me for the keys to an X-Wing, I’d make him walk a straight line for me before I let him get behind the stick. As bad as the sculpt is, the paint isn’t doing it any favors either. Collector line, my ass. Don’t invite people to dinner, Hasbro, if you don’t know how to cook.

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Articulation here isn’t bad. The arms feature rotating hinges in the shoulders and elbows. The wrists have swivel cuts, which are a bit further up the arm to facilitate the arm swap, which I’ll get to with the accessories. The legs are ball jointed at the hips, have double jointed knees, and swivels in the thighs. The ankles feature some funky-looking hinges and have lateral rockers. There’s a ball joint just below the chest, which is discretely placed under the vest piece. The neck has both a hinge and a ball joint, but the head sits rather strangely on the figure and has a hard time looking up.

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Accessories include a pistol, which fits in his holster, a helmet, and two swappable hands. The pistol isn’t terribly remarkable. It’s OK, but his hands aren’t really sculpted to hold it straight. It looks like it’s drooping or like he’s about to drop it, even with the finger in the trigger guard.

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The helmet looks good on its own, but it doesn’t fit the figure all that well. It looks like it’s designed to be worn with the visor above the eyes, but even then, it’s an awkward fit. Then again, it might just be an optical illusion because of the asymmetrical deco.

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The extra arms feature the hands without the gloves. A nice bonus, I suppose, but frankly I’d rather they invested the time and money in a decent head sculpt first.

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It’s been over a year. You tell me, is this line showing improvement? 

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Poe definitely got the short stick when it came to this action figure. Finn’s and even Rey’s were better than this and while the Target Exclusive jacketed version of Poe didn’t have a great head sculpt either, I still think it was loads better than this one. It’s a shame, because I really liked him a lot in the film and I was really looking forward to getting this figure on my shelf. I would have been content with a decent 6-inch version, but as of right now, Hot Toys, looks like the ball is in your court.

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