I told you I might be back tonight and here I am with a look at the Star Wars Black 6-inch Cassian Andor, another one of those Rebel Scum from the upcoming Rogue One flick. Alas, I spent the better part of my evening getting liquored up at the corner Pub, so this is going to have to be a quickie.
Here’s a look at the packaging and there’s really nothing new to say about it. It tells us that this version of the character’s outfit is from Eadu, a planet which I presume is more than a little chilly. The short blurb on the back of the box doesn’t really say a lot and I feel like I’m even more in the dark about who this person is than I was with Jyn. We do know that he’s part of Jyn’s mission and that he might have been attached to the unit to try to keep her in check, so there may be a good character dynamic between the two.
So, is there seriously anyone out there who isn’t instantly getting a Hoth Han Solo vibe off of this guy? I’m sure that’s on purpose, because as Lucas once said, Star Wars is like poetry. It rhymes. These new movies seem like they are going to be big on the fan-wanks to the originals and I think we’re seeing more of that here. Then again, sometimes a snow outfit is just a snow outfit. Either way, I think this outfit gave Hasbro a little more to work with than Jyn’s did and they’re getting mighty good at infusing these sculpts with some wonderful detail.
Cassian comes all bundled up in a blue belted parka, which hopefully will look somewhat brown in the film and cause a whole new clothing color controversy. You get the ribbed stripes on the sleeve, which seems to be big in the Rebellion fashion world. There’s also some nice texturing on the gloves and belt. His belt has various sculpted pouches and pieces of equipment, and from the back you can get a good look at the fur-lined hood that rests behind his head. The paint here is pretty solid on the costume and includes silver paint on the buckles and fixtures of his belt and gear, as well as his boots.
The belt also features a working holster for his blaster pistol, which is always a huge plus in my book.
The figure comes with a hat and goggles that’s very reminiscent of what we saw Rebel troops and officers wearing on Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back. And yes, it is removable.
Like Jyn, we have another ambiguous head sculpt here. Taken on its own, it isn’t bad, but does it really look like the actor, Diego Luna? Nah, not really. There just isn’t enough detail in the sculpt and the paint isn’t really up to the task either. Once again, this head looks like it would have been more acceptable on a smaller scaled figure. It’s a shame, but not enough to ruin the figure for me thanks to my diminished expectations of this line.
The articulation here is pretty much identical to what we saw with Jyn. And yes, that means that Cassian is lacking swivels in the biceps. I am, however, pleased that they still worked a ball joint into his chest, despite the puffy jacket sculpt. The arms feature rotating hinges in the shoulders, elbows, and wrists. The legs are ball jointed at the hips, have swivels in the thighs, but not the boots. The knees are double hinged, and the ankles feature both hinges and lateral rockers. The neck is both hinged and ball jointed.
Captain Andor comes with two weapons. You get the blaster pistol, which fits into his holster and you get a larger weapon that looks a lot like the Rebel Blasters from The Original Trilogy.
I feel like I know next to nothing about Captain Andor and that’s certainly tempering my excitement for this figure. On the other hand, it is a really well done figure, once I get past the fact that there’s very little resemblance in the likeness. Hasbro put a lot of work into the detail in the outfit and gear and he looks really good standing beside Jyn or even mingling with the Hoth versions of Han and Luke. If nothing else, he’ll be a welcome addition to my Hoth rebels until I finally get to see the movie and learn what he’s all about.
On another note, I’ve decided to scrap the usual scheduled features for the remainder of the week and just go full on Star Wars. Transformers Thursday, DC Friday, and Anime Saturday will all return next week as normal. In the meantime, I’m going to spend the next three days wrapping up my look at the 6-inch Black Rogue One figures and whatever else I can squeeze in!