Disney Store is celebrating Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens with a line of die cast figures based on the film. These figures were released back on The International Star Wars event on September 4th, which was also called Force Friday and the day that all of the new movie toys had hit. Also included in the die cast assortment from Disney are Captain Phasma, Finn, Rey & BB-8, Kylo Ren, the First Order Stormtrooper, and the First Order Flametrooper.
Rey was a human female scavenger who conducted her trade on the world of Jakkuthirty two years after the Battle of Endor. Rey was born to unknown parents and at the age of 5, was left on the planet Jakku, a junkyard planet littered with leftovers from the Battle of Jakku between the New Republic and the Galactic Empire, on her own and learned to survive by scavenging the leftovers which she would sell for sustenance.
BB-8 was an astromech droid who operated approximately thirty years after the Battle of Endor. The droid was at one point operating in the desert of the planet Jakku. It had a domed head, similar to that of R2 series astromech droids, with the bulk of its body made up of a ball that the droid rolled on. BB-8 was mostly white, with some silver and orange on its body, as well as a black eye-piece. The droid belonged to Resistance pilot Poe Dameron, and thus was able to fit into a T-70 X-wing fighter’s droid socket.
Thank you to Disney and The Disney Store for providing Rey and BB-8 exclusive Die Cast figures to us to review.
Availability: September 2015
Rey stands at just over 6″ tall and made with die cast, which makes the figure heavier compared to other materials such as plastic. The figure is also made with some plastic parts such as the outer garments, belt, and pouch. The rest of the body such as the head, torso, arms, and legs are made with die cast parts.
Her head sculpt is based on the likeness of Actress Daisy Ridley, and has a very nice likeness to her. Her hair is sculpted in three pony tails in the back. The head sculpt also has more of a basic tooling than compared to being digitally scanned, as that would have brought out additional details to the actors likeness. She is also missing her long hair on the sides, as seen with Hasbro The Black Series 6″ figure.
The only real issue we had with the figure was attempting to put her backpack on with both straps. On one side, the strap can plug in once placed on the figure, but it’s very hard to do that as the shoulder and the strap on the other side only give you so much room to move it around.
Her garments are painted in tan and off white, and appear to have the look of being dirty. Her belt and pouch are painted in brown, as are her wrist guard, boots, and hair.
The base is made of flimsy plastic and sometimes may have difficulty supporting the figure depending on the position he’s left standing. There is only one peg hole on Flametrooper’ feet and one peg on the stand. The base does have some carvings sculpted on including the Star Wars logo.
The back of Rey have holes including on the figures legs, triceps, and back, showing metal screws in place that were put there to assemble the figure.
She has a decent amount of articulation including a ball jointed head, ball-hinged shoulders, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, ball jointed hips, hinged knees, and hinged ankles.
BB-8 has a great sculpt that is accurate to the source material, including a round Astromech body, with a smaller head on top. The body is painted with an off-white, orange, silver, and black deco. We do find it difficult to get BB-8 to stand up right in certain positions, as this is the same problem with other BB-8 figures made from other companies including Hasbro. BB-8 has a swivel and pivoting head.
Rey and BB-8 offers a lot of value for the MSRP price of $24.99 USD. They are both nicely detailed and accessorized figures.