Disney released a few new Elite series figures on December 18th, also known as Star Wars day, which marked the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens to theaters. Kylo Ren Unmasked and Poe Dameron joined their growing Elite Series line that were previously mystery figures.
For those of you that have not seen The Force Awakens just yet, you may not want to continue reading as we are going to briefly talk about some movie spoilers in this review beyond this point. But do come back after you’ve seen the film and check out the review! Right now, all you need to know is that he reuses the same body as the wave 1 Kylo Ren figure, and is given a new head sculpt.
The individual who came to be known as Kylo Ren was born some time after the Battle of Endor. As an adult, approximately thirty years later, he had become a follower of the dark side of the Force and a member of the Knights of Ren, taking on Ren as a surname. He built his own lightsaber, a dangerous and ragged design unlike that of a typical lightsaber. He was allied with the First Order, a military junta born from the remnants of the Galactic Empire, and he worked under the organization’s leader, Snoke, a powerful figure in the dark side. Ren desired the destruction of the Resistance (an organization that opposed the First Order) and the Jedi. He engaged in a confrontation with Finn, a former First Order Stormtrooper, in a snowy forest.
Thank you to Disney and The Disney Store for providing Kylo Ren Unmasked exclusive Die Cast figure for review.
Availability: December 2015
Kylo Ren stands at 7 1/4″ tall and made with die cast, which makes the figure heavier compared to other materials such as plastic. His head sculpt is brand new and is based on the likeness of Actor Adam Driver. The figure is also made with some plastic parts such as the hood, cape, and skirt. The rest of the body such as the head, torso, arms, and legs are made with die cast parts.
Kylo Ren is the grandson of Anakin Skywalker, and he based his outfit off of the deceased Darth Vader, as he is following in Anakin’s footsteps and picking up where he left off, to rid the galaxy of the Jedi. Originally he joined Luke Skywalker’s new Jedi order at the request of his mother, Leia, and father, Han Solo. At some point he turned to the dark side and massacred all of the Jedi except luke, which caused Luke into exile as he felt responsible. Sometime after these events, Episode VII takes place.
Sculpted over his black shirt is a black vest, with a skirt attacked to that and held together by a black belt. The arms are covered in texture, which is a nice touch.
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 Kylo Ren’ feet and one peg on the stand. The base does have some carvings sculpted on including the Star Wars logo.
The back of Kylo Ren’s back have holes including on the figures legs, triceps, and like other parts of his back. The good news here is that you can’t see most of the screws as the vest and skirt cover most of it.
He 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.
Kylo Ren offers a lot of value for the MSRP price of $24.99 USD. He is a nicely detailed and accessorized figure and a beautiful sculpt.