Friday, October 20th, 2017 at 9:25pm by Benjamin, BZPower Reporter
With her debut two years ago in The Force Awakens, the LEGO Rey buildable figure was one of the only Rey action figures on toy store shelves. Now she's back with a new look for The Last Jedi, and holding an all-important lightsaber. Does this set meet our expectations before the new movie, or does she need more Jedi training? Read and watch the review by BZP Reporter ChocolateFrogs to find out.
A special thank you goes to LEGO for providing this set so I can review and share my opinions on it. It has 85 pieces and retails for $25 USD.
From the design of the box to the instruction manual, these are the first things you see before building the set.
The box shows Rey in her new costume in strong possession of the lightsaber from the last film. The back shows some details like the cool pose and a gear function to swing the lightsaber. Of course, we get all the usual logos and age suggestion.
Half the fun is had building the set. How fun is it to build and how easy or challenging is it?
Like any buildable figure, it starts with a skeleton frame and gear box on the back. Rey has some fabric parts that wrap around the waist, not unlike the Scarif Stormtrooper's plastic leg wrap. Everything else comes together as expected.
Now that the set is complete, we can critique how it looks from every angle. New or interesting pieces can also be examined here.
There are some nice, new parts in Rey's set. I am always excited to see more fabric parts, even if this one has an odd shape. The Star Wars sets have been good for more capes and robes. We get some printed armor parts and more flesh limbs too. The grey and brown shell armor bits are the things to get most excited for.
The design piece that stands out most to me is the fabric hanging at Rey's legs. On action figures (and presumably the film screen) it is a garment tied around her waist and hanging in loops here and there. Here it falls flat, literally, on her left leg and looks more like a simple cloth cover on her right. Additionally, the use of the leg armor that all Star Wars sets are using now is also aesthetically out of place considering her brown boots end well before her knees, but I do not think a dual-color printed piece would remove that armored look.
The human heads with their uncanny valley have slightly grown on me these past two years, so Rey's head looks good for the most part. It kind of floats above her shoulders due to the way the torso falls into place.
The other half of the fun is in playing with the set. How well does the set function and is it enjoyable to play with.
Aside from striking cool poses with your other LEGO Star Wars constraction figures, Rey has a gear function that allows her to swing her right arm and strike down with the lightsaber. Of course, combining her with your other favorite constraction figures can result in recreating favorite Star Wars scenes, or making your own new ones!
Once it's all said and done, how does the set stack up? Should I get it?
What's to like?
Anothe Rey action figure!
Cool parts in cool colors.
Poses well, especially with other Star Wars figures.
Play feature for lightsaber action.
What's not to like?
Weird cloth piece.
Some interesting piece choices, like her legs.
Head floats above her shoulders.
Getting another Rey action figure is a smart move from LEGO and sure to be beloved by fans of all ages. The look has changed enough between sets that this is a fresh take on the character's image. A few piece choices, like brown legs and flat fabric, seem a little odd when compared to the movie pictures. Still, the overall look of the action figure, from a non-covered head, new outfit, and lightsaber play feature, make up for that. The original Rey constraction figure was a hot toy when released, and I have the same expectations for this one.