It was a long wait for Star Wars S.H. Figuarts collectors in between announced figures. 170 days to be exact. The last announced figure was on March 15, 2017 for the Web Shop Exclusive Qui-Gon Jinn released last month.
You can listen to the DorkLair Podcast review of Qui-Gon Jinn here (as well as hear our thoughts on all these Force Friday II announcements).
Technically Bandai released all of their figure news for The Last Jedi on Force Friday II Eve – but Japan is 13 hours ahead from EST. At 12:01 AM they dropped all the news at once. It’s taken me almost two weeks to wrap my head around it all, as well as some free time to post the news.
I missed the BB Unit pre-order bundles by a few hours on most of the prominent Japanese reseller sites. However, an interesting tactic that Bandai took with their S.H. Figuarts line for their eight new figures was to bundle two figures together and throw in an appropriately scaled BB Unit. They were:
- BB-9E (or BB-H8)
If I had to guess, the droid exclusives will be available on the secondary market on places like eBay and Mandarake for a reasonable cost before long.
Some collectors were worried we would see a month or two without any new S.H. Figuarts releases – but thankfully we’ll keep this train rolling. Here are the eight figures we’ll see released through December:
- First Order Stormtrooper Officer – September 2017
- Captain Phasma – September 2017
- First Order Executioner Stormtrooper – October 2017
- Elite Praetorian Guard (Double Blade) – October 2017
- Kylo Ren – November 2017
- Elite Praetorian Guard (Heavy Blade) – November 2017
- Rey – December 2017
- Elite Praetorian Guard (Whip Staff) – December 2017
You can find the photo galleries below with images from the Tamashii Nations website. You may need to translate from Japanese.
Overall, this lot of eight figures exceeded my expectations. There are a few reissued figures included but have enough differences to warrant another purchase. The Stormtrooper helmet does vary some in The Last Jedi from The Force Awakens. It will great to receive three different color should pauldrons with the Officer and can likely be used with prior First Order Stormtroopers for army building. Captain Phasma looks to come with her pike staff as well as a pistol this time around. It looks as if Bandai is taking another pass at a chrome look based on what they learned from their C-3PO offering in July. The Executioner looks awesome with the repainted half helmet.
The Elite Praetorian Guards are hard to figure out as they are steeped in mystery at the moment. It appears each of the three figures has a unique helmet design and signature weapon. The armor otherwise looks the same and they each have some sort of sword or vibrosword that becomes a whip as well. Time will tell with them.
The highlights of the next wave are Rey and Kylo Ren. The Rey figure is stunning. It’s packed with accessories and her alternate head looks amazing. I can’t wait to have this figure in hand. For those that missed the earlier Kylo Ren unmasked exclusive in February should be excited as well. The head sculpt has been updated to include his scar as well as an updated and sleeker look than in his earlier costume. Unlike before, his helmet is a swappable head with a neck joint so you can display with helmet on and off.