Along with the new design for the site that has been installed today, I have decided that from now on I will be covering the news on the S.H. Fguarts Star Wars figures, I will also post reviews as new items are getting released.
For my first post about S.H. Figuarts, I will talk about The Last Jedi figures that were announced during Force Friday II. In total 8 figures were announced! These figures are going to be released 2 per month starting this month until December when the movie is released, it’s a great schedule that builds the hype for the movie. The schedule goes as follow:
First Order Stormtrooper w/ Pauldrons
Elite Praetorian Guard (Double Blade)
First Order Stormtrooper Executioner
Elite Praetorian Guard (Heavy Blade)
Rey (Jedi Training)
Elite Praetorian Guard (Whip Staff)
Along with these figures, there are preorder bundles for each month offering four BB-units figures – BB-9E, BB-2, BB-8 and BB-4. Some bundles are still available on AmiAmi, so if you want one you should probably hurry.
It seems that in every brand, the Elite Praetorian Guards have a big place in merchandising and I like it. I love their design, they’re like the Imperial Royal Guards but in a more action outfit so I expect them to get some good action scenes this December! And unlike for Rogue One, Figuarts has decided to release named characters with Rey and Kylo and not just troopers.
For the troopers, the First Order Stormtrooper with pauldrons is not exactly a repack from the The Force Awakens First Order Stormtrooper. It is an updated. He has The Last Jedi helmet, the difference is the mouth piece. He also has the three different pauldrons – the red, the white and the black. In terms of weapons, he will have the blaster and the blaster pistol that can be attached to his leg. For the interchangeable hands, it will be the same as the TFA version.
About Phasma, this time Figuarts has done her armor chrome. In terms of accessories, she will also have her blaster, a blaster pistol, her spear and a some sort of small knife or mini spear (new weapons she is getting in TLJ).
The Elite Praetorian Guards will all have the sword and whip with them and each one will have their specific weapon as well – double blade, heavy blade, whip staff, plus obviously interchangeable hands.
For Rey and Kylo Ren faces, Figuarts will be using the digital face printing, a technique they have been using with all their figures and that gives a really realistic result and also avoid paint apps problems like in the Hasbro lines. In terms of accessories, Rey will have her blaster, Anakin’s lightsaber hilt and the lightsaber with the blade on, plus a satchel. For Ren, he will have his helmet, his lightsaber with the blade on and one with just the hilt. However, he won’t have his cape as seen on the Vanity Fair cover photoshoot. If Figuarts didn’t include it, I think it may mean that Kylo won’t have his cape much in the movie, at least it would be my guess.
If you want to see all the promotional pictures that were released for these figures, go check the album we made on our facebook page!
If you live in Japan and were able to go to Force Friday II events there, you may have already been able to get Phasma and the First Order Stormtrooper, plus see with your own eyes the upcoming figures on display and looking at the photos posted on facebook, it looks like Figuarts has done another amazing job!
Let us know in the comments, if you are going to pick some of these awesome figures!