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Topless Toy Chest: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Black Series Finn

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With Jakku the world and Finn the human, the Force never ends, Awakening Time!

I went to at least eight stores on Force Friday and saw literally three action figures total. A 3.75 Bespin Luke at Kmart, and one each of the repaint Chewbacca and this Finn at Toys R Us. Some have speculated that Finn is easier to come by because of racism, but I think it’s more pedestrian than that – the other figures in the line are a heroine packed with the hugely popular rolling robot BB-8, the major villain revealed so far, and the new Stormtrooper…and Finn’s a regular dude in normal clothes. Even giving him the lightsaber might have jazzed him up a bit.

That said, this figure does not suck. Let’s take a look.

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First off, if you’ve seen Attack the Block, you should be honored to have a John Boyega figure.

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The tiny bit of bio on the box back tells us nothing we didn’t already know.

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The sculpt details are very nice, with the texture on his shirt really a nice touch. The face sculpt feels just a little soft, though – like those personalized Gentle Giant figurines you can get from scans at Comic-Con and Disney Parks. As if they scanned John but didn’t get a great sculptor to go in and harden the lines just a bit. The result is that his face sometimes looks slightly out of focus, just a hair.

Articulation varies with the Black Series, but Finn’s is standard and symmetrical, with ball-and-hinge neck, cut-and-hinge shoulders, cut-and-hinge elbows and wrists, ball mid-torso, ball hips, cut upper thighs, double-jointed knees, and hinge-and-rocker ankles. You can pose him most any way you’d need to.

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The little details are nice too. Finn’s shoes look appropriately dusty, and while his gun may look like it’s about to fire a Nerf dart, painted details on Star Wars weapons are rare and welcome.

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If you want Finn in his Stormtrooper armor, good news – the heads are interchangeable, though Finn, even more so than Luke Skywalker, is a little short for a Stormtrooper.

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Given that this Finn looks to be the easiest (relatively) to get, I would suggest picking him up sooner than later if you’re interested. I doubt he’ll be reissued in quantities as big as Kylo Ren and the Troopers.

I do hope, however, that we’ll get other headsculpts for later versions.

About Author

Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.) Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist