This past weekend at Star Wars Celebration, the crowd (and people watching online) got their first glimpse of the first Rogue One action figure: a Black Series Sergeant Jyn Erso. (Which was then handed to Felicity Jones, who seemed genuinely thrilled to have had an action figure made of her.) It was later announced that these would hit stores this fall on Force Friday (the day all new Star Wars merchandise for the new film becomes available in retail stores), but a limited amount of them would be available as a San Diego Comic-Con exclusive. (If you’re there, yeah, good luck getting one… you’re gonna need it.)
So, yes, I was a bit surprised when one of these just showed up in my mail on Thursday, literally just a few minutes before I started writing this. So, like anyone who now owns an extremely in-demand collectable, I did what any idiot would do: I opened it and took pictures, so I could share them with you.
The Black Series is Hasbro’s high-end collectors line. I own a few others and I genuinely like them for their detail, but I pick and choose the characters I collect (my personal favorite is Han Solo in his Hoth gear) because chasing the whole set could put a normal person in bankruptcy.
I have to admit, there’s something still really exciting about getting a new Star Wars figure from a movie I haven’t seen yet. That’s how I was introduced to Star Wars. I had a dozen Star Wars action figures long before I saw my first Star Wars movie. So, I still get that pang of excitement on days like this. Anyway…
I am not a toy reviewer. There are people who do that and know how to do that; I do not. But in my amateur opinion, Jyn Erso is pretty nifty. She also comes with four cards depicting the action figure in action. I guess this is technically an unboxing post? I can’t believe I made an unboxing post, but I just wrote an unboxing post. Anyway, here are the photos I took of the new Jyn Erso that you can buy this fall (unless you are in San Diego and are really, really lucky).
Mike Ryan lives in New York City and has written for The Huffington Post, Wired, Vanity Fair and New York magazine. He is senior entertainment writer at Uproxx. You can contact him directly on Twitter.