When Disney first revealed the six-inch die-cast Elite series figures, I declined to collect them for two reasons: First, they were made from die-cast, and second, I was already collecting the Hasbro Black Series figures in the same scale. The Black Series I felt were a better all-around sculpt, even though both lines were produced using the same concept art, character scans, and photos.
Enter the new addition to Disney’s Elite series, the Premium Collection. First unveiled in early November 2016, these figures were revealed to be approximately ten inches tall, with plastic bodies. They would boast at least 30 points of articulation, and were initially offered as a Disney Store exclusive. Each figure featured amazing paint applications and life-like resemblance to the characters they represented.
This line really piqued my interest, as I was already considering past figures offered by Hasbro in the 12″ scale, which were far less articulated, and less detailed, than the new Premium figures being offered by Disney. The line began with Rey and Kylo Ren from Star Wars: The Force Awakens in late November 2016, and continued with Princess Leia from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, as well as figures from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Thus far, the line has been very successful, and has caught on with collectors worldwide.
When I first saw the Premium figure of Jyn Erso, I knew immediately that I wanted one. Seeing these figures online doesn’t do them justice; you really must have them in hand to see just how detailed and nice they really are. To begin, the packaging is very nice, and is done in a light stone gray, with metallic blue trim, which contrasts really nice, and presents a very balanced, and eye catching appearance with the foil lettering. The large window box display provides a very clear, and unobstructed view of the figure, as well as the included accessories.
As with other figures in the Premium line, Jyn stands approximately ten inches tall. Once removed from the interior tray, you can really begin to appreciate the level of detail put into these figures. The head sculpt is very much identical to Felicity Jones, and features even symmetry between the eyes and lips. The paint applications look nice, right down to the lip gloss! The figure’s hair is made from a soft fiber, and pulled back into a bun. I have the impression that her hair may be able to be let down, but I’m not for certain that it can.
Her outfit is made from a nice, soft cloth, with accurate and realistic stitching throughout. The figure does not include the jacket seen in the film; rather she is wearing her tunic with the outer vest. The tunic has nice stitching up the sides, across the breast, and around the collar. It also features a velcro closure on the rear, should you wish to remove it. The vest features identical stitching, including the quilted padding on the back, and the ribbing around the bottom of the vest. There are even two plastic code cylinders in the right breast pocket of the vest. The trousers have been made with seam lines on the front, and plastic fasteners secure the leg straps in place on the side of each leg. The trousers also feature velcro closure on the back of them as well. The gun belt and holster are made of soft plastic, and the holster is very secure, with a tab closure to secure the included A180 Blaster pistol. Finally, the boots have a very realistic weathered finish to them, with metallic fasteners on them.
I will say that with the Premium figures released thus far that I own, their shoes are molded onto the feet, and are not removable, however I don’t really see this as a drawback. It is the one significant difference between this line, and more expensive figures from other brands, such as Sideshow. As for the articulation, the possibilities are almost limitless in how you can pose these figures. The head and neck are a single molded piece on a ball joint, with a full range of motion, as are the shoulders, elbows, and wrists. There is both a torso swivel, and waist swivel on these figures. The legs are articulated at the thigh, with both forward and rear motion, as well as swivel, with fully articulated knee joints, ankle joints, and a toe joint as well, which aids in stability. Overall both the pose ability and stability of the figures is very impressive, with nice tight joints throughout.
Included with the figure are an extra set of hands, which feature identical paint applications to the ones already on the figure, but provide different variations in positioning, allowing the figure to wield her weapons left handed. The right hand which arrives on the figure can be manipulated somewhat to better grip the pistol, however I felt that by the character being right handed in the film, that the toy should have included a closed grip right hand as well. There are two accessories included, which feature Jyn’s baton fully extended, and non-collapsible. Also included is her Blastech A180 Blaster pistol, which she can be displayed with alone, or combined with the included parts to form a blaster carbine.
Overall I am very impressed with this figure, and I would have to say that it is very comparable to other, more expensive collectible figures in this scale, at a much better cost, without sacrificing quality, either. I personally feel like the Disney Star Wars Premium line is designed for collectors like myself, who want a larger scale, highly detailed and posable figure, in a realistic price range. They have quickly won me over, and have become my favorite line of figures to collect, and I am certain that in years to come, they will become one of the most sought after Star Wars collectibles around.