Which is the Best 3.75″ Kylo Ren Figure?

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One, Two, Three Times a Knight of Ren…

For a character deliberately designed to ape the success of Darth Vader, Kylo Ren is not off to a bad start – after one film he’s already the most interesting of Disney’s additions to the saga, and there’s the promise of plenty more to come in the next two instalments.

Since the release of The Force Awakens back in 2015 Hasbro has been quick to capitalise on the popularity of the troubled Ben Solo, releasing no fewer than eight 3.75” figures and counting. The kitbashed version released on a Rogue One card recently came into my possession, leading me to this rather particular question:

Which Kylo Ren action figure from The Force Awakens is the best?

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The Imperial Order

The Imperial Order: Ranking the Star Wars Films | Green Card Back

Ranking the Star Wars films is something that we’ve all done, right? Basing our choices on a mixture of personal preference and societal approval and altering the list as each new instalment settles in.

It’s not something that I’d considered for a long time as since 2005 I had come to consider the saga as a whole, and then The Force Awakens was such a confusing addition to the story that I didn’t give much thought to how it aligned with the other films (instead mulling over whether I should even accept it at all).

Rogue One brought the fun of Star Wars back for real, and with it the realisation that my appreciation for each episode had shifted. Not only was it time to make a new ranking – there was a revised viewing order to be had as well…

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Bringing the Rogue Home

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Yesterday fans up and down the UK were collecting their copies of Rogue One on DVD and Blu Ray, and I was no exception (also picking up a free YA novel adaptation of the film from Sainsburys, which was a nice bonus). The Blu Ray has taken instant pride of place on the shelf, and tonight is booked in for travelling back to that galaxy far, far away and enjoying the finest Star Wars film since The Empire Strikes Back.

Yep, it really is that good.

It will be interesting to see how well the film ages. Of the Lucas films even Revenge of the Sith has had over a decade to mature, making it’s easier to be objective and consider each episode on its own actual merits, free from hype. Rogue One was amazing upon release, and again on each subsequent viewing. Yet if something does eventually break the spell, how many viewings will it take for that to happen? After all, I’ve now seen the OT so many times that I sometimes struggle through the Battle of Yavin or the Battle of Hoth – does a similar fate await the Battle of Scarif? I hope not, but only time will tell.

Either way, it’s only a hypothetical concern at the moment. Right now for Star Wars fans it’s all about the present, and savouring the most exciting home release since 2005.


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Embracing the Black Series

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So, why has the blog focus shifted to the 6″ figures?

The single main reason is that the bigger Black Series line is now the only realistic game in town for halfway-decent Star Wars figures. The 3.75″ Black Series line is distributed too poorly to be enjoyable to collect (and I say that with several big Asdas near me), whilst the 5POA figures just haven’t gelled with me whatsoever.

Yet it’s been this way for a while now, and I’ve been OK with it. I’ve still picked up the odd figure here or there whilst admiring the incredible toy photography that pops up daily on Instagram, but as a rule I’ve been able to hold firm.

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Rogue One: Right the Second Time

Rogue One Spoiler Free Review

A spoiler-free review of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

While some over-exuberant fans praised The Force Awakens for taking them back to their childhoods, there was a significant portion of the Star Wars fandom who felt that the recycled plot, confusing character arcs and return to a status quo resolved in Return of the Jedi was not satisfactory. The charm, or magic as some called it was certainly present in whispered glimpses; but these glimpses could only disguise the shallow plot machinations and rushed production if you consciously chose not to look. With another year to gestate The Force Awakens could have been good; the characters and their arcs could have taken true form. Unfortunately money talks, and it was not to be.

One year later and where The Force Awakens failed, Rogue One has succeeded – and spectacularly.

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