Say what you will about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but you can't deny the awesome power of all the incredible new characters. I enjoyed the movie quite a bit, and it was largely due to how much excitement the new blood brought to the screen. While Hot Toys has been slowly rolling out figures both new and old for the Star Wars license, its latest announcement brings about a figure I thought we'd never get.

Sure, Finn was an obvious choice to get a sixth-scale toy, as he's all over the marketing and the world has fallen head over heels for John Boyega (and his maybe lover, Poe, played by Oscar Issac. I know I ship it.). But even Finn isn't the film's most perfect character. That privilege lies solely in the arms, baton and shield of the Riot Control Stormtrooper, TR-80RZ. I know that's not his real First Order designation, but a if a guy can dream about what Finn and Poe are doing after hours, he can sure dream about the name of a fictional soldier being all too apt.

The Riot Control guy had one of the best Stormtrooper moments in the history of the films, as so few of them have been spotlighted to get such a significant solo sequence. I'm not including any of the clones here since those were clone troopers and a stormtrooper is a slightly different thing, particularly at this time in the universe. Riot Jones was also not completely terrified of a lightsaber, and was so firm in his beliefs that he spotted the one guy that ever took off his helmet in public to throw down with in the middle of a hotly contested battleground.

The figure is not really all that different from any of the previously released First Order troopers, though he will come with his Z6 riot control baton, which uses a similar frequency of laser as a lightsaber apparently, and the standard riot shield given to this particular battalion in the First Order. I'm not exactly sure why riot control troopers were sent into the middle of a battle, as that role seems to be for policing rowdy crowds and uprisings, and not a group you'd drop into the middle of a pirate haven in the middle of a lake.

Finn's figure is okay. While you'll be able to get him in both the two-pack and alone (this Stormtrooper is only available in the set), you get the exact same goods for Finn in either version. Sometimes Hot Toys throws in some bonus goodies for characters in a two-pack, but that's not the case here. That's okay though, as I'd rather the company not worry about what kind of accessories are included when that face is such a disappointment. You could consider this head sculpt to be fairly close to John Boyega, but that likeness is not very good. They got the haircut and the nose, but that's about it.

I know this is a prototype, and by next summer there might be some improvements, but it's a shame to see Hot Toys having so much trouble with both of the human heroes announced so far for The Force Awakens line. The Daisy Ridley Rey figure is just off, but this Finn has a bit more wrong with the mouth, jaw and eyes than she did. It really pulls you out of the illusion, which is a damn shame considering how big a deal Finn is in this franchise (and to the fandom). Yeah, he comes with the lightsaber (which lights up), and the clothing designed for the figure is spot on. If the face just doesn't jive though, there's not all that much to be excited about. Fingers crossed Hot Toys gets its sculpting together in the next few months.

The Finn and Riot Control Stormtrooper set is available for pre-order now at Sideshow Collectibles for $359.99. The standalone Finn is also available for $204.99. Both versions are expected to arrive between June and August 2016.

 

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