The hype levels surrounding Star Wars: The Force Awakens may have reached critical mass, but that hasn't stopped fans from clamoring for more. Fortunately, to sate some of those appetites, there have been trading cards and comics and books and toys to hold the hunger for the actual film at bay. I'm as guilty as anyone for jumping head first off the moving bandwagon onto the hype train, and a large part of that is due to the new bad guys we've seen in promotional materials. Apparently I'm not the only one, as trying to find any merchandise with Kylo Ren and the Stormtroopers has been a challenge. Even they can't hold a candle to the desire seemingly everyone invested in Star Wars has for Captain Phasma.

Captain Phasma has appeared in footage and images, but hasn't uttered a single word. The only thing we know about her is that she's played by Gwendoline Christie and has the bossest set of armor. The fan fervor surrounding this character has already pegged her as the successor to Boba Fett. Now that's not from an actual coolness standpoint, obviously. We have no idea how cool she'll be in the movies. That's strictly from the point that any bit of merchandise that she's on becomes more coveted than the Ark of the Covenant. It's been especially true for all the figures Hasbro's made thus far, and it will likely be true for the upcoming Hot Toys version, too.

Hot Toys' Captain Phasma only comes with her signature blaster and ten different hands to pose with, but since that's all we've seen her with in the footage thus far, it makes sense. I wouldn't hold out any hope of seeing a helmetless head sculpt, as Disney and Lucasfilm have kept those cards incredibly close to the vest. Where other masked characters like Kylo Ren have been seen out of the gear in publicity stills, Phasma has never once not been 100% in character and costume. Just like a certain other, highly-regarded armored Star Wars villain (pre-prequels anyway).

I thought for sure Hot Toys' version would be the first to feature a fully-chromed out set of armor, but it looks like everyone's going to be using the battle damaged iteration of the character. Not that it's a deal breaker, but it would have been cool if at least one toy company offered a completely "clean" version of this character. At least all that blaster scarring will hide fingerprints better. At least this version will be coming with a cloth cape, unlike every other iteration released so far, which have been made from sculpted plastic.

No pricing or release date details are available as of yet, but we'll update this post when Sideshow Collectibles has all the relevant information.


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