Baby-fied versions of pop culture characters aren't anything new. Chibi-inspired art has been around for a loooooong time, and we've had the X-babies and Muppet Babies and Skottie Young's Marvel babies continually reminding us that everything old can be made new again just by turning it into a child. The same can be said of Hot Toys' Cosbaby line, which appropriates the company's various licenses for highly-detailed adult action figures into itty-bitty versions with exaggerated features. Given the popularity of the Star Wars franchise, it was only a matter of time until Hot Toys turned its chibi-loving eyes towards The Force Awakens.

Yes, soon you'll be able to enjoy miniaturized figures of your favorite members of the First Order, rendered with the same affection of the caricature artist from your favorite amusement park. Twelve different figures will comprise the first two series of Hot Toys' Star Wars: The Force Awakens Cosbabies, including that rapscallion Kylo Ren and his bestest of friends, FN-2187.

The first series will be comprised of Kylo, Finn, a Stormtrooper offiicer, a Heavy Gunner Stormtrooper, and a Riot Control Stormtrooper. If you buy the set of all five, you also get a Special Forces TIE Pilot, though the base figures will all be available individually as well. Disappointingly, all the figures are bobbleheads, and thus will lack any articulation or poseability. The characters are all stylized differently enough from the Funko Pops that they won't confuse collectors too much, but you'll also be paying a little more for the Hot Toys name. Instead of the $10 you typically pay for a Pop, Cosbaby figures run about $15.

The second series includes Captain Phasma, the Snowtrooper, the Flametrooper, the standard Stormtrooper and a TIE pilot. The base Phasma will be painted with a darker, metallic gray, but if you buy the whole set of this wave, you get a chrome-plated Phasma instead. Additionally, the set comes with a sixth figure of a Jakku Stormtrooper, which has the body of the Heavy Gunner but a standard blaster rifle.

While all of these figures do look nice, it's a shame that the Cosbaby line has moved away from being fully-articulated figures with the last few releases. Bobbleheads are fine, but a Nendoroid-style set of Star Wars figures (like Cosbaby used to be) would have been way better.

There's no pre-order or official pricing details available as of yet, but we'll update this story when Sideshow Collectibles has more information.


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