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Captain Cassian Andor

Star Wars Rogue One
by yo go re

Y Tu Padmé También.

An accomplished Alliance Intelligence officer with combat field experience, Captain Cassian Andor commands respect from his Rebel troops with his ability to keep a cool head under fire and complete his missions with minimal resources.

There was a single-packed Cassian Andor in the Black Series line, but that one was wearing Han Solo's Hoth jacket, not his standard costume. If you wanted that, you had to buy a Target-exclusive three-pack featuring him, Jyn Erso, and an Imperial Death Trooper. Now thanks to The Mandalorian, I do wish I'd gotten that set (or gotten a Death Trooper at all), but by that point I already had a Jyn, so I passed. And while the set did last long enough to reach clearance, the price still wasn't low enough for me. I tried to eBay Cassian by himself, but eventually found him wonderfully cheap at this year's toy show. Whee!

Cassian was played by Diego Luna, contributing (along with Poe Dameron and Mando) to the en-Latino-ing of Star Wars. The Rogue One toys predated the Photo Real paint, but the underlying sculpt is good. His goatee is perhaps a bit thick - it should be closer to the stubble along the rest of his jaw, with only the mustache really being solid.

Apparently all of Cassian's clothes come out of Han Solo's closet, because having shed the Hoth jacket, he's now wearing the Bespin one. Well, no, that was black, this is brown. So it's either the Force Awakens or Solo jacket. There's a small metal plate by the right shoulder, and a flap that would cover the fasteners, if he ever closed his jacket. The opening of his white shirt folds open, like Luke's at the end of Episode VI, and he's wearing khaki pants - a very casual look (other than the gun holstered on his right leg).

The only part of this sculpt that's potentially shared with the single release are the feet: above the ankles, everything is new. The articulation remains great, with swivel/hinge ankles, double-hinge knees, swivel thighs, balljointed hips, swivel/hinge wrists, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel/hinge shoulder, a balljointed torso, hinged neck, and balljointed head. This mold predates the "double-balljoint neck" Hasbro is using on the Black Series these days, so he can actually look up and down.

Solo-packed Cassian came with his BlasTech A280-CFE blaster pistol, but three-pack Cassian does one better: he's got the blaster, plus the parts needed to convert it to its sniper configuration! The blocky pistol can fit in his holster, but there's nowhere to store the buttstock or extended barrel. Still, modular weapons rank right up there with removable armor for me, so this is great.

Rogue One is the second-best of the Disney-era movies, and with Cassian Andor due to get his own Disney+ series next year, I'm thrilled to finally get a figure of him to complete the team.

-- 01/18/20

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