So, it’s a year after The Force Awakens arrived in theaters, and there’s a different Star Wars story currently reigning the top of the box office charts. I rewatched The Force Awakens for the first time in quite a while, and it struck me that there are still a lot of action figures we still don’t have from that movie.
Don’t get me wrong, looking at my rather full shelves of The Force Awakens characters, I’m not complaining. But when we’re to the point where Hasbro is releasing Poe in that boring green uniform at the end of the movie and we still haven’t gotten to some of the really cool looking characters yet, it makes me hope that there are some future waves coming before the Episode VIII onslaught that can fill in some of the Force Awakens gaps.
So here’s my top 10 countdown of figures we NEED from Episode VII:
He actually appeared on the screen (unlike SOME characters I might mention,) he’s a fun and unique design, and he was also one of the first creature designs we saw from the movie, showing off how much practical effects were going to be used. He’d be great in a two-pack with another denizen of Jakku.
Although he’s a human in futuristic garb (something I’m avoiding, mostly, because I’m going for more “toyetic” toys a lot of the time) he’d look great in front of the Guavian Soliders, and he led the confrontation with Solo. They made Tasu Leech, so there’s hope for Bala-Tik.
8. BU-4D (Buford) Loading Droid
A background character, to be sure, but a really cool looking droid that captures a 70s sort aesthetic nicely. He’d maybe make a good 2-pack with another Resistance member if nothing else.
7. Bazine Netal
Mysterious and sinister, she’s the one who reported seeing BB-8 at Maz Kanata’s to the Empire. She’d be even better with her gigantic cuddle-buddy Grummgar in a two-pack, but she’s cool enough to stand on her own, too.
I love having a lot of different scale figures in a line-up, something Star Wars is great for. Plus, Wollivan looks pretty lovable AND he’s played by Warwick Davis!
5. “Crusher” Roodown
Again, my love of different scales comes into play here, plus the mix of alien with droid arms is hard to resist. I think he’d make an impressively massive figure. HIs scavenger sled would be a cool addition to a deluxe figure, but not necessary.
4. Vober Dand
Vober was featured pretty heavily in the later Resistance scenes. He’s got a really fun, hunched look and a unique design that would look great in figure form. Plus, the resistance needs some more cool creatures in its roster to contrast with all those visored fighters!
It’s a female droid who looks mysterious, alien and kind of sexy in one go. Well, sexy for a droid. She’s got a really cool copper coloring, and a mysterious backstory where she’s rumored to be as old as Maz Kanata and the castle that Maz lives in.
2. Fleet Engineer
The spiritual successor to the Death Star Gunners, it’s a little surprising Hasbro didn’t make a figure of this guy yet, as they left no stone unturned when it came to the Imperials for the most part. They’ve got a pretty cool look to them, and would look great in the line-up of Imperials. Bonus choice: I’d love to have a Hux without a cap some day.
1. General Leia
This, to me, is the biggest oversight on Hasbro’s part. Now, we’ve got plenty of opportunity to get this figure with Episode VIII I suppose. But, unlike Luke, Leia was in episode VII a lot. And although we got a (pretty poorly executed) figure of her in her blue dress she wore for a few seconds, we haven’t gotten her main (and much better) look yet. Hopefully this will be rectified before Episode VII hits, but at the very least she should be in the first wave or two from that movie. I know Luke seems obvious, too, but we know we’re going to get a figure of him in Episode VIII so I’m okay with waiting for him.