Star Wars toy report: Poe Dameron (Black Series)

Flying for the Resistance under the callsign Black Leader, Poe Dameron leads a Squadron of X-Wings in the fight against the First Order.
From the comic series Shattered Empire we know that his parents were survivors of the Battle of Endor, and stayed in the service of the New Republic afterwards until they settled down on Yavin 4 to spend more time as a family instead of being scattered across the galaxy in the fight against the remnants of the Empire.
It seems like he is rescued by Finn after being captured by the First Order and interrogated by Kylo Ren.
He grew up near a force sensitive tree, given to his mother by Luke Skywalker, who she helped remove two of the trees from an Imperial research facility.
I have always had a soft spot for pilots in the Star Wars universe. Wedge Antilles is one of my favourite characters from the movies and the former expanded universe, Hera Syndulla is the glue that holds her Rebel cell together, Han and Lando back up their big mouths with their skills and it seems that Poe Dameron fits that mold.


Black Series Pilot version

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This is the first figure from the Black Series line for Episode VII that is hard to talk about. Because no matter how many positive things there are to say, the face sculpt negates them all.

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And it doesn’t get better with the helmet on.

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But if you adjust the angle and the lighting you can get a decent photo of his countenance.

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But that won’t make one forget the stroke he must have suffered and robbed him of the control of the right side of his face.
Also, the helmet is a nice addition, but doesn’t really fit the figure but is cheaper than a seperate head with a sculpted on helmet and finally, is that Oscar Isaac?

The rest of the figure is ok. The flightsuit and helmet both look great and have neat details on it.

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The figure comes with a blaster pistol that can be stored in a holster and two hands without the gloves on but in the same grip poses.
It would have been nice to get two relaxed hands in gloves instead.

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I looked forward to recieving this figure, and perhaps i got a very bad example of it because i bought my figure from a lot of used ones.


Black Series Uniform version

This version of Poe Dameron comes packaged with a Riot Trooper, but is only sold in certain stores in the US and UK.
This one comes dressed in the uniform of the Resistance, a white verison of the pilot helmet (which doesn’t look as good as the black version) and a rifle version of the blaster design that you get with the Finn figure.

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The face sculpt on this figure is a huge improvement over the pilot version. It is still not perfect, but resemlbes Oscar Isaac likeness more.

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Again, a different angle makes the difference.

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In this version, the helmet also looks out of place.

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Here is a detailed shot of his rifle and his jacket. The jacket in particular looks good. The red applications on the shoulder parts of the jacket are a bit distracting for me, but it gives him a swashbuckler aura that fits the character.

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The face sculpt isn’t perfect on this figure, but at least one gets a decent head to put on the pilot version body.


It is a shame that Hasbro released such a badly sculpted figure. I’m aware that we are talking about a mass produced toy, and the other figures do not resemble the actors liknesses as well as a Hot Toys version would, but at least you can see an aspect of them in their toy counterpart, which is hard to do in this case.

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