March 30, 2018 – The Black Series six-inch Kylo Ren has been issued and re-issued with so many tweaks, here and there, that we’re ready to throw up our hands and say, “Not another one!” And yet Hasbro’s release of Kylo Ren (Throne Room) offers some attractive new features that just might lure you in, even with the high $34.99 price tag.
Moreover, if you have already purchased the six-inch Supreme Leader Snoke (Throne Room), a GameStop exclusive, previously reviewed HERE, you will need this rendition of Kylo Ren to complete the throne room.
The ensemble is attractively packaged in a 9-inch square box with the familiar black-and-red color of The Black Series. The glossy cardboard face flap swings open, secured in a closed position with two Velcro dots.
A clear acetate window reveals the six-inch Kylo Ren along with his three accessories: his fully extended lightsaber, an additional hilt with the saber off, and a titanium helmet.
Behind the Darth-Vader-wannabe is the environmental base, which snap-attaches to Snoke’s floor base and completes the throne room.
For many, the base is the main reason to purchase the set up. The majority of the semi-octagonal base is colored a glossy industrial gray. Cut into the floor are thick, translucent triangles and oblong shapes, which are filled with tinted plastic. From various viewing angles, a slight aqua-blue tint gives the clever impression of glass.
By now you might exclaim: “I paid $34.99 for this? Another Kylo Ren and a plastic floor!” But that’s what nutty collectors do. In order to complete the Supreme Leader Snoke Throne Room set up and soothe your OCD tendencies, Hasbro has tricked us (yet again) to shell out cash. And be forewarned that it’s not that easy to find this half of the throne room as the package is a Walmart exclusive.
Kylo Ren has 28 points of articulation, offering great ranges of motion. While we could not get him to fully kneel in front of the Supreme Leader, our young Sith can still strike a pose on the galactic dance floor.
The face sculpt and paint applications are excellent, offering a very good likeness of Kylo Ren. The soft-pink skin tone, the taut facial angles, the blood-red scar, soulless eyes, dark hair – everything comes together to make this one of the better releases of Kylo Ren.
If there is a flaw, it is in the soft-goods cloak. The cut, texture, flow and length are good. But there is no fastener, and the cloak has a tendency to slip off when you want it to stay. Gravity is no friend to Kylo and his cloak.
The magic of the throne room begins when you link up the two halves of Snoke and Kylo’s environments. Once you introduce your other highly articulated figures (Praetorian guards, Rey, etc.), you can recreate various scenes from The Last Jedi.
Or better yet, let Disney and Jedi Mickey have the last laugh. Because they now own you. So don’t resist, let go your wallet, and have fun. They always win.