JAKKS teased a new wave of its Big Figs line at Comic Con this year and we all knew it was going to focus on characters from The Last Jedi
. What we didn't know was how many variants we would get focusing on the new praetorian guard, and honestly, they are awesome.
For those of you not familiar with the Big Figs line, they are essential larger versions of the 3.75" figures, except with more articulation and detail that either matches or exceeds The Black Series
So far in late 2017 we got two waves of the Big Figs for The Last Jedi. Wave one released on Force Friday II and features Rey (Jedi Training), Kylo Ren, Praetorian Guard Version 1
, Praetorian Guard Version 3
, and a First Order Stormtrooper (re-release). Wave two released in November and features Captain Poe Dameron, Captain Phasma (with pike), Praetorian Guard Version 2
, and First Order Executioner Stormtrooper. Version 2 also turned up at some Walmarts across the country of Force Friday II. Target also got a exclusive version of the Praetorian Guard but it was nothing more than version 1 with the weapons from all of the figures.
Why are these so cool? Just check out the aesthetic. They have a nice cloth detail along with these awesome weapons. The version 2's weapon can be split into two or combined into a single bo like weapon, just like The Black Series
version. The wrists help them to pose with these spears two-handed.
How can you tell the difference? Like the other versions....it's all in the helmet. One is clearly different, whereas the other two are subtle and require looking at different angles or the back of the helmet. Once again though, hats off to JAKKS for capturing the nuance of these pieces.
What will they set me back? They retail for $20 but almost always go one sale shortly after for about $15. The links above should direct you to the items at the cheapest price for when we posted this article but don't let that discourage you from looking for a better deal. Target, Walmart, and Toys"R"Us each seem to sell their own variant of the figure. Amazon seems to carry the Toys"R"Us version judging from the photos.