Disney Infinity 3.0 – Star Wars: Rise Against The Empire figure review

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You’ve already had a taste of Disney Infinity 3.0, a game that is making full use of a great license to deliver another fantastic entry in that franchise. The initial wave of figures focused primarily on the Prequel trilogy and the hit cartoon series Star Wars Rebels. But like most folks, you probably grew up on the Old Trilogy of Star Wars.

I’m talking characters like Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Chewbacca and Han Solo. The characters who made the original Star Wars so memorable. And those very characters are headlining the next playset in Disney Infinity 3.0, Rise Against The Empire.

I’m busy playing through that expansion right now, but I have had plenty of hands on time with the latest figure releases. And the Force is strong with this latest batch of figures.

Luke Skywalker

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Jedi legend, ace pilot and more of a lefty ever since that encounter with Darth Vader on Bespin. But this Luke, is more of a humble farm boy than anything else. Part of the package deal alongside his sibling Leia Organa in the Rise Against The Empire playset, Luke is sporting a proper Episode IV attire in his figure.

It’s also kind of the oddest figure of the lot. While the facial features, clothing and base look superb, I still can’t get over the proportions of this specific sculpt. I’m not saying that they’re bad, but the big boots just throw me off every time. That of course, adds to the charm of the figure, but it’s something that I wanted to take note of anyway.

In the game, Luke is a great mix of melee and ranged attacks. Similar to Kanan Jarrus and Ezra Bridger, Luke swaps a dash attack for a blaster offense instead, while his charged super ability is one that requires some deft timing in order to maximise damage. Not bad for a farm boy who went on to blow up the Death Star.

Princess Leia

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If there’s one thing that Leia’s Infinity 3.0 figure does, it’s that it manages to capture her royalty perfectly. There’s a certain regal sense to her design, as well as a more confident pose that emphasises how Leia is more of a leader than a soldier, but also both if she needs to be.

Her Episode IV clothing has been tweaked to be more functional, she carries her trademark blaster and yes, she has that infamous hairstyle which I adore.

Thing is, Leia is pretty much outclassed by the Jedi-heavy roster this year when it comes to gameplay. But she does have one trick up her sleeve, that none of the others do: An R2-D2 ally, who can help her hit her mark, every time, before taking off with that eerie scream.

Han Solo

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Let’s be honest here: Han Solo was so cool in the original Star Wars movies that Lando actually stole his clothes at the end of The Empire Strikes Back. And that coolness is still alive and well in his figure. He’s got the pose, the charm and even a scar on his chin that is seen in the game.

It’s not a Harrison Ford dressed up as Han Solo figure. It’s Han through and through, a cocky pilot who always, always shoots first. And the smaller details, such as movie-accurate pants, holsters and belt, just adds to Han Solo’s legend.

Chewbacca

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Always let the Wookie win. Chewbacca is one of the few characters in Disney Infinity 3.0 who can combine both long-range and close-range offense into one package. He’s also got some fantastic explosives up his sleeves when you want to deal with crowds, decent speed and a great charge attack that can blow stormtroopers away.

Chewbacca is also easily the most detailed of sculpts in this wave of old trilogy figures. He’s got a great snarl, his bandolier is full of power cells and all that fur gives his figure a nice sense of scale and weight. I like him! HRAAAAGGHAAAARRRGHAAAARLLL!

Darth Vader

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I’ve saved the best for last here. With Darth Vader, you’ve got more than just a Star Wars figure on your hands. You’ve got an icon, a legend that needs to be properly presented on any screen. And the Darth Vader Disney Infinity 3.0 knocks that ball out of the park. Darth Vader is what you’d expect him to be:

A menacing shadow, a powerful lord of the Sith who brings a sense of scale and power to the game. His attacks are slow, but powerful. He can finish combos off by Force-choking enemies around you. His super ability knocks down entire waves of enemies around you.

But it’s the small details that make Vader the best figure out of the lot. Leave him alone, and you’ll hear him slowly breathing with that KSHHHH-SHAAAA sound.

Look at his figure, and you’ll spot the various dials and buttons that keep his battered body alive. He’s also massive, nearly as big as Chewbacca and one of the taller figures in the game, towering over other characters. Just don’t mention your lack of faith around him. That would be…disturbing.

Last Updated: September 29, 2015

Darryn Bonthuys

Word-slinger at Critical Hit. Inventor of the macho Swiss gym chocolate known as Testoblerone. That's...that's about it really.

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