"I'm one with the Force; the Force is with me." Chirrut Îmwe
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, or simply Rogue One, is the first installment of the Star Wars Anthology series, set immediately before the events of the original Star Wars film. The cast includes Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Rogue One follows a group of rebels on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star, the Galactic Empire's superweapon. Donnie Yen stars as Chirrut Îmwe, a Zatoichi-esque blind warrior who believes in the Force. He is said to be one of the Guardians of the Whills.
This is my latest haul and the first of May 2017. Hot Toys must have an affinity for Donnie Yen because they were rather fast in producing and releasing this Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 1/6th scale Chirrut Îmwe 12-inch Figure. It is no surprise since Hot Toys founder Howard Chan is also from Hong Kong and Donnie Yen is one of the biggest stars in Hong Kong. I'm also quite pleased to finally land a Donnie Yen 12-inch figure. Enterbay had the rights to the 1/6th scale Donnie Yen as Ip Man figure but I certainly wasn't going to get anything from them so this is my first mini Donnie Yen. While Ip Man didn't have many accessories, Chirrut Îmwe certainly is more equipped and his outfit / costume is more interesting.
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Because it's Donnie Yen, Hot Toys released two versions of this figure, the regular version and this Hot Toys MMS403 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 1/6th scale Chirrut Îmwe Collectible Figure Deluxe Version which features an exclusive diorama figure base with a Stormtrooper helmet and a special package design inspired by traditional Asian art!
Hot Toys MMS403 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 1/6th scale Chirrut Îmwe Collectible Figure (Deluxe Version) features: Authentic and detailed likeness of Donnie Yen as Chirrut Îmwe in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story | Movie-accurate facial expression with detailed skin texture | Approximately 29 cm tall Body with over 30 points of articulations | Nine (9) pieces of interchangeable hands including: One (1) pair of fists, One (1) pair of open hands, One (1) pair of hands for holding staff, One (1) pair of hands for holding crossbow, One (1) left hand for making fighting gestures
This Deluxe Version features an exclusive diorama figure base with a Stormtrooper helmet
Instruction sheer for Hot Toys Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 1/6th scale Chirrut Îmwe Collectible Figure
Here's a closer look at the exclusive diorama figure base with a Stormtrooper helmet
The exclusive diorama figure base is not original though. It was first included with the Hot Toys MMS90 Movie Masterpiece Series 1/6th scale 14-inch Predator collectible figure. You can check out the Predator action figure review posted on my toy blog HERE
Here's Hot Toys Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 1/6th scale Donnie Yen as Chirrut Îmwe Collectible Figure out of the box armed with his staff and with lightbow slung over the shoulder.
Even though Chirrut Îmwe was blind, that didn't stop him from becoming one of the Guardians of the Whills, an order of spiritual warrior-monks in Jedha City. Alongside his friend and protector, Baze Malbus, Îmwe became part of a volunteer group of Rebels tasked with stealing the plans of the first Death Star.
Chirrut Îmwe's outfit / costume consists of: dark blue robe with folded cape on the back, red tunic, white bandolier, gauntlet on the left wrist, black pants, dark brown boots
Check out the close-up pictures of Donnie Yen as Chirrut Îmwe in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The realistic life-like head sculpt bears a remarkable likeness to the famous Chinese actor. The paintwork is also stunning and I am always amazed at how well some of Hot Toys sculptors are able to capture a person's portrait and appearance. Kudos to Hot Toys once again for an excellent job!
NEXT: Hot Toys Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 1/6th scale Chirrut Îmwe Collectible Figure takes the fight to the Imperials, armed with his lightbow and staff
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