LEGO has produced almost a thousand unique Star Wars minifigures since 1999 but numerous prominent characters from throughout the saga remain absent. Fortunately, a selection of new polybags have begun to fill those gaps, each containing an exclusive minifigure with a matching display stand.
40298 DJ is the third such polybag. I have been looking forward to adding this amoral character to my collection as he plays an important, but controversial, role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
DJ does not appear in any of the standard Star Wars: The Last Jedi sets, despite his prominent role in the movie. It is therefore very pleasing to see him in this polybag and I think the minifigure looks great when compared with his onscreen counterpart, sporting a scruffy leather jacket which appears suitably drab in reddish brown and black. Nevertheless, the graphic designer has captured excellent detail and I like the patterned collar in particular.
The minifigure features a dark brown hair piece which looks rather unkempt so suits the character well, although a new element representing DJ's hat and hair would have been wonderful. I like the shabby facial hair, scarring and enigmatic expression printed on the head but was somewhat disappointed to find no alternative face on the reverse side. That would certainly have been appropriate for somebody of questionable allegiance, like DJ.
The Completed Model
DJ is displayed on an attractive stand with Technic pin holes on either side, allowing it to connect with both 40268 R3-M2 and 40176 Scarif Stormtrooper. The three display stands look brilliant together as their design is fairly consistent, consisting of a black base and a sticker identifying each character which is applied to a 1x4 tile. A printed element would have been preferable but I like the name plaque even with a sticker.
The minifigure stands against a flexible plastic sheet which shows the interior of the Libertine. This is fitted using two Technic axles and looks rather nice, although there is very little contrast between DJ and the dark backdrop. However, I appreciate that the requisite copyright information has now been moved to the bottom edge of the sheet so it is obscured by the base, marking an improvement over past polybags.
Astromech droids and specialised troopers are undoubtedly collectable but important characters from the movies, particularly those who do not appear in other sets, are perhaps even more appealing. I am therefore very satisfied with 40298 DJ. The figure looks superb in relation to the source material and includes impressive printed detail, although an alternative expression would have been a welcome addition.
The stand is also well designed and I think the three minifigures look quite impressive when placed side by side, as shown above. Hopefully this series will continue, in which case I look forward to finding out who will appear in the next polybag!
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