Our on-going attempt to rank every character released for Disney Infinity continues with the first batch of Star Wars characters, which were released along with Disney Infinity 3.0 at the end of August. The 13 characters in wide release right now offer a great cross-section of Star Wars eras, with almost equal representation across the original films and the Clone Wars and Rebels cartoons. (And if you snagged one of the special PlayStation bundles, you have access to Boba Fett before even most of the press.) Almost all of them reflect the excellent modeling you expect from Infinity figures, and between the Jedi and the non-Force enabled characters there’s a nice variety of play styles to explore. (If you want to read more about 3.0, check out our review.) If you have a tight budget, though, or don’t want to clutter up your house with tiny little Star Wars toys, here are our picks for figures to prioritize.
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Unranked: Boba Fett. Everybody's favorite bounty hunter has technically been released, but only for people who bought a PlayStation bundle. It'll be officially released for everybody at some point in 2016, and until then we probably won't have an opportunity to try him out within the game.
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13. Kanan Jarrus: So none of the Star Wars figures are bad so far. Kanan Jarrus from the Rebels set is the least impressive just because he's a fairly generic looking Jedi. Sure, he's not wearing the robe, but he's got an ersatz Qui-Gon Jinn vibe that makes him look a bit like an afterthought. The goatee doesn't help. Like all the Jedi, he's fun to play in-game, though, and his wary, cautious pose is a nice contrast to the other Jedi figures.
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12. Ezra Bridger: Perhaps it's my old guy bias, but these first two Rebels characters don't have the aesthetic appeal of some of the older characters in the line. Ezra here has a bit of a generic look, with only the unique light saber handle really standing out.
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11. Chewbacca: Of course we love Chewie, but a couple of things knock him down a bit in these rankings. Despite not being a real person, he somehow struggles the most, visually, with being turned into an Infinity character. The bigger, rounder eyes look far more out of place on his furry mug than with the human characters. And although he's a powerful fighter in the game, his attacks and combos are pretty slow, to the point where it's not always fun to play as him.
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10. Obi-Wan Kenobi. It's a tough call from here. Obi-Wan's so low in part because of the weird stance his statue is in. That just looks really uncomfortable. All the Jedi control fairly similarly within the game, so he doesn't really stand out as a playable character. He still has the best beard in the galaxy, though, and that's good for something.
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9. Han Solo: Han will probably be every dad's favorite character to play for sentimental reasons, but he suffers from the same problem as the other non-Jedi characters: shooting a gun just isn't as fun as slicing through enemies or using the Force. Plus his figurine sort of looks like it's doing that Dreamworks smirk. Thankfully the writing in the Rise of the Empire play-set gives him some good, Solo-level one-liners.
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8. Anakin Skywalker: The always controversial Anakin cuts an imposing figure with his scar and all-black ensemble. His dynamic pose even recalls that of his son, Luke, with the light saber tilted similarly but in the opposite direction. The game doesn't entirely focus on his rage or brutality, which might be a missed opportunity. If he had a skill that hinted at his fate, he could be a few slots higher.
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7. Leia Organa: The game smartly focuses squarely on the brave, thoroughly capable Leia of the first two films. She's every bit the equal of Han and Chewbacca from an in-game perspective, but with a better designed figure that more fully captures the essence of the real-life version.
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6. Zeb Orrelios: Zeb's been called the Chewbacca of Rebels, an observation backed up by the fact that the character design is based on one of Ralph McQuarrie's early Chewbacca designs for the first film. He's a strikingly designed character with a unique weapon, and although he feels as powerful as Chewbacca he doesn't seem quite as slow. The figure is cool to look at and the character is fun to play, making this one of the better characters in the bunch.
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5. Luke Skywalker: Cynics might hate Luke as a character, but he's the linchpin for the entire series, and this figure does a great job of capturing that mix of resolve and inexperience that Mark Hamill brought to the role. Like all the Jedi, he's also incredibly fun to play, with the speed of his strikes and the power of his Force abilities letting you rush through even the most cluttered of environments.