SH Figuarts Kylo Ren feels it again. The pull to the light…the LED light.
A while back I shared some photos of Star Wars SH Figuarts Kylo Ren. Since then I had seen many collectors, including The Fwoosh’s RoboKillah, modify–or to be more precise,“kitbash”– their SHF Kylo by swapping its robe out with the soft goods from the Black Series version.
The way the sculpted soft plastic of the SHF robes captured that burlap texture, along with the fact that I was hesitant to blow $20 on a figure just for its robe, kept me from making the swap. But over the months, the billowy SHF hood bothered me more and more. So I decided to look for a deal on TBS6 Kylo. After some research, I discovered that there were two slightly different Black Series Kylos. The more recent one which has a shorter robe was better suited for the slightly smaller SHF figure. When I found the figure for $15, I finally grabbed one to make the swap.
The modification was easy enough and completely reversible. I just popped the head off of the Black Series Kylo and carefully pulled the robe up and over. I then popped the head and legs off of the Figuarts Kylo and slid it on. It was a tight squeeze both ways, but a slow and steady approach did the trick.
Wow, was I thrilled with the results. The poseability of the smoothly jointed SH Figuarts Kylo, combined with the natural drape of the Black Series robe transformed this into one of the best figures in my collection. As I said in my previous Kylo article, the material used on the Black Series Kylo does have the texture of athletic material, but that tradeoff is a small price to pay for the added benefits. This simple mod is well worth it.
Additionally, I purchased an “LED Sword” kit from Kotobukiya and thought I’d try it out with the updated Kylo Ren. The sword kits are available in red, blue, and green for about $10 each, and come with one LED hilt and 8 different blades. They may be intended for Koto’s ArtFX+ line of Star Wars statues because they scale a bit larger than the average 1:12 blades. But it would be easy enough to trim the length of one of the blades to get it down to size. I’m still working on getting the lighting right for photographing a figure with a glowing lightsaber, but I like it so much that I’m already planning on adding the green and blue versions to my collection.
SH Figuarts Kylo Ren
Born in 1976, Bill Drewnowski grew up surrounded by Star Wars, the likely reason for his love of a great story. Now a father living in New England, Bill teaches high school English, including courses in science fiction and fantasy. Bill enjoys collecting books, posters, action figures, trading cards (including a huge Magic the Gathering obsession), and of course all things Star Wars. His favorite book is Moby Dick by Herman Melville. You can follow Bill on Twitter @DorkLair and Instagram @TheDorkLair.