'Rogue One' Toy Version of Forest Whitaker Character Reveals Extent of His Battle Damage

Marcus Errico
Editor-in-Chief, Yahoo Entertainment

When we first met Saw Gererra in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, he was a vigorous young man transformed by tragedy into a vicious fighter. So it was a surprise to see him resurface in the Rogue One trailers in the form of Forest Whitaker’s wheezy, obviously battle-scarred warrior.

A young Saw Gererra becomes a ruthless freedom fighter in ‘The Clone Wars’ (Photo: Lucasfilm)
Forest Whitaker’s Saw Gererra as he appeared in the initial ‘Rogue One’ teaser trailer. (Photo: Lucasfilm)

Yesterday, during our Yahoo Movies Facebook Live unboxing of new Rogue One toys (below), I noted that we had yet to see a Saw Gererra action figure — possibly more of an inaction figure due to whatever crippling injuries he endured — and speculated that Lucasfilm wanted to withhold the reveal as long as possible to avoid giving too much away. With “Rogue Friday” finally here, we now can see that Saw Gererra may be as much machine as man.

The first Saw toy to arrive is this Funko Pop! figure, exclusively available now at Walmart, which shows his full armor/breathing apparatus, as well as his robotic foot. We’re not sure if the glove on the left hand covers a cybernetic appendage à la Luke Skywalker or is simply a Michael Jackson-esque affectation. (Photo: Funko/Walmart)
Hasbro’s 3.75-inch action figure, which was unveiled Friday and will be on sale next spring, is a more realistic depiction of the character, offering a detailed look at his armored suit. (Photo: Hasbro)

As Whitaker noted in an Entertainment Weekly interview, “there are some similarities” between Saw and Darth Vader. “This is his armored suit for flight, but also for maintenance… He’s been through many conflicts and many wars, so it’s also about [repairing] some of the many injuries he’s had. He wears it all the time.”

The Hasbro Gererra toy is part of a four-figure “Jedha Revolt” pack, teaming the character with Rebel squad leader Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), Edrio Two Tubes, and an Imperial hovertank pilot.

Available in the spring to coincide with the home release of ‘Rogue One,’ this $24.99 set features combatants in a key confrontation between Rebels and Imperials in the upcoming film. (Photo: Hasbro)

While we’ve seen the other characters in action in the trailers, Two Tubes had his big coming out party at San Diego Comic-Con. His costume was displayed in the Star Wars booth along with a plaque that described him as a “mercenary pilot” allied with Saw. He is the first creature we’ve ever met from the planet Yar Togna.

Until Rogue One arrives in theaters on Dec. 16 to explain how all these characters come together, we’ll just have to rely on our imagination — and our toys — to fill in the gaps.

Watch our Yahoo Movies Facebook Live deep dive into all the new Rogue One toys: