I really enjoyed Rogue One. One of my favorite characters is Chirrut Imwe, played by Donnie Yen. He’s a character who, while very wise and very dangerous, doesn’t take himself too seriously.
Spoilers coming next for those who haven’t seen the movie yet (Really? It’s actually still in theaters. Go see it and then come back to this post. It’s okay, I’ll wait….
You saw it? Great. Now I’ll finish up).
In his final scene, Chirrut does something I haven’t seen in Star Wars, or for that matter, any other action movie of note. He knows what he has to do, is scared by it, and does it anyway while still being scared. He doesn’t put on a brave face, but he gets the job done.
There’s an old quote from John Wayne (who some would say is the epitome of a strong man): “Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway”. Chirrut knew what was at stake, so he saddled up, but without false bravado.
Chirrut was made from a Star Wars Series 4 Anakin head with a Saesee Tin (also from Series 4) body. The staff is made from lightsabers, and straps and equipment were made from electric tape. I followed Funko’s example and used light blue for his eyes (as they did with their Pop! figure). However, they didn’t show up in the photo so I added them digitally.