Having been abandoned in some way by the three people who played a role in raising her, only being taught advanced survival tactics and a hatred for the Empire and later, the formal Rebellion, all by people who didn't outwardly care for her and left her at a young age, Jyn wasn't able to trust people and doesn't feel a sense of loyalty. People with those kinds of trust issues have a tendency to fight back even to those who reach out, fearing they could be hurt again in some way or form. Basic psychology. Jyn can't trust anyone, nor any of the galaxy's major factions - so all she can do is try to survive in between the world around her. A lot of scowling, a lot of kicking, and a lot of blaster fire. Changing identities, escaping jail, avoiding entanglements. Unlike Leia or Rey, for example, she has no inherent sense of morality. Jyn doesn't care about anyone or anything, and she would sooner blaster you in an instant than let herself become attached. Friends are for weaklings. Survival of the fittest. Etc.We're going to be drowning in Jyn's for years. She's a completely forgettable character. Describe her personality....scowls a lot???
When the Rebels break her out, she refuses to even talk to them until she is captured again, and even then, is somewhat resentful to the mission they award her. She's cynical to Cassian's positive messaging about the Rebellion, even, but over the course of the mission on Jedha, she is forced to re-evaluate why her father and Saw left, and sees their dedication to the 'greater good' were all about protecting her in the end, and realizes they are both dedicated to a similar cause. Saw and Galen both nod towards themes of hope as well as sacrifice, and so by the time they return to the Yavin Temple, Jyn has chosen to pursue those same ideals - thus her echo of Cassian's words from before. When the Rebellion is reluctant to act, she showcases her newfound sense of purpose by imploring them to continue, but her independent streak recurs - she exhibits anger at the Rebellion for refusing to act, and is willing to go on a mission that she knows is critical without their permission. Cassian and the others' willingness to stand by her despite the Rebellion, meanwhile, shows that she can inspire - and accept - trust.
Jyn has some flaws as a character, and the film could've perhaps done more to illustrate her independence earlier in the film, but sometimes when a character doesn't seem intent on showing emotion, it's a creative choice and not strictly bad acting or writing, nor does it indicate a lack of personality. Edwards made the same creative decision in Godzilla 2014, where it was similarly perceived to be stilted acting. I think that was a worse case than R1, but it also shows a precedent.
I like the character and think Hasbro simply dropped the ball on creating good figures based on her in the basic line. Eadu Jyn is one of the worst figures I think they've released in that format, and Jedha Jyn has bad paint apps and is a little less than dynamic as a figure - especially for casual buyers who already brought the previous one. Both figures were also repacked which didn't help. I don't think the pegwarmer status is based on the character, given I've seen most R1 wave 1 figures pegwarming here or there.
That would have been a good idea on Hasbro's part. They didn't repack the 5L/MS versions of Darth Vader or Yoda, for example.indysolo007 said:but if we are forced to have a Jyn in this line I would have preferred a new version.