Rogue Friday introduced fans to a new set of action figure representations of characters we know little, to nothing, about. In 2015 fans were burned, one might say, by figures with little screen time such as Captain Phasma and, most notably, Constable Zuvio. This year, however, it seems that Hasbro is making the right choices with the action figure releases. Especially, in the Black Series 6-inch (TBS6) line of figures.
These 6-inch Black Series figures, in the humble opinion of this blogger, are outstanding. Specifically, Rogue One is giving the fans a new slate of troopers. All of which look fresh yet familiar and Hasbro’s likenesses of these troopers are excellent. There are three novel troopers in this line: the Deathtrooper, the Hovertank Pilot, and the Scarif Stormtrooper. I am in love with all three — especially the Scarif Stormtrooper. Let’s take a look at the lot!
The most widely available thus far has been the Deathtrooper.Released in the first wave of Black Series 6-inch figures on Rogue Friday, the Deathtrooper, is by far, the most popular in the six-figure wave. Toy runs to my local Walmart’s and Target’s typically reveal multiple Jyns and Cassians, an abundance of Reys and Kylos, and a K2SO every once in a while, but rarely do I see a Deathtrooper hanging on the pegs. This is an army builder for sure — I myself have purchased five (not including the Deathtrooper Specialist, released as part of the Target Exclusive Multipack). Images seem to indicate there are a total of six troops in this elite squad, so my squad is complete.
The Deathtrooper stands a bit taller than the average figure, and appears slightly more slender (black is slimming, after all).This lines up with some of the information that has leaked out, suggesting that the Deathtroopers are taller and agiler than the basic Stormtroopers, and more lightly armored as well. It is a stunning figure, has excellent balance and pose ability, can half-kneel and hold his (or her, maybe, who knows) weapon easily in both hands.
The second stunning trooper in the Rogue One TBS6 line is the Toy-R-Us Exclusive Hovertank Pilot. This figure was available on Rogue Friday in limited quantities. Most stores received one case it seems; I was lucky enough to snag one. The Hovertank Pilot then became very rare for a few weeks, but is now commonly spotted swinging on the pegs in Toys-R-Us and available on their website with free shipping (at the time of this writing).
I cannot put my finger on which trooper this one reminds me of, but maybe that is because it is a very unique-yet-familiar design. The off-white armor and dark brown pants complement each other well, and the armor has a very worn and dirty look that adds to the realism of the figure. The Hovertank Pilot is also well-balanced, standing very well is various dynamic poses. The pilot can achieve a half-kneeling position, although it does not quite look natural, and can achieve a nice two-handed blaster grip. An overall, incredible figure.
Last, but certainly not least, is the Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader. This particular design and figure is one of my most favorite in the Star Wars canon. So many things to love, where to begin? Let’s start with the helmet — it calls back to the biker scout in my opinion. A trooper that ranks as the favorite original trilogy-era trooper design for myself and many others. The major difference is the Scarif trooper has a blast shield rather than a visor. The torso armor looks fairly standard for Imperial Troopers, but it is colorful! While I have seen some balk at the color added to the trooper armor, I think it really makes this troop stand out and just plain looks cool! The lower body also has a unique touch, with the rear half-skirt (no idea what this is called…) covering the back of the upper leg.
Like the Hovertank Pilot, the Scarif trooper also has a weathered, and dirty look. The difference being the aforementioned color splashes on top of the beige colored armor. This trooper seems to be the most poseable of the three, which is really saying something. The hip and knee joints allow for a flawless half-kneeling position achievement, and he is able to assume a perfect double-handed blaster hold.
The Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader is part of Wave 2 of the Rogue One TBS6 line (Wave 8 overall), which has yet to hit nationwide. It is sure to be a tough one to locate, as will be the upcoming Walmart Exclusive (Basic) Scarif Stormtrooper. I have yet to receive one of these (but it is on order), but just imagine the Squad Leader minus the torso armor color. As a major potential army builder, I hope that Walmart is able to provide this figure in bulk. Although, I have my doubts.
In conclusion, Hasbro hit-it-out-of-the-park on these three troopers. The unique look of each was captured and translated near-flawlessly to plastic, and I would recommend even the non-collector Star Wars fan pick these up to display!
The Cantina Cast
The wretched hive your Jedi Master warned you about!
Jett, out. *