IMPERIAL DEATH TROOPER
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES
Picking up from yesterday’s intro, today marks the second of the two character designs to be featured in both the larger and smaller scale Rogue One lines from Hasbro. To be fair to the Death Trooper, though, this is currently his only single-release figure, which certainly has some added appeal, doesn’t it? Yeah, I’m sorry guys, I don’t have a lot of stuff I can say here, not having seen the movie and all. Let’s just take a look at the figure, shall we?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Imperial Death Trooper is part of the first set of Rogue One-themed Star Wars: The Black Series figures, and he’s figure #25, making him the fourth figure in the set. The figure stands about 6 1/2 inches tall and has 27 points of articulation. While he doesn’t quite have the range of K-2, the posablity on this guy is a marked improvement over the First Order Troopers we got last year, and he doesn’t feel like he compromises his look for movement either, like the original trooper did. Right off the bat, this Death Trooper doesn’t feel quite as insanely skinny as his small-scale counterpart. He’s still more svelte than the average figure, but in a more realistic and believable way, which I think makes his whole design just look a tad better. The detailing on the armor is nice and sharp, and there are plenty of extra details not seen on the smaller figure. Getting a closer look at the armor, the Death Trooper really does feel like it belongs somewhere between the clones and the Stormtroopers chronologically. Now, whether it’s actually supposed to be in-between is another matter entirely, but I like the shared elements. It makes him fit in very well. I also like the Darth Vader-style belt, which, as small as it is, still really sells the time period these guys come from. I’m still not 100% sold on these guys fitting into the Original Trilogy timeline, but we’ll see how the movie handles it. The paint on the Death Trooper is actually pretty impressive, especially when compared to the rather low level of detailing on the smaller figure. There’s a ton of great little accent work on the armor (including a very slight green tint to the lenses on the helmet), and there’s even noticeable difference between the finish on the armor and the underlying bodysuit. The Death Trooper includes a large, shotgun-style gun (same as the smaller figure), as well as a smaller blaster, which is actually one of the available pistols in the latest Battlefront game. Both guns are pretty cool, though, like Cassian’s blaster, I do wish they had a little bit of paint on them.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I missed the Death Trooper at the TRU midnight opening. I made it a point to grab Jyn, Cassian, and K-2, but I moved onto the 3 3/4 inch figures before securing this guy, and by the time I got back, there were none of him left. Fortunately, Target saved the day the following morning, placing him right at the front of the big display near the store’s entrance. I wasn’t sure about the Death Trooper’s design at first, but the figure is definitely amongst the strongest in the initial assortment of products.