IMPERIAL HOVERTANK PILOT
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES
Well, dear readers, we’ve made it to the end of the Rogue Friday stuff. I’ve looked at all of the regular release figures that I’ve gotten. However, I also managed to grab one of the many store-exclusives, that were up for grabs. This one fits the theme of the last few days, being another Black Series figure. Rogue One is offering us a whole bunch of different specialized Imperial troopers, such as today’s Hovertank Pilot, who follows the precedent set by the TIE fighter pilots, the AT-AT drivers, and even the Biker Scouts, of being a trooper specifically designed to drive a thing.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Imperial Hovertank Pilot is part of the Star Wars: The Black Series line and is a Toys R Us-exclusive figure. He was released alongside the latest Black Series set on Rogue Friday, but appears to have shipped in cases of just Hovertank Pilots. The figure stands about 6 inches tall and has 27 points of articulation. So far, the figure has a totally unique sculpt, but that’s likely to change, given the closeness of the Pilot and Scarif Trooper designs. From the looks of things, all of the Pilot’s armor but the helmet and belt is the same as the Scarif Trooper. The helmet lacks the mouthpiece, sports a much thinner visor, and is wider at the base than the Scarif helmet, and the belt lacks the skirt, in favor of two slightly longer pouches on the frontmost pockets. I like the design of the Pilot, but, like the Death Trooper, I’m not certain it quite fits the OT-aesthetic. It’s certainly close (especially on the parts shared with the Scarif Trooper), but something about the helmet looks more First Order than Imperial. Someone brought up that this figure almost looks like a first order take on the Biker Scout, and I kind of agree. But, like I said, it’s still a solid design on its own. The sculpt does a good job translating the design (at least from what we’ve seen of it), and features a nice assortment of smaller detail work. In particular, I like the texturing on the clothing under the armor. The shoulders seem a touch wide, but other than that, the proportions feel pretty solid. The paintwork is actually a good deal better than a lot of Black Series figures. Not only is the basic application pretty clean, but he’s also got some really great wear and tear on his armored parts, which makes him stand out a bit next to the other spotless Troopers we’ve gotten. Here’s hoping we get more like him! The Hovertank Pilot includes a standard Stormtrooper blaster. Like some of the others in this series, he feels a little light on accessories, but I don’t really know what else you could give him.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
So, I’m sure no one’s shocked to find out that I got this guy at TRU during their midnight opening event for Rogue Friday. I actually wasn’t sure I was going to grab him, and I didn’t pick him up on my first pass. However, when I looped back around to the Black Series figures, he was still there, and I decided to go for it. I’m glad I did. After K-2, I’d say this guy’s my favorite of the Rogue Friday stuff. He’s just a very well put together figure. I look forward to getting the Scarif Troopers on this body!
Okay, that’s it for the Rogue Friday stuff (well, mostly). I think this launch was much more successful than the Force Awakens product, and I hope that Hasbro is able to keep it more or less consistent for the Episode VIII launch. Only time will tell! Tomorrow, I’ll be back to some non-Star Wars figures.