IMPERIAL DEATH TROOPER
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“The elite soldiers of Imperial Intelligence, Death Troopers are encased in specialized stormtrooper armor with a dark, ominous gleam and serve as bodyguards and enforcers for Director Krennic.”
Man, for being so elite, these guys didn’t exactly amount to much, did they? Well, it’a not really their fault, I guess. At their core, they’re still just Imperial Stormtroopers, aren’t they? And these guys do manage to hit at least a few of their targets. Good for them. Like any good faceless Star Wars troop, they also make for really great toy fodder, so hey, here’s another Imperial Death Trooper figure!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Imperial Death Trooper is part of the small, four figure assortment of Rogue One-themed small scale Star Wars: The Black Series figures, which were released exclusively at Walmart back at the end of last year. This is one of the two troop builders in the assortment, which makes it slightly more difficult to find (though not as difficult as the Shoretrooper, let me tell you). The figure stands just over 4 inches tall and has 26 points of articulation. As with all of the figures in this assortment, the articulation is a marked improvement over the Force Awakens figures from the prior year, especially on the legs. That being said, I did find the Death Trooper to be the most difficult to pose of the three I’ve got. It’s possible that’s due to the character design, though. The sculpt is all-new to this particular figure, and it’s a pretty great rendition of the unique Death Trooper armor from the movie. The lankiness of the character is a little more down-played here, which I think is for the best. There’s an add-on with a pauldron and web gear, denoting that this guy’s a slightly different variation of the Death Trooper than I’ve looked at before. I believe this makes him a squad leader. Anyway, the extra gear is pretty cool, and adds something new to this guy. It’s also easily removable, should you just want a basic Death Trooper, which makes him really great for army building. The paint on this guy is pretty straight forward; for the most part, he’s just molded in black, but there’s some slight detailing here and there to help break things up a bit. The application is all pretty clean, and he looks like he does in the movie. The Death Trooper includes his standard larger blaster, as well as the smaller blaster pistol we saw with the larger Black Series figure as well. Both are pretty well sculpted pieces, though he does have a little trouble holding the rifle (though it’s nowhere near as bad as the First Order Stormtrooper from Series 2).
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
As I noted in my reviews of Jyn and Cassian, when I didn’t find any of these guys back in December/January, I had resigned myself to never getting them. When I found the other two, I still resigned myself to never getting either of the troopers, since the army builders would have no doubt cleaned out all of the supplies long ago. But, while in Seattle with Super Awesome Girlfriend and her family, I found this guy at one of the nearby Walmarts. He’s pretty cool, and like the other two, I think he’s the best version of the character out there. Now, if I could just find the Shoretrooper….