SCARIF STORMTROOPER SQUAD LEADER
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES
“Specialist stormtroopers stationed at the top-secret Imperial military headquarters on Scarif, Shoretroopers patrol the beaches and bunkers of the planetary facility.”
Though the main Star Wars line has moved onto all of the product from this December’s Last Jedi, I’ve still got a few Rogue One products sitting on my shelf waiting to be reviewed. There was sort of a mass influx of new figures over the summer, and a lot of them had to wait for their slot in the reviewing schedule. None more so than the Rogue One stuff, which got put on hold so that I could focus on TLJ. Now that I’ve got a bit of lull, I can finally get back to some of them. So, after much delay, here’s this Shoretrooper figure!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader is the fourth and final figure from the Rogue One assortment of the Walmart-exclusive small-scale Star Wars: The Black Series line. Of the four, this guy was by far the most difficult to acquire (which is part of why he’s being reviewed four months after the other three), largely due to his status as an army builder. The name on this guy is a little confusing. He’s listed as the “Squad Leader,” which is the name generally associated with the more decorated guy from the two-pack with the Moroff. That name was again used for the more decorated look in the larger Black Series, where the look seen here was listed simply as “Scarif Stormtrooper.” And when this look showed up in the basic line, it was “Shoretrooper.” If I had to guess, I’d say Hasbro may have been initially planning to release the guy from the two-pack, but changed their minds after the packaging was underway. At the end of the day, none of this actually affects the figure, though, so I guess it doesn’t really matter that much. The figure stands a little under 4 inches tall and he has 26 points of articulation. As with the rest of his assortment, the Shoretrooper’s articulation represents a marked improvement over the Force Awakens offerings from the prior year. I’d place this guy on par with Cassian in terms of posabilty. It’s nice that Hasbro put in the effort on these guys, since they’re probably less likely to see new figures going forward. The sculpt on this guy is totally unique to him; no parts shared with any of his less articulated brethren (though I feel certain we’ll be seeing most of this body again for the Vintage Collection Hovertank Pilot). It’s definitely solid work, and on par with the larger version of the same design. The helmet could perhaps be a little sharper, but the detailing on the body is definitely top-notch. The paint on this guy is definitely solid work. All of the base work is pretty clean and the colors match what we see on-screen. Like the larger Shoretroopers, he gets some dirt and grime, to help make his armor look a bit more used. It’s a nice touch, and really adds a lot to the figure. The Shoretrooper is packed with a standard E-11 Stormtrooper blaster. That’s a bit less than the others in this assortment, so he feels a little light, but it’s not terrible.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve been looking for this guy pretty much since they hit back in last December. He and Cassian were definitely my most wanted, but while I was able to find Cassian back in May, this guy eluded me for several more months. I ended up finding him at the Walmart across the street from the apartment I was moving out of back in August. Which, of course, was just in time for Walmart to bring the price on these figure back up to their full $12, rather than the $6 they’d been at all summer. Oh well. At least I got him. Is he the most thrilling figure ever? Perhaps not. I’ve gotten every other Hasbro Shoretrooper, so he’s not particularly different or new, nor does he blow me away the way Cassian did. That being said, he’s still a very good figure, and I’m glad I found one.