INFERNO SQUAD AGENT
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES
“In the wake of the Death Star’s destruction, the Empire created the Inferno Squad to ensure that Imperial secrets would remain safe. Their fierce loyalty to the Empire and exceptional skills in both aerial and ground combat set this squad apart from the rank and file troopers.”
It’s Day 4 of my post-Christmas reviews. Today, I’ll be turning my sites on that galaxy far, far away, and looking at a figure based on the *other* highly divisive Star Wars sequel released this year, Star Wars: Battlefront II. I myself haven’t yet played Battlefront II, but that certainly doesn’t mean I can’t partake in any of the cool figures that have come out of it, right? The game has reintroduced an actual campaign to the gameplay, but rather than playing as the 501st (like in the original Battlefront II), you now play as members of the Inferno Squad. Which apparently translates to TIE Fighter pilots with a little bit of extra detailing. Cool by me.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Inferno Squad Agent is one of three GameStop-exclusive Star Wars: The Black Series offerings from 2017. This one was released to somewhat coincide with the release of the game he’s based on, which seems sensible enough. This figure stands 6 inches tall and has 28 points of articulation. There’s not actually anything new to his sculpt. For the most part, he’s a pretty straight re-hash of the first Black Series TIE Pilot. That was an incredibly strong sculpt the first time around, and it still holds up very well three years later. In place of the original belt, this figure has the spare Stormtrooper belt from Han. It’s a nice, yet simple, way of differentiating him a little bit more from the original release, and matches up with at least a few of the Agents from the game. Paint marks where most of the changes are from the original TIE Pilot. He’s still not crazy different or anything, but different enough to matter. He’s got the same basic detail work as his predecessor, but now he’s also got some extra red accent work to help denote his Inferno Squad status. I found the edges of said accenting to be a little fuzzy on my figure, but I was otherwise pretty happy with them. The bright red contrasts well with the rest of the figure, and helps him stand out when placed next to the original. The Inferno Squad Agent is packed with the standard E-11 blaster. Thankfully, this one continues Hasbro’s trend of including accent work on the accessories, which is a pleasant change from the last TIE Pilot’s straight black blaster.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
This guy came to me courtesy of Super Awesome Girlfriend. She’s been working at GameStop for the last couple of months, and was able to score this exclusive for me for Christmas. He’s not wildly different from the standard TIE Pilot, but I dig the red accents a lot, and I was enough of a fan of the first one that I don’t mind getting a lot of that figure again. A good toy is a good toy.