IMPERIAL PATROL TROOPER
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“As the Empire reinforces its hold on worlds across the galaxy, local defense forces are being supplemented – and eventually completely replaced – with Imperial Stormtroopers. To cover distances across sprawling settlements and cities, Patrol Stormtroopers police the streets and alleys aboard swift interceptor speeder bikes.”
Hands down my favorite Trooper design in all of Star Wars is Return of the Jedi’s Scout Trooper. I’m not alone in this, and the designers behind the various movies and cartoons and the like have made a pretty steady go at calling back to that particular design as we’ve trekked on through the franchise. Oh, wait, wrong “Star” franchise. As we’ve warred on through the franchise. There, that’s better. Anyway, the latest call back to the Scout Trooper is Solo’s Imperial Patrol Trooper, who is essentially the galaxy far, far away’s equivalent of a motorcycle patrol cop. The design found its way into the Titan Heroes line pretty quickly, but there’s been more of a wait for the two more conventional styles. I snagged the big trooper boxed set from the smaller line a few months back, and now I’ve got the Black Series release!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Imperial Patrol Trooper is figure 72 in the Black Series line-up, placing him right after Val from yesterday. He is, unsurprisingly, from the same assortment, and started showing up at retail in the last month or so. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 29 points of articulation. The articulation on this guy is some of the best we’ve seen in the line, and I’d certainly say it’s the best we’ve seen on any of the troopers. What’s most impressive about the articulation and its mobility is just how little compromising they’ve done with the integrity of the sculpt. At first glance, I was really expecting this figure’s posabilty to be another First Order Trooper situation, where he looked quite nice, but struggled with anything but basic poses. I was pleasantly surprised to say the least. Like his basic line counterpart, the Patrol Trooper’s sculpt is a very strong offering. It’s clean, the details are sharply defined, and it matches up very well with the movie design. The figure really emphasizes how slick this design really looks, just as a whole. If there’s one slight down tick on this figure, it’s the paintwork. There are some fuzzy edges on the transitions from white to black, which were giving me some flashbacks to the First Order Trooper. That being said, those issues are rather minor in the grand scheme of the figure, and it’s hardly the worst we’ve seen in this line. Just not quite as good as recent offerings. There are still plenty of touches that really help the figure, such as the very dark, metallic green for the visor. Like his smaller counterpart, the Patrol Trooper includes a small Biker Scout-esque blaster pistol, as well as a removable police baton on his belt. Both pieces can be easily held by the figure or safely stowed on his belt, by which I was very impressed.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Of all the upcoming Black Series figures, this one was very near the top of my want list. I’ve loved this design since the moment I saw it, and I’ve been patiently awaiting his release. I actually saw him at retail twice before getting him as a Christmas gift (Super Awesome Fiancee played the fact that she was getting him for me very close to the vest), but I managed to hold out. Yay for me. While there are some quite minor flaws, I am very, very happy with this figure. Of course, now I kinda want a Patrol Bike to go with him. Damn you Hasbro!