STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“An elite squadron within the Imperial ranks, jump troopers (also known as rocket troopers) were outfitted with jetpacks and utilized in tight spaces. They were trained to act in unison, often swarming and overwhelming their targets.”
Since the standard Imperial Stormtroopers first graced the screen back in 1977, we’ve been getting a steady stream of variants on the concept, be they Sandtroopers, Snowtroopers, Scout Troopers, etc. There have been a few recurring concepts among the non-movie variants. A popular one is the Jumptrooper, which has found its way into comics, video games, and, most recently, Star Wars: Rebels. And now, it’s gotten a new figure, courtesy of Hasbro’s Star Wars: The Black Series.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Jumptrooper is a GameStop-exclusive offering from the Black Series line, released in the last couple of months. The Jumptrooper is based on his Rebels appearance, specifically the commanding officer of the squad, as denoted by the colored shoulderpad. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 29 points of articulation. The Jumptrooper re-uses a lot of parts from the standard Stormtrooper figure, which is pretty sensible, given that the designs are pretty similar. It’s also a pretty solid sculpt in its own right, and certainly a nice starting point. He has a new helmet, backpack, and shoulder pads, which match well with the pre-existing parts, and also match up well with his design from the show (albeit modified for a more real-world appearance). Most importantly, though, they set him nicely apart from the standard trooper. I really dig the changes they’ve made, because he’s just a super sleek looking figure. The colorwork on the Jumptrooper is subtle, but pretty impressive. The glossier finish of the armor looks nicer than the matte finish of the original, as do the additional accenting details that the original lacked on the belt and boots. Throw in a little extra splash of color, and you’ve got a figure that pops nicely on the shelf. The Jumptrooper is packed with a standard E-11 Stormtrooper blaster and a brand-new style of display stand. The stand’s not quite as conventional as I’d hoped for, but it can make for some decent running poses once you get it properly seated.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
As soon as the Jumptrooper was unveiled, I knew I wanted one. Something about the design just immediately jumped out at me (heh), so when I found out he was a GameStop exclusive, it was Super Awesome Fiancee to the rescue! She was kind enough to pre-order this guy through her work for me, thereby making his acquisition fairly painless. I’m very happy with the final figure. He’s definitely one of my favorite troopers.