SITH JET TROOPER
STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION (HASBRO)
What’s a Star Wars movie without some fancy new army builders? …I mean, seriously, what is it? Has there ever been one? I don’t believe so. Unsurprisingly, Rise of Skywalker is following the well-established conventions of the movies and providing us with various assortments of new faceless goons to choose from. Today’s is actually a double header, being not only one of the fancy new all-crimson-clad Sith Troopers, but also being based on a new specialization of trooper, the Jet Trooper. Smash them together and, boom, Sith Jet Trooper!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Sith Jet Trooper is figure VC159 in the Vintage Collection line-up. He’s part of the same six-figure line-up as Poe and Rey, and was one of the Triple-Force Friday launch figures. He is one of two army builders in the assortment, with the other being the Knight of Ren. He’s also one of three variations of the Jet Trooper available at launch, though so far the only one under the Sith Trooper heading. The figure stands 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 28 points of articulation. Compared to Rey, the Jet Trooper’s articulation is a little more practical, and certainly a little more resilient. That said, the hips are still the weak point, and at least on my figure don’t end up adding a ton of posability. On the flip side, I was actually quite impressed by the range of movement on the figure’s neck, so kudos to Hasbro on that. Of all the figures in this assortment, the Jet Trooper’s articulation and design is definitely the best rendered. He’s also got possibly the best sculpt of the bunch. The fully armored appearance is certainly more forgiving to a highly articulated small-scale figure, and honestly they’ve managed to keep the detail work pretty sharp on him, making this the most technically impressive of the launch sculpts. It’s also helped by having one of the more basic and straight forward paint apps for this line-up. It’s really just red and black with just a little touch of yellow, so there’s not a whole lot to possibly mess up here. It’s clean, and definitely striking in appearance. The Jet Trooper is packed with two different styles of rifle, which is certainly nice for mixing things up if you do intend to army build. I also appreciate that one can be holstered on his leg while he holds the other, meaning nothing needs the to be tossed into storage when this guy goes on the shelf.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
My only early morning run Triple Force Friday purchases were Poe and Rey from this line, because I wasn’t sure I was totally on board with the switch over. Then I got into All Time later that day and discovered a shipment had come in there, and that gave me a second chance to think about picking up a few of the figures, with the Jet Trooper at the top of that list. Ultimately, I’m glad I gave him a second thought, because while I still am not completely on board with full time collecting for The Vintage Collection, I do feel like the Jet Trooper is the nicest showing of this bunch.