DEATH STAR TROOPER
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“Death Star Troopers were the elite of the Imperial Navy who were stationed aboard the first and second Death Star. They were responsible for piloting the super-structure to its destinations and firing the super laser on the orders of those in command of the station. They wore black uniforms and flared, reflective helmets.”
Remember when I reviewed the Power of the Force Death Star Trooper? If yes, then good, because that means you know the guy I’m reviewing here. If not, then you should maybe click on that link. Back? Great, now you know the guy I’m reviewing here. He’s not really super pivotal to the movie or anything, but he’s got a nifty little history in terms of toys. Okay, let’s have a look at his Black Series release, because what else is there to do these days?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Death Star Trooper was initially released under his vintage “Death Squad Commander” monicker on a vintage-style card for the 40th Anniversary of A New Hope. He was then subsequently re-issued two years later as figure 60 in the main Black Series line-up. He hit shelves alongside the the first wave of Solo product, as well as the similarly re-issued Jawa and the similarly-themed Tarkin. The figure stands just shy of 6 inches tall and he has 27 points of articulation. By virtue of being a re-issue from earlier in the line, the Trooper’s articulation isn’t quite as impressive as Han and Lando from the same assortment, but it’s still pretty usable in terms of the sorts of poses this guy might need to pull off. The sculpt is a pretty solid recreation of the look we see on screen. Like the Rebel Trooper than would follow later in the line, the helmet is a removable piece. It doesn’t stay in place quite as well, due I’d say to its more flared design. The head under the helmet isn’t quite as directly based on one actor the way the Rebel was, and looks to be an amalgam of the handful of actors we see in the role on screen. He’s definitely got some of Joe Johnston’s features, so it’s possible they intended this as a more direct reference, but they’re all kind of generic-looking. It’s a suitable head for the purposes of this figure to be sure, since you can get away with having a few of them on the shelf without it looking too much like a bunch of clones. The paint work is a distinguishing feature of this release, since between the original and the re-issue, the line had introduced the face printing as a standard feature. That means his head is particularly life-like, and a noticeable step-up from the original release. The Death Star Trooper includes a blaster pistol, which he can hold or store in his holster at his side.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
The 40th figures hit at a period when I was without the funds for quite as much collecting, so I didn’t track that one down, despite being at least a little bit interested. By the time the regular release hit, I was more focused on others in the set, so I again ended up passing. I ended up getting him back in late 2018 during one of Cosmic Comix’s sales. He’s sat unopened on my shelf since then, but, hey, he’s been opened now! Honestly, he’s a pretty okay figure. Certainly not as goofy as the PotF figure.