STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“Incinerator Stormtrooper armor was exceptionally heat-resistant and bore red markings, similar to the shock troopers, in order to indicate their specialty.”
You can’t have a decent selection of Stormtroopers if you don’t let them specialize, now can you? It’s an important part of infrastructure, you guys. I assure you. Don’t underestimate the infrastructure! Flame based troops aren’t a new concept in the Star Wars universe, with Scorch existing in the Clone Wars era, and even the First Order getting in on things with their own brand of Flametroopers. Once a video game-specific EU entry from The Force Unleashed, the Imperial’s own Incinerator Troopers were introduced into the more official side of things in the first season finale for The Mandalorian. This newly canonized take on the concept has subsequently made it’s way into the toy world as well, including some Black Series coverage, which I’ll be taking a look at today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Incinerator Stormtrooper is part of the second assortment of the re-launched Star Wars: The Black Series. He’s figure #3 in the Mandalorian sub-line of figures, and one of the two Mando-specific figures in this particular round. He’s our second show-based army builder, but he shan’t be our last. The figure stands 6 inches tall and has 29 points of articulation. Structurally, the core of this guy is shared with the upgraded standard Stormtrooper from the last series, which is sensible, seeing as he’s a Stormtrooper variant. It helps that it’s also just a rather nice sculpt, so that’s going for it. He gets an all-new overlay piece, featuring his pauldron, his webgear, and his actual flamethrower device. This piece isn’t removable from the figure, and it’s all one part. If I’m honest, it’s my main complaint, because there’s also no storage for the actual flamethrower, leaving him with no real way to set the thing down. It might as well be molded into his right hand grip at that point. That being said, I don’t know that I’d really do anything else with it, so him being forced to hold his weapon isn’t the worst thing in the world. I’d just like to have the option, that’s all. Making the backpack removable would have also been some good future planning, since I’m sure they’ll be looking to give us a Mortar Stormtrooper at some point as well. On the plus side, the whole overlay piece is pretty nicely sculpted, and he holds the weapon well in his right hand (it has to sort of rest atop the left, since there’s not a real grip there). Paint work is pretty key on this guy, since it does a lot of the differentiating. The red is nice and vibrant, and I like that they’ve manufactured some wear around it’s edges, showing that this armor has been in use. All in all, the paint does a pretty great job of setting him apart from the standard, and it makes him look rather eye-catching as well. While the weapon may be mounted to the figure proper, he does still get one extra: a flame effect piece for the front of the weapon. It’s a cool piece, and it slides into place quite securely. Additionally, the back pack gives him enough weight to decently counter balance, which is certainly cool.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve been hoping to see this figure since this guy turned up in the show. I wasn’t expecting him to be on an all-new body at the time, but I’m okay with that as well. He’s a cool looking trooper, and one that I’m glad to have. I do wish he had more built-in display options, but it’s not like he’s inaccurate to what we saw on screen, and it’s not like he’s a bad figure by even the faintest stretch.
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