STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“The Bad Batch, technically known as Clone Force 99, is the result of Kaminoan experiments to create specialist clone commandos. Hunter, their leader, is a strong and stoic soldier.”
The Bad Batch, an elite squat of slightly defective clones, made their first appearance in what was originally one of a handful of unfinished episodes of The Clone Wars following its <second> cancellation. When Disney+ renewed the show for one last season, the Batch’s introductory episode was expanded into the full planned arc, and the characters were well received enough to gain a further follow-up, this time in the form of their own dedicated series, which will be premiering next week for May 4th. In an effort to tie-in, Hasbro’s doing the whole squad in Black Series form. I’m starting things off, appropriately, with the team’s leader,
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Hunter is the first figure in the Bad Batch-based sub-set of Black Series Phase IV, and is part of the fourth Black Series assortment since the re-work. He’s the first of the three Bad Batch figures in this particular round. The figure stands just over 6 inches all and he has 27 points of articulation. Hunter’s articulation scheme is very much the same as that of the recently re-vamped Clone Trooper figure, which is rather fitting, and also a solid basis for articulation, since that figure moved pretty well. His sculpt is largely a new piece (though a fair bit of it is shared with his assortment-mate Crosshair), but he does share his feet with the standard Clone trooper. Otherwise, it’s new, and it’s pretty strong. I did notice that his armor design does stay a little closer to the animation styling that other Clone Wars clones, but with no real-word-equivalent armor design for him, I guess that’s kind of a little more expected. There are at least some extra smaller details added throughout the armor, in order to make it a little more lived-in, so he’s got some scratches and such worked in. The design is a little stubborn in figure form in a few spots, especially on the shoulders, I found. That said, I do think it’s generally a nice piece, and I was impressed by how the removable helmet worked out in particular. Given Hunter’s longer hair, I was expecting it to be a much tighter fit, and for the helmet to end up making him look a lot more bobble-headed than it does. I think I do still slightly prefer him un-helmeted, but both ways work out alright. Hunter’s paint work isn’t bad, but it’s a bit of a mix, really. The underlying face has the printing technique, which looks good, and the customized look on his helmet is impressive, but it does feel like he’d be a little more impressive with some additional accenting to bring out the sculpted details. As it is, it still looks okay, but it could be better. Hunter is packed with his customized larger blaster, as well as one of the standard smaller blasters, a knife, and a back pack. It’s a shame that there’s no storage for either blaster, but it’s a minor complaint. Getting extras is always cool.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
The Bad Batch are a cool enough concept, and certainly one that seemed to be begging for toys. I’m glad they finally got something, and Hunter’s a good starting point for the line. He pretty much gives a slight taste of all of the elements we’ll see with the others from the squad. The paint detailing could maybe stepped up a notch, but otherwise he’s a pretty solid offering, and on par with the new Troopers they’ve been putting out recently.
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