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. Crosshair is the team sniper who displays superior accuracy.”
The Bad Batch is, admittedly, a team primarily built out of action movie team archetypes. Hunter’s the team’s leader guy, specializing in…uhh…leading? So, he’s got that role covered. But where would the team be without some sort of of dark loner guy who keeps to himself and snipes from afar? Fear not, they’ve got Crosshair for this role. He’s dark! He’s a loner! He snipes! What more could you want? Hopefully it’s action figures, because that’s what we’ve got here.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Crosshair is the second figure in the Bad Batch-sub-line of Star Wars: The Black Series‘s Phase IV run. He’s another figure in the fourth assortment of the line, and the second of the three Bad Batch figures included therein. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 27 points of articulation. Crosshair’s articulation scheme is the same as Hunter’s, largely because he’s built from a bunch of the same parts. It’s sensible, since they do have a lot of the same elements in the show, and, unsurprisingly, have the same build. He does get a new head, helmet, shoulder pads, upper torso, and bandolier/belt overlay pieces in order to set him apart, as well as ditching Hunter’s more character-specific under-arm knife (though there’s still a hole in his forearm where the sheath plugged in on Hunter). Hunter’s sculpt was pretty decent, but I like Crosshair’s even more; I think it’s partially just that his design translates to toy form a little bit better, but it also feels like they had just a little more fun putting him together. His new upper torso gets its own slightly tweaked wear and tear, and his un-helmeted head has that slightly Clint Eastwood-ian look that goes well with the character. His hair’s been slightly changed up in the transition to a more real-world set up, presumably because his animation style hair just looked a bit too silly on a real face. The helmet again sits nicely atop the head, but unlike with Hunter, I do find myself actively preferring the helmeted appearance on this one. His helmet’s even got a moving range-finder, which is definitely cool. Crosshair’s paint work is pretty much on par with Hunter’s. It’s not bad from a basic stand point (although he’s missing his little painted crosshair over his helmet’s visor, which is a shame), but it does lack in the way of weathering or any major accenting. It would definitely help these sculpts to stand out a little bit more. As it stands, he still looks okay, but it’s not much to write home about. Crosshair’s accessory selection is pretty solid, as he gets his own back pack, his sniper rifle, and a small blaster pistol. Unlike Hunter, he’s actually got storage for all of his weaponry, with the rifle breaking into two pieces for stowage on his back, and the blaster fitting into the holster on his belt. Definitely a nice set-up.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Hunter’s kind of the blandest member of the Batch, so while he was pretty cool, he lacks a lot of that flair that the others have. Crosshair is our first real taste of that more individualized set-up, and I think it does the figure a lot of favors. From a purely technical standpoint, both figures are well executed, but Crosshair’s definitely a little more fun, and certainly my favorite of the two. I look forward to seeing the show, and I certainly look forward to getting the rest of the Batch.
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