STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“Tech is the computer and weapons specialist, the most talkative of the group. His genetically enhanced brain can puzzle through technical issues at speeds even faster than some droids.”
Remember all the way back in April, when I took a look at the first two members of the titular team of clones from The Bad Batch? Well, hey, like 10 months later, I finally have another one of them to talk about! Shway! In my review of the team’s second member, Crosshair, I discussed how the team members all really fall back on classic action movie team archetypes. Hunter is the fearless leader, Crosshair is the cold marksman, and today’s focus, Tech, is the resident smart guy. Go smart guy, go!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Tech is figure 04 in the Bad Batch sub-line of Hasbro’s Star Wars: The Black Series‘s Phase IV incarnation. He’s the third member of the actual team in this set, and the second to last of the initial line-up for the crew. The figure stands just over 6 inches tall and he has 29 points of articulation. While the other two members of the team shared a good number of parts with each other, Tech’s more removed, more Scout Trooper-inspired design means that he actually gets an entirely new sculpt. Thus far, it’s my favorite of the three team sculpts I’ve looked at. While Hunter and Crosshair stuck a little closer to the actual animation design, Tech does a better job of sort of hybridizing things, meaning he retains all of his distinctive elements from the show, while still really fitting right in with the rest of the standard-release figures. The only part I’m not crazy about is how they’ve worked the knee joints into the sculpt; I feel like they’re too low on the leg when he’s posed. Beyond that, it’s all really strong. There’s a ton of detail work going into his costume elements, and whole bunch of depth to the sculpt. A number of the armored pieces are separate overlays, adding to this depth quite nicely. As with the others, Tech features a removable helmet. It follows the show design quite well, and even includes a posable visor, which is fun. Under the helmet, there’s a head that looks remarkably like Phil Collins, if I’m honest. He’s not sporting his signature glasses from the show, but that’s honestly one of those in-show cheats, since he wouldn’t be able to have them under the helmet anyway. Tech’s paint work is a pretty decent set-up, improving on the other two a bit. There’s just a lot more going on with the layout of the color work here, and it gives him a lot more to work with. The underlying head gets the printed technique, which looks good on the sculpt. Tech is packed with a small blaster, three different tools, and a back pack. The blaster’s standard issue, and doesn’t actually have a spot for storage, but I’d rather have it than not. The tools can all be stashed on his belt, where they stay nice and secure. The back pack is a little loose when plugged into the back, but otherwise it’s a cool piece.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Of the core Bad Batch team, Tech was definitely the one I was looking forward to the most. I just really like his design, and I was looking forward to seeing it in toy form. It was a long wait to get him, but I’m really happy with the end result. Definitely my favorite of the team so far, and just generally one of the best Black Series figures of the more recent offerings.
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