STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“Sergeant Kreel, formerly undercover Agent 5241, serves as the leader of an elite group of SCAR troopers, Task Force 99, under the direct command of Darth Vader.”
Hey, remember last year when Hasbro was all like “let’s do some comic-based Black Series figures?” Well, this year they were all like “let’s do that again”, so here we are. When Disney purchased Star Wars and moved the comics line over to Marvel, the first thing they did was launch an on-going book, simply titled Star Wars, set between A New Hope and Empire. The book explored a number of concepts, including giving the Imperial side a squad of elite Stormtroopers, who have since been retconned into being the Imperial answer to The Bad Batch. Leading the squad was Sergeant Kreel, a really souped up Trooper that is the subject of today’s review!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Sergeant Kreel is one of the four figures that make up the second round of comics-based Star Wars: The Black Series figures. Like the first round, they all ship on their own, though, so they’re not actually all hitting at once. Kreel is the first of this round to turn up at retail, at least around me. The figure stands about 6 inches tall and he has 29 points of articulation. Kreel is largely built out of the updated Stormtrooper mold, with a new upper torso, new add-ons for the pouches on the arm and leg, a modified belt piece, and the shoulder pauldron from the First Order officer. The updated Stormtrooper is a really strong mold, so it’s a pretty great starting point for a figure. While Kreel was at times depicted as larger in build, in Issue #60, which is the one this guy is explicitly based one, he’s more standard trooper size, so this one is consistent, and it’s honestly in line with Hasbro’s trend of going a little more real world with the looks for these comics figures. The new pieces work well with the old, and with the torso giving him a far sleeker look. The pouches help to differentiate him a little further, and I like the more utilitarian nature behind them. The figure’s color scheme is largely just the usual black and white, with a splash of color for the arm display and the pauldron. The application is all pretty cleanly applied, and he looks pretty sharp. Kreel is packed with the standard Stormtrooper blaster, as well as a lightsaber, which is re-used from one of the ones included with General Grievous, though with the hilt and blade colors changed up. Kudos to Hasbro for, you know, actually giving this one an extra accessory in addition to the original release of the mold.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I didn’t follow the Marvel run particularly religiously or anything, so I didn’t actually read any of Kreel’s appearances first-hand. That said, I really liked this guy’s design, and I like a cool trooper variant, so I was on-board for this guy pretty much from the start. In hand, he’s a lot of fun. The original mold is still a really good one, and the changes made here just add to it. He’s just really cool, and that’s kind of the most important thing to a Star Wars toy, right?
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