STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“Star Wars: Battlefront II lets players call in reinforcements from the most skilled soldiers and units in the galaxy, including the aerial specialist Jet troopers.”
First appearing in a very bit appearance in the background of one shot of the fifth season Clone Wars episode “Sabotage,” the 501st Jet Trooper’s rather unique design was set to get a mass release figure as part of Hasbro’s main Clone Wars line in 2013, as part of the wider Star Wars line re-launch that was to go along with the 3D re-release of Attack of the Clones. When Phantom Menace’s 3D re-release went over worse than Phantom Menace‘s original release, the AotC re-release was scrapped, and the domestic release of the toys to accompany was cancelled. The nine Clone Wars figures included wound up with only an international release, which was kind of a shame. The design wound up brushed off for a few other projects, including Battlefront II, which finally got the Jet Trooper another chance at a figure…albeit an exclusive one. Eh, you win some, you lose some.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Jet Trooper is a Gamestop-exclusive Star Wars: The Black Series release, as part of their larger “Gaming Greats” sub-line. He’s #6 in the sub-line. The figure stands just over 6 inches tall and he has 29 points of articulation. In what is just a confusing sequence of parts creation and selection at this point, the Jet Trooper is largely *not* built from the updated Clone body we got at the start of Phase IV. He gets the new head/helmet, but that’s it. Below the neck, he’s using a variation on the Captain Rex tooling. It’s not a bad selection of parts, and now it’s been almost completely reverse engineered into a standard Clone body. The question just remains: why? Why, after introducing the new body, are we still getting a combination of parts from three distinctly different Clone base bodies, interwoven with each other? Like, maybe just pick one and stick with it? Ultimately, it doesn’t impact this guy too badly, since, as I said, the Rex tooling is still pretty solid. The leg movement is kind of stiff, but otherwise it works okay. The torso’s been modified to add a port for the jetpack, so that works out well. The Jet Trooper’s paint scheme is fun, bright, and fairly unique, and the application is nice and clean. It’s definitely the best thing about the figure, and it really works out well. The Jet Trooper is packed with his jetpack (borrowed from Jango Fett), and a small blaster pistol.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I quite like this design. I quite like Clones in general, and this one just really works. It’s a cool, nifty look, begging for good toy treatment. It’s a shame that there are so many barriers to entry on the first figure, and I wasn’t thrilled about the Gamestop-exclusiveness on this one. Fortunately for me, I was able to get one via a convenient trade-in at All Time. That sure was easy. He’s a really fun figure of a really fun design, and I’m glad to have added him to the collection.
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One word to describe both Troopers and that’s WOW.
They both look awesome. FYI Justin I too loved The Rise of Skywalker. I’ve been there since the original release of Star Wars in ’77. Wagged School to go sees it. Oops showing my age.
Great review, great figures.
Wow, those sith troopers look insane together. Never been big on the sequel trilogy troopers, but these 2…I might have to buy them. Great review putting both figures in 1.