BISTAN & SHORETROOPER CAPTAIN
STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE (HASBRO)
“Relishing the thrill of action, Bistan fights to ensure the freedom of fellow Iakaru, taking on enemies like Imperial stormtroopers. Specialist stormtroopers stationed at the top secret Imperial military headquarters on Scarif, Shoretroopers patrol the beaches and bunkers of the planetary facility.”
Alright, let’s get ready to jump back in time! I mean, not a lot, to be honest. And in fact, it’s not even as much as I frequently jump back, given that over the weekend I jumped back 15 and 35 years respectively. This time, it’s just a little three year jump, back to the day’s of Rogue One, before Star Wars officially ended for the, what was it, fourth time? Man, that thing keeps meeting its end, huh? I actually looked at a fairly large portion of the Rogue One line while it was coming out, but there were a few pieces that I missed. One in particular was today’s offering, covering one of the Rebel aliens and another variant of one of my favorite Trooper variants, the Shoretroopers.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Bistan and the Shoretrooper Captain were originally slated for release in the third wave of Battle Packs for the Rogue One line, which was to hit retail in early 2017. Unfortunately, retail support for the line fell-out on the back end, and this pack wound up without a home for its release. Fortunately, Entertainment Earth picked it up as an exclusive at the end of 2017, alongside the similarly orphaned Fenn Rau.
Bistan is one of the more minor Rebels from Rogue One, only showing up during the run on Scarif at the climax of the film, and not even getting a name or any on-screen dialogue. He’s most memorable as being seen hanging out of one the U-Wings that arrives with the reinforcements, manning a rather large gun. He was one of the aliens shown off somewhat prominently in the marketing despite his smaller role, so his inclusion as a toy made a lot of sense. The figure stands 3 1/2 inches tall and he has 5 points of articulation. Obviously, we’re going back into the basic line here, so the articulation’s pretty limited by design, but this guy actually does manage to be impressive within that context. The neck joint has a really nice range on it, and makes for some expressive posing, to some degree at least. The detailing on the sculpt is pretty top-notch. There’s a lot going on here, and he replicates the design of the creature from the movie quite nicely, as well as having some impressive detailing on his jumpsuit and gear. The paint work on Bistan is on the drab side, fitting with the rest of the movie’s cast, really, but the application’s all pretty clean, and he again looks the part of the character from the film. Bistan is packed with a big ol’ missile launcher thing to mount on his shoulder, with two missiles to shoot as well, and a smaller, more film accurate blaster. I don’t know that I really missed those launchers, but I had certainly forgotten how prominent they were.
The Shoretroopers or Scarif Troopers, or whatever the official branding is going with today, were one of my very favorite parts of Rogue One. The film sports three notable rankings of them, and we got both the standard trooper and the squad commander in both the basic line and Black Series, but the Captain, the rank above those two, got substantially less toy love. This one here marked its only domestic release. It’s extra sad for me, because it was honestly my favorite of the three variants. This figure is a little over 3 3/4 inches tall and has 5 points of articulation. Structurally, he’s the exact same figure as the basic Shoretrooper, which is sensible, since the two are wearing the same armor. It was also just a pretty solid sculpt, so a re-use is really an alright thing by me. The big change-up occurs with the paint, as the Captains have a slightly more involved color scheme than the rank and file guys. There’s a whole lot more blue on this guy, with far more detailing on the chest and left arm. It’s a good, eye-catching look, and one that translates well. Additionally, the application on this figure seems a little sharper than other Rogue One troopers, which I certainly was happy to see. The Captain is packed with the same E-22 heavy blaster rifle as the other two Shoretroopers.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I was pretty closely following the Rogue One line when it was hitting stores, and I was definitely excited for this set, but after it got shelved and then moved, I honestly just lost track of it. It’s one of those items I kept meaning to track down for myself, but I just never got around to it. Fortunately for me, I didn’t have to! This pair was another gift from Cheyenne and her parents, who decided to be far too kind to me this year and give me a nice little handful of gifts. I’ve wanted this set for a while, and maybe it’s not the most showy or technically impressive pairing, but they’re certainly fun, and I’m just glad to finally have them.