STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“Like all First Order Stormtroopers, specialized units of Batuu Mountain Troopers are trained from birth, growing up with unit designations instead of names and fed a steady diet of First Order propaganda to ensure absolute loyalty.”
There were no shortage of new Trooper variants introduced into Star Wars with the latest trilogy of films, and as such there’s also been no shortage of Trooper variant toys. I’ve looked at a fair number of them here on the site, be they prominent in the films, or exceedingly minor. What makes today’s particular Trooper different? Near as anyone can tell, today’s focus the Mountain Trooper exists nowhere but in the toys, and only in a very exclusive set of them at that. That’s actually pretty out there for a Star Wars concept, if you can believe it.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Mountain Trooper was originally added to the Black Series line in the Disney Parks-exclusive “The First Order” boxed set with Kylo Ren, Commander Pyre, and a Mouse Droid. Like DJ R3X, he was given an outside of the parks release this year courtesy of Target’s exclusive “Trading Outpost” sub-line. The figure stands about 6 inches tall and he has 27 points of articulation. From a design stand point, there’s a lot of similar lineage here as we saw on the Scarif Troopers, as well as a little bit of Biker Scout thrown in, albeit with all of the elements somewhat updated to the slightly tweaked First Order aesthetic. Ultimately, he ends up feeling like the First Order answer to the Biker Scouts, and I am totally on board with that. Structurally, the figure uses the legs and hands of the Scarif-based troopers as a starting point. Everything else is new, but it definitely all has a similar feel about it as the other Scarif figures in terms of how the construction is set-up. The articulation scheme in particular sticks out as being pretty much the same. This ultimately makes the figure a touch more restricted than some more recent troopers, especially when it comes to the elbow movement. It’s really the only flaw with the figure. Beyond that, the sculpt is a pretty impressive one, with a lot impressive and clean detail work. The figure’s paint work is pretty solid. The base colors are nice and strong, and the application is clean. The figure also takes advantage of the printing technique to give the Trooper some pretty solid looking weathering. The Mountain Trooper is packed with a single accessory: an all-new blaster rifle, which also sports some impressive weathering.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
My love of the Biker Scout and Scarif Trooper designs is no secret, so it’s probably not a terrible surprise that this guy intrigued me as soon as he was shown off. I hadn’t had the opportunity to procure the three pack, for obvious reasons, so when the Trading Outpost figures were announced, I was hopeful to find him. Life’s been pretty jam-packed and hectic for me recently, so a few weeks ago Christian and Cheyenne forced me to take some time for myself and took me to Target to pick up a few things just for me. I just so happened to walk back to the toy aisle right as the Outpost figures were going out, and boom, there this guy was. He’s not anything amazingly special or anything like that, but he’s pretty fun, and I’m glad I was able to get a hold of him.