STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“Hulking Imperial combat droids with gleaming black armor and powerful jet boots, the Dark Troopers are a powerful design.”
When last I reviewed a Dark Trooper figure, back in February of 2021, the concept had finally made it live action, courtesy of The Mandalorian‘s second season, which saw them serve as the muscle to Moff Gideon going into the show’s season finale. It’s been almost two years, but I’m finally following up that review of the Expanded Universe version with a look at a proper show version. That’s just crazy, isn’t it? Well, at least we’re finally here. So, without any further waiting, here’s another Dark Trooper figure!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Dark Trooper is the 28th figure in the Mandalorian sub-line of Star Wars: The Black Series‘s Phase IV incarnation. This figure is another deluxe-sized release, the sixth within this particular sub-set. As with all prior deluxes, he’s shipped on his own, which is honestly pretty solid for the purposes of army building and the like. The figure stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 33 points of articulation. The Dark Trooper sports his own unique articulation scheme, removed a bit from other Black Series figures, barring really only K-2. It’s generally a pretty good set-up, though I did find the butterfly shoulders a little spongey on my copy, and his knees can’t get a full 90 degree bend. Other than that, though, there’s a good movement set-up. The Dark Trooper’s sculpt is an all-new offering, and it’s mostly really good. The overall appearance is a good recreation of the design as seen on the show, and it works well with the articulation scheme, making it all look really slick and sleek. The only thing I’m not crazy about is the torso; rather than a solid sculpt, he’s got a sleeve over the torso for his upper armor. While I don’t totally hate the concept, since it allows for a little more depth, the fact that it’s a softer plastic and it’s also a free-floating piece makes the figure as a whole feel a little less solid than he should. It does at least look the part, though, and I’m not worried that it’s going to fall apart or anything. The figure’s color work is on one hand very basic, but on the other exactly what it needs to be. He’s predominately molded black plastic, albeit with that super shiny finish that all the Dark Troopers sported in the show. There are a few little spots of accenting, which give him just a little bit more pop, and the application is generally pretty cleanly handled. The Dark Trooper is packed with two sets of hands (gripping and fists), a rifle, and two blast effects pieces. The blast effects without any sort of flight stand do seem a bit superfluous, but they’re better than getting nothing at all, and do at least help to disarm the sting of the higher price-point on this guy.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
The Dark Troopers are a fun concept that combines Stormtroopers and droids, so it’s one I’ve always been able to get behind. I was excited when the show first hinted at them, and even more so when they actually showed up in the show proper. I knew the figures were a lock, so it was just the waiting game at that point. Now the wait’s finally over, and the final figure’s not perfect, but he’s still really, really cool. It’s a great starter version of the figure, but I’d love to see maybe some damaged variants or even one with the charging station at some point in the future.
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