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Black Series Stormtrooper

June 11, 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo I saw some of them Hasbro Star Wars Black Series stuff. Both the 6″ and 3.75″ stuff. The 3.75″ had Mara Jade, Mace Windu w/ Jango’s severe head and a whole lot of different Stormtroopers. 6″ stuff had Luke, Han and prequel bearded Obiwan.

I assume they’re called Black Series much like Johnnie Walker has stuff like Blue Label or in this case, Black Label. Alcoholism and toy collecting just makes sense y’know? Well, either that or this is just an extremely subliminally racist toyline.

Aaaaaanyway, now that I’ve got my intentionally inappropriate joke out of the way, the point is, I bought the Stormtrooper from the 6″ line. And here be the review o’ it.

Okay, there’s a buncha reasons why I got the Stormtrooper, but here’s what tipped me over the edge. His oversized helmet. The other figures all had regular sized heads, but the Stormtrooper’s was oversized, giving it the appearance of actually wearing a helmet. And I just loved that for some odd reason.

Otherwise, he’s a Stormtrooper. You’ve seen ’em on shelves for years. You’ve seen the movies and the cartoons and so forth. You know what they’re supposed to look like. And this guy looks like a Stormtrooper. If he’s inaccurate in any way, I neither know, notice nor care. I just wanted a Stormtrooper and not some lame Clonetrooper or one with silly patterns over the suit named Commander Chad or Commander Josh or some other stupid name like those.

So he looks good, especially if you’re just a casual like me. Of note is that his back has a hole for plugging things in, though he doesn’t have anything to plug into said hole.

He’s got a pistol and a rifle, and both are extremely well detailed. The pistol also fits in very nicely into this guy’s pleather holster.

Articulation-wise is… well, I’m gonna be honest. I don’t wanna sugarcoat this. The truth of the matter is that due to his character design, he’s very limited in terms of forward motion. He can hardly lift his legs forward because of his thigh guards and he can barely lift his arms up the side because of his shoulder guards.

But other than those, he’s golden. His knees are double jointed, as are his elbows, although the latter will only give you a 95 or so degree bend, which honestly, is enough. He can barely bend his torso forward, but is otherwise very flexible; able to make a full 360 turn with this upper torso and bend his back backwards quite abit. His belt pouch bits don’t get in the way because of the material they’re made from. And in general, he has every point of articulation that you’d want, and probably more.

It’s just that, not to belabor a point, his character design limits forward motion.

Overall, this guy’s really good for what he is. He’s not some super articulated god-tier figure, but for a generi-trooper, he’s great. It’s too bad I’ve only got 1. I pre-ordered the upcoming Mafex Darth Vader, so hopefully I can get at least 1 more Stormtrooper for him to boss around.

Until then, he’ll just have to be bossed around by Zod.

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