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Tie Striker – Star Wars – Rogue One (3 3/4 scale)

The Tie Striker. There were a lot of new vessels introduced in Rogue One. One of them was this alternate version of the Tie Fighter. It is always an interesting gable to throw a new vehicle into a world that already has a long history. Why didn’t we see Tie Strikers and U-Wings during other movies. Well, they were created after the other movies, but take place before. Like the Death Troopers, you have to have a good story to go along with it. Basically the Galactic War takes place over an entire galaxy, and the places that have these vehicles were not visited… or something along those lines.  Over the years, Hasbro has come out with some amazing Tie Fighter variations. We have had Tie Bombers, Tie Fighters, Tie Interceptors, and the Tie X1. And now the Tie Striker.

This version comes with very long wings. It is nearly as long as Hasbro’s U-Wing, which is impressive on its own. There are 5 main parts to put together. The top part has an opening canopy. The bottom has the NERF cannon. Then there are two wings that are a bit tricky to get in place, but not too bad.

The Tie comes with a pilot. He is a very standard 5POA figure. He does come with an E-11 blaster.

Just like the First Order Tie Fighter, this one has a place in the canopy to hold the blaster. That way it is not bouncing around in there when the ship is flown around.

The wings are locked in the up position for landing. There is a bit of a forward slope to the wings while it is on the ground.

From the top the wing design is unique, but not too dissimilar from the standard Tie variation, so it still fits into the universe.

With a press of a button, the wings fall down into attack mode. Apparently this helps the fighter to fly faster.

From the front, you can see the increased fire power. Yes, there is a NERF cannon down there, but that is of no concern. What is interesting is the second set of cannons below the first. This fighter is ready for battle with 4 cannons instead of two.

From the back, you can see the button on top for dropping the wings. There are holders under the wings for up to 4 NERF darts. The fighter only comes with two.

Overall this is a great model of a Tie Striker. It is big and fun to swoop around. There is a lot of playability with the wings flapping up and down as the flyer sees fit. The NERF guns work well, and the darts fly far, for some added playability. To me, the NERF parts detract from the overall appeal of the toy. It isn’t too bad on this one, like the giant blob hanging off of Hera Syndulla’s A-Wing from the Rebels TV show. I am hoping for a passing phase on this as we get closer to the next Star Wars film coming out, which means the potential for some new vessels.

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U-Wing – Star Wars: Rogue One – 3 3/4 inch scale ship

Let’s take a look at something from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

The U-Wing. A starfighter that doubles as a troop transport. It saw a good piece of action in Rogue One. It is too bad it was created so recently, as it could have been very useful in the original trilogy that followed Rogue One. There are a bunch of cool things we saw in Rogue One that didn’t carry over to the original trilogy, but that is to be expected. Today we are going to look at the ship.

It comes in a good sized box. I was surprised to see so much room left in the box. The biggest complaint I saw was how relatively small the body actually is. It seems that they could have gone 10-20% larger and still stayed inside the box.

There are a lot of parts in the box. The body, Cassian with a gun, two super long wings, four engines, and 2 NERF darts. If you read my A-Wing review, you will know I have no love of the NERF gimmick. At least this time around, the blaster can be tucked up in the body, so it isn’t so blatantly annoying, like it is with the A-Wing.

First let’s look at Cassian. It is a typical figure we see in this modern, but not Golden Age of Star Wars. It should be the Golden Age, with figures that have good articulation. But no, somewhere along the line, Hasbro went backwards from the Clone Era where we got super articulation, to going back to 5 points. Ugh.

Well, he is very static with such a small amount of articulation, but I am not terribly worried about it, since I am really only interested in the ship. My figure focus is in The Black Series with the 6 inch figures. He comes with his blaster, and a holster on his hip for carrying his gun.

He comes with a seatbelt. HAHA!!!

Onto the ship. Let’s put Cassian in the…wait a minute. What is this cockpit they have him going into? The cockpit in the movie is big enough for two people and extra space for moving around. This one has room for one pilot and that is about it. This is where the smaller size comes into play, and there are plenty of people bummed about it.

Moving on to the outside of the ship. It has those great engines that connect the U-Wing to the X-Wing in design and function. That was a great touch. It has the fat belly, but it is a bit on the slim side for allowing soldiers to jump out of the door that is way too small.

Other than the size problem, this is a really nice ship. The details are really well done, from the mold lines, to the paint. It does look a little too clean, and could go a long way with a bit of weathering, which I will probably get around to one of these days. There are four landing struts that are moved down by hand. Two are under the body, and two are in the bottom engines. Having four struts really makes a strong platform for the ship to settle onto terra firma.

The biggest excitement for this vehicle when it was premiered in the trailers was the swept wing that stick out way in front, and then sweep back to make the ship very long. It totally changes the look of the ship. If you look at the bottom, you can see the NERF blaster sticking out. It is dark in color, and slides up and down easily. Thankfully it is out of the way for the most part.

Taking a look at the top of the ship, you can see the lever that gets pulled to make the wings sweep back.

Overall, this is a really nice ship. There are issues with size, and adding an unnecessary NERF blaster to the bottom, but those are fairly minor, and the design of the ship is very appealing, and fun to play with. It is big and has moving parts. Can’t ask for much more than that.


Scarif Trooper – Star Wars The Black Series – Rogue One (Walmart Exclusive)

I got done with my look at the new Target Exclusive AT-ACT Driver, and realized that I had never looked at the Scarif Trooper. What an oversight on my part. I had looked at the initial release of the Squad Leader that saw general release, but the troop builder figure only saw release at Walmart. That is a pretty strange way to go about selling toys, but whatever. I don’t make the rules.

Being that finding the exclusives for Walmart are super hard to do, I had ordered them online, since I knew it would be way better to just go that route and not have to travel around to see if I could find any (which I never did).

So my box showed up with 3 troopers (best deal to get free shipping). They are very similar to the Squad leader, but with a different belt that does not have the long blue skirt, but instead has a shorter off-white skirt.

I really like these troopers overall. Their paint apps are random, so they don’t all seem to have the same dirt and scuff marks in the same place. Troop building with these guys is fun.

As of the time of this photo shoot, I had 5 Scarif Troopers, 4 Death Troopers, a Hovertank Driver, and a Stormtrooper. That is a goodly number of troopers, but more than that, it is an interesting looking bunch. If for no other reason, Rogue One expanded the universe of the Troopers, and we have more to look at than just a bunch of shiny white dudes, and an occasional Speeder Bike driver (who I have, but somehow didn’t make it to the shoot. That is definitely my bad on that one).


Imperial AT-ACT Driver – Star Wars The Black Series Target Exclusive

Today we are going to take a look at the newly minted Target Exclusive figure AT-ACT Driver. Now, I am not sure we even saw these guys in Rogue One, since we barely saw the AT-ACT, so this could be totally made up for the toy line. That being said, I am a sucker for action figures in the 6 inch line, and The Black Series figures never disappoint (except for the head sculpts of the women, but Hasbro is working on it).

This guy looks very familiar, and he should. He is made up of the two previously introduced new Troopers to the Star Wars Universe for the Rogue One movie. Most of the parts are Scariff Trooper parts with a bit of Hovertank Pilot thrown in. Since those two figures share most of the parts anyway, it is not too big of a surprise to see them being used again.

What I am surprised about is that Rogue One takes place basically right at the beginning of A New Hope. The time runs quickly in A New Hope, and both movies are considered year 0 B.B.Y. (Before the Battle of Yavin). Therefore, it is 3 years before we see the first of the AT-AT Imperial Walkers. Along with that, in the Rebels series, we see AT-ATs in Season 1, Episode 10 (A Princess on Lothal), which takes place 3 years BBY, and we actually see the drivers. They are wearing the suit and helmet of the later AT-AT drivers. It seems unlikely that the AT-AT and the AT-ACT would be different enough to constitute a completely different outfit and helmet. More likely, they would wear the same outfit.

But, you know how it goes. There are 40th anniversary figures coming out, and everybody wants a piece of the giant Star Wars pie. So, Target gets their special exclusive, and it happens to be a driver we never saw. That isn’t totally a bad thing. The figure is well made. He is another Trooper that fits in with the rest of the Rogue One line, and deepens the ranks for the collectors and photographers.

He is similar to the Scariff Trooper and the Hovertank Pilot, but not similar enough that he should be skipped. The coloring is really well done with white armor, that neither of the other two have. He has red markings that are unique to him.

Overall, this is not going to be a figure I think a lot of people will want to army build. We will probably never have a 6 inch scale AT-ACT, as the 3 3/4 inch version did not sell well. I am looking forward to see what all we get with the 40th Anniversary line. It will be a fun summer.a


Director Krennic – Star Wars: The Black Series – Rogue One

Director Krennic may not be the most anticipated or fun character to come out of the 6 inch Black Series, but he has a pretty major role in the formation of the Death Star, the main reason Rogue One will be taking place, and the reason for the Rebel Alliance to come together and ultimately create the original trilogy. So, he is pretty important. I am currently reading Catalyst, the novel that leads up to Rogue One, and Krennic is in it a whole lot. We really get a sense of who this guy is, and his motivations behind the Death Star.

In 6 inch scale he is pretty great. He is wearing a white tunic with black pants and a white cape. His outfit is very similar to the Imperial Officer’s outfit, but instead of the drab color, he went with the brighter white and black. And the addition of the cape. Who knows what that is all about? He is pretty egotistical, so it would be no surprise for him to create his own outfit that is more similar to that of the Grand Admiral.

He has really good articulation, as we are used to. The cape comes around the front, which does limit the movement, but I don’t think we are going to see him doing a whole lot of action in the movie.

When you remove the cape, you get full view of the uniform. The tunic is so white and clean, while the black pants stand apart, with their flared thighs.

On Krennic’s belt, he has a holster to hold his other accessory, a small gun. It is very well done. Good details, and a little extra paint applied to the handle.

The cape is actually really well done. I wish it was fabric like we have seen with some other Black Series 6 inch figures. It would have made movement better. Guess that is something for the customizers to work on. There are a lot of details in the cape with some designs stitched in there.

Krennic stands apart from the rest of the Rogue One series so far. We have had a lot of soldiers come our way. Now we get a politician, and a leader for all of the Death Troopers.

The timer is counting down. The movie will be upon us soon.


Star Wars: Rogue One – Target 3-Pack, Jyn Erso, Captain Cassian Andor, Imperial Death Trooper Specialist

Boy is that a dusty box.  I was doing a lot of scratch building for a new diorama, and I didn't see how much stuff was stuck to the box.

Boy is that a dusty box. I was doing a lot of scratch building for a new diorama, and I didn’t see how much stuff was stuck to the box.

Target has been getting some larger packs while other stores are getting single figures as their exclusives. The Target 3-Pack consists of Jyn Erso in her Jedha outfit. The people that went out and got her on Force Friday were not happy when the news came out a few days later that she would be included in this 3-pack with the exact same outfit and gun. Thankfully my Force Friday was more miss than hit, so I didn’t find her, and was happy when the news came that she would be available in the 3-Pack. Along with her is Cassian Andor in his flight jacket. This is different than his first release in his cold-weather gear. He also comes with a very special weapon. Finally in the set comes the Imperial Death Trooper. They forgot to mention on the box that this is the Death Trooper Specialist. Similar to the very loved Sandtrooper, the Specialist comes with a pauldron over their right shoulder, and additional weaponry across the webbing. This version is missing the Long Range Blaster Rifle that we have seen in the previews, but more on that later. For now, let’s bust this pack open and see what have to play with.

Jyn Erso:

Jyn is a fantastic figure. I have seen some problems with the eyes, though mine look up slightly, all three packs at my Target seemed to be okay. She comes in her head scarf. The gun is packed separately, but fits in to the holster on her hip. The holster has a strap to keep the gun securely in place.

The head scarf is removable to show Jyn with a bare head. She has her hair back in a low bun, but with parts hanging down on both sides of her face.

The gun is a nice little thing. It is well painted in black and silver.

For the fans that got her early, they will be a bit erked to have to buy her again to get the other two characters. And they have good reason to be bummed. There are many version of Jyn we could have seen, and I don’t think we are done yet.

Captain Cassian Andor:

This time around, we get Andor in his flight jacket. He matches Jyn with their stripes down the sleeves. The sculpting on this one continues to be great. He is not as heavily padded as he was in his cold-weather gear from the first release, so they had to do a little more work to make the sculpt work. And boy did it. The shirt has an open flap, a little similar to Luke’s shirt flap. He has a low-slung belt holster. A strap goes around his leg to hold it in place. A really good look overall.

Cassian comes with the blaster he came with in the Eadu release, but this time it has a bit of something different going on. There is an extra tab on the back to let you know it does something special. And that special has something to do with the two extra gun parts that come in the box. There is a longer front and a stock for the back.

The parts are better molded than the usual E-11 Blaster Rifles we see every Imperial come with. They are usually a bit soft in the mold. Not this gun though. It is crisp, clean, and well painted. The parts fit snugly together to make a really well done blaster rifle.

This is a great team of Rebels. I am excited to see them on the big screen soon. But that is not all, there is one more guy in this box.

Imperial Death Trooper Specialist:

The Specialist is similar to the first release of the Death Trooper, but it has the pauldron with extra ammo, and grenades attached to the webbing. Is that enough to warrant getting this 3-pack?

 

For those that already got Jyn, I would say it is still worth it. This guy looks different enough from the other Death Trooper. He looks pretty hard core. He comes with the standard modified E-11 blaster rifle and the SE-14 blaster pistol, both molded in grey plastic.

I have already modified my two sets from the Death Troopers I have. I repainted them black and added silver scratches and scrapes as they appear in the movie.

I mentioned before the Long Range Blaster Rifle that the Specialists carry in the movie previews. I went ahead and built my own. I made two, since I figured it would be just as easy as making one, and who knew who was going to have to wield one of these? I made them out of scrap styrene and wire for the piping along the sides.

With the addition of K-2SO, this is a Rebel team that is coming together nicely. I think we are out of Rebels for now. I have some more Imperials coming in soon, and the battle is really going to heat up.


Hovertank Pilot – Star Wars: The Black Series – 6 inch scale – Toys R Us Exclusive

The Hovertank Pilot is just one more of the mass of new Stormtroopers coming out for the lead up to Rogue One. We are getting some really nice looks at the new characters, and the variations of the Stormtrooper are really well done.

The Hovertank Pilot is very similar to the upcoming Shoretrooper. They wear the same armor, with a different helmet. The two sets of troopers are going to be set in two different locations. The Shoretroopers will be on Scarif, while the Hovertank Pilots will be on Jedha.  One of the most deviating items with the new troopers from the original Stormtroopers is the lack of armor on the upper thighs. They are wearing more baggy type pants.

I like the sligthly off-white color of the outfit. Hasbro did a good job of adding some details to make them more used and dirty looking compared to the squeaky clean look we get from the Stormtroopers of ole’ and the super shiny Death Troopers. It is clear that these pilots are used to working hard in dirty places.  The articulation on the figure is pretty good. The new troopers have all lost the double joints in the elbows which is a bit of a shame. The look was a bit more dynamic with the extra bend. It is not a total loss as they probably have some trouble bending too far in their armor, but they will never be able to scratch their noses.

The Hovertank Pilot comes with a standard E-11 Blaster Rifle. It is not a big surprise that they would have a generic rifle that we see across the galaxy with the Stormtroopers. The only other variation I may have expected was a holdout blaster since I doubt a Hovertank Pilot has a lot of need for close combat weapons, unless they were making door to door sweeps, which looks to be quite possible in the small streets of Jedha.

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The Hovertank Pilot instantly made me want to scratchbuild a Hovertank, but how big would that thing be in the 6 inch scale? It would be a massive vehicle to be sure. I will have to wait to see if I can get some better reference material on this one. It could make for a great diorama piece here in the future. Guess I gotta go get me a second Pilot.


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