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The Black Series Photo Dump

Over on my Flickr account http://www.flickr.com/photos/carnitasfever/  I added a mess of new The Black Series photos.   I have been so focused on other toys in the last year that the 6 inch Star Wars figures have been neglected.   I finally took some time to break these men and women from their plastic and cardboard prisons and set them free on the shelf.  But before they went on the shelf, they went to the sand for a photoshoot.

I figured I would just dump all of them at once, since some of them are old, and most have been reviewed elsewhere a long time ago.

I am really happy with what Hasbro has done, and continues to do with The Black Series.   This was a catch-up matter, so hopefully I will be more on top of things as we go forward with new Black Series figures.  And I know there is some good stuff coming.

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Road Trip Finds

I was gone on a 21 day road trip with my wife and dog. We got a travel trailer and took it out on the maiden voyage. 21 days, 11 states, 4200 miles. Along the way I was able to stop in a plethora of WalMarts, Targets, a few Toys R Us’ and a couple of Walgreens. I even made it to a Fred Meyer in Oregon, which is owned by Krogers, so they had lots of Hot Wheels.

The tally of finds was:

Marvel Legends:
6 of the 7 Spider-Man Homecoming
The Walgreens Exclusive Invisible Woman
The Toys R Us Exclusive 2-pack Spider-Man and Mary Jane Watson

The Jim Lee Cyclops figure from the Warlock Series

Transformers:
Blitzwing (Voyager Class)
Octane (Voyager Class)
Bumblebee (Deluxe Movie)
Barricade (Deluxe Movie)
Berserker (Deluxe Movie)

Star Wars:
Tusken Raider (Sand People) (40th Anniversary Black Series)

Diecast:
10 Premium brands
Lightning McQueen (Target Exc)

13 Matchbox
75 Hot Wheels

 


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


Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader – The Black Series – Rogue One

Ah, Rogue One. Bringing us a battalion of new Stormtroopers to broaden the Star Wars Universe.

I have already taken a look at the Hovertank Pilot, and the Death Trooper. Those have been cool and talked about. I think I have heard more people talking and wondering about the Scarif Stormtrooper, or Shoretrooper more than any other. Well, this is the Squad Leader. This one is the figure that was mass market available. It seems a bit backward that the standard Scarif Stormtrooper would be the WalMart exclusive, while the Squad Leader would be the one to hit the mass market. Hasbro should know by now that people will want to army build these guys, and you can’t have too many standard troopers, but it seems a bit off to have a squad built of leaders.

Anyway, let’s take a look. He comes with some really great paint. They have a few markings that signify their rank as Squad Leader. They have a blue stripe across their chest, a both shoulders are painted blue. The red arm band and white stripe are on both classes of Shoretrooper. There is also a Captain rank that we will see in the movie, where nearly the entire chest plate is colored blue.

The Squad Leader also has a dark skirt and less accessories on his belt. There are a lot of detail added around the body, with lots of scrapes and dirt on the armor.

The Squad Leader comes with the E-22 blaster rifle. It is molded fairly sharply, due to a new casting, though it is still soft. Nothing is like Cassian’s rifle we looked at a little while ago.

Comparing the E-22 to the Death Trooper’s variation of the E-11, you can see some of the variations. The front end is of course the most notable, with the double barrel. I cannot wait to see these in action. The center is the same, as you may expect with a new variation on a standard weapon. There is also a change in the back stock. Just as there is a longer stock on the Death Trooper’s E-11, the E-22 has a longer stock as well. The E-22 eliminates the fold-out stock that the E-11 had.

The Scarif Stormtrooper and the Hovertank Pilot have virtually the same armor. The big change is in the helmet. The rest of the outfit is the same with the exception of the belt, and the armor colors. That does make sense from the standpoint that we always saw just Stormtroopers in the original trilogy. This time around we see new Stormtroopers, but they are not vastly different from one another.

The design of the two are logically thought out. The Shoretrooper would be in a tropical climate, with water all around, so they would probably wear less armor on the lower part of their bodies. The Hovertank Pilot would be inside the tank, and need to be comfortable sitting down. I am sure the standard Stormtrooper armor would not be great to sit in for long periods of time.

I ended up finding two and getting them both since I didn't know how hard it would be to find the standard Shoretrooper at WalMart.

I ended up finding two and getting them both since I didn’t know how hard it would be to find the standard Shoretrooper at WalMart.

My army of Imperials is growing. I am really enjoying these new 6 inch figures. There is a better array of difference that I feel like I want to get more variations than we found with The Force Awakens. They were all very white, and smooth. These guys have a lot more to say.


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.


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