SCARIF STORMTROOPER SQUAD LEADER
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES
Like pretty much every single Star Wars film, Rogue One introduced it’s own set of faceless troopers, variations on the original Stormtroopers. In addition to the basic Stormtroopers and TIE Fighter pilots, we also got Krennic’s bodyguards the Death Troopers, a few new vehicle pilots, and (my most favorite) the Scarif Troopers (also known as the Shoretroopers, a name I kind of prefer). None of them really amounted to all that much in the final film, but they did make for a slightly more diverse selection of faceless mooks for the heroes to take out right and left. There were a few different types of the Shoretroopers featured, and thus there are few different figures available. I’ve already looked at the Black Series version of the basic Shoretrooper, but there’s also the Squad Leader, which I’ll be looking at today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader was released as part of the second assortment of Rogue One-themed Star Wars: The Black Series figures, which, as I noted in yesterday’s Krennic review, is actually the eighth series of red-boxed Black Series figures. The Squad Leader is figure 28, making him the second numerically in this series of three. The figure stands just shy of 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 27 points of articulation. For the most part, I’ve seen this figure before, both in terms of design, and in terms of the actual pieces in use. Of course, he’s sporting the same design as the smaller Squad Leader, albeit slightly more detailed. As far as pieces, he’s built on the Hovertank Pilot body, just like the basic Shoretrooper, and also makes use of the same helmet as the basic Shoretrooper. These remain good pieces, and I can hardly fault the re-use, since they should be consistent. He gets a new belt piece, which features the kama sported by the Squad Leader. Surprisingly enough, the articulation isn’t all that affected by the new piece, and the general quality of the sculpt matches well with the rest of the pieces. Most of the new-ness of this figure comes from the paintwork. At the most basic level, it’s pretty similar to the basic Shroetrooper, which makes sense. He’s also got a lot of very similar weathering to that figure, though it should be noted that it’s slightly different, which prevents the two of them from looking too cookie-cutter. The main difference between the two figures is the presence of the blue detailing on his upper torso and left shoulder. It does a lot to differentiate him, and I like the extra splash of color it adds. In addition, the weathering seen on the rest of the armor is also seen on the blue sections, which looks pretty cool. The Squad Leader includes a larger blaster rifle. It’s got the same base as the usual Stormtrooper blaster, but with a number of extra add-ons. It makes for a pretty fun new design.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
As with Krennic, the Squad Leader was picked up for me by Super Awesome Girlfriend, during a bit of a “stress buy.” After getting the smaller version of this guy, I definitely wanted the larger one too, though I initially thought I’d be okay with the basic Shoretrooper. Once I saw this guy, I knew I needed him too. He’s just as much fun as the basic trooper, and I’m very happy to have gotten him.
Also, fun fact: the Rogue One products were solicited to retailers using code names. The Rebels and the Imperials were the “SEALS” and “SHARKS,” and each figure was then given a short descriptor. It seems Walmart never changed the codenames to the real names in their system, so this guy rung up as “SHRK TOOPER” which I found rather amusing.