STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE (HASBRO)
“Specialist Stormtroopers stationed at the top-secret Imperial military headquarters on Scarif, these Shoretroopers patrol the beaches and bunkers of the planetary facility.”
Okay, is it “Shoretrooper” or “Scarif Stormtrooper?” Make up your minds already! I mean, at least before it was a company to company thing, but now Hasbro, who have up to this point labeled every other version of this squad as “Scarif Stormtrooper,” jumping on the “Shoretrooper” bandwagon. Why just this one figure? Why!?! I NEED TO KNOW!!!!
Okay, actually it doesn’t really matter all that much. It’s really neither here nor there. Figures have names on the package, and then the package gets thrown away. The name on the box could have been Throat Warbler Mangrove, and I’d still buy it. Because its the Scarif Trooper, and that’s, like, my new favorite Imperial design!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Okay, so the *Shoretrooper* was released in Series 3 of the Rogue One line. There are a number of different variations of this armor, denoting ranks and the like. This guy here is the most basic of the bunch; he’s the real cannon fodder. He’s also the same design as the Walmart-exclusive 6” Scarif Stormtrooper. The figure stands about 4 inches tall and has the usual 5 points of articulation. It appears that this figure uses the same mold as the AT-ACT Driver, which I never actually got (because $300 is a lot of money). It’s worth noting that this mold does *not* share any parts with the Squad Leader figure. That’s probably a good thing, because, while I like that figure, his sculpt does have some issues. This one improves the shaping of the helmet, and adds a few details that were missing at the top. It also adds some nice texturing to the pants, and gives the overall figure a less stiff posture. All of those things are definite positives. Also, we’ve flipped back to a separate attachment piece for the “skirt,” as opposed to one that’s stuck to the legs. It’s my preferred way of handing it to be sure, but it just seems a little odd that they go back and forth. The paint on this guy is pretty much what we’ve come to expect from this line. All of the basic details are there, and the colors match up well enough with the on-screen stuff. The application is mostly pretty clean, with some slight bleed here and there, especially at the edges at the pants. He lacks the weathering on the larger figures, but that’s the difference between the two lines. The Shoretrooper is packed with the same larger blaster rifle included with the Squad Leader, as well as…wait for it…a zipline. Oh yeah, those ziplines! This one’s got a retracting feature, which is different, I guess. Yay?
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
As I’ve noted numerous times in the past, the Shore/Scarif Trooper is a favorite design of mine, so I’m down for pretty much every figure they release of it. Of course, like I said in yesterday’s Bodhi review, Series 3 hasn’t been very prominent much of anywhere at retail, so I didn’t really have any chances to pick this one up. I ended up finding him at the same time as Bodhi, and certainly wasn’t going to pass him up. He’s a decent enough figure for the basic line. If you like this design, you could do worse than this figure.