Guardians of Evil 4-pack. My guess, however, is that most collectors will encounter this single packed version of the Elite Praetorian Guard first. Seemingly an evolution of the Emperor's Royal Guards, the Praetorian Elite Guards are Supreme Leader Snoke's red armored masters of disaster. Apparently there are eight of them, although some of them may share helmet styles and weapons. This single packed guard is distinct from the version in the Guardians of Evil 4-pack and utilizes a different weapon while also sporting a different helmet. Let's check him out after the break...
Height: 6 1/4 inches tall
Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, double hinged knees, swivel thighs,
ball jointed hips, ball jointed abdomen, swivel/ hinge shoulders,
balljointed shoulder pauldrons, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, a hinged neck, and a ball jointed head.
Accessories: Bladed staff, shoulder pads.
Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars
* I love the design of these guys. You can definitely see how they were
inspired by the Emperor's Royal Guards but they seem so much more "hands
on." Their armor has some fine details and, like with the
Stormtroopers, you can see the difference between the Plastoid heavy armor
and a bodysuit underneath. There are also two separate paint schemes to represent the textures of the differing outfit materials. The Plastoid armor is very
shiny and looks great.
* The helmet is very unusual but it looks accurate and it rather unique. I really do get a 1970s or early 1980s sci-fi/ fantasy feel from this design. If this had shown up in something like Flash Gordon, The Black Hole, or Starcrash, I wouldn't be surprised. I mean that as a compliment, though. It seems unique but somehow familiar, too.
* This Elite Praetorian Guard includes a large Guan Do styled halberd that seems to have a bit more functionality than a regular blade. Perhaps it is a vibro-blade of some sort? This is a very solid accessory with some nice paint applications on it.
* The Elite Praetorian Guard's arms are covered by overlapping armor
pieces. In order to preserve some articulation while still giving the
figure an accurate appearance Hasbro has placed one of the armor collars
over the swivel/hinge elbow, thus the joint can still move while the
appearance of the armor pattern is not affected.
*Despite the engineering above, the elbows still have some limited motion. This hurts this figure worse because he carries what is clearly intended to be a two-handed weapon. He can hold the weapon with two hands, but it's difficult and somewhat forced.
I've reviewed the double blade wielding Elite Praetorian Guard in the Guardians of Evil 4-pack, so check that out!
If you're looking for more Star Wars: The Black Series figures, check out the following:
Siege Battalion Clone Trooper, 212th Attack Battalion Utapau Trooper,
Coruscant Guard ---(Phase II), and 501st Legion Clone Trooper 4 pack
Admiral Ackbar and First Order Officer
Captain Cassian Andor (Eadu)
Captain Poe Dameron
C-3PO (Resistance Base)
Clone Captain Rex (HasCon Exclusive)
Clone Commander Gree
Darth Vader (Emperor's Wrath)
Finn (First Order Disguise)
First Order Flametrooper
First Order General Hux
First Order Snowtrooper
First Order Snowtrooper Officer
First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter
First Order Stormtrooper
First Order Stormtrooper Executioner
First Order TIE Fighter Pilot
General Leia Organa
Grand Admiral Thrawn (SDCC Exclusive)
Guardians of Evil 4-Pack
Imperial AT-ACT Driver
Imperial Death Trooper
Imperial Death Trooper, Captain Cassian Andor, and Sergeant Jyn Erso (Jedha) 3 pack
Imperial Hovertank Pilot
Imperial Shock Trooper
Imperial Royal Guard
Kylo Ren (SDCC 2016)
Kylo Ren (The Last Jedi)
Kylo Ren (Starkiller Base)
Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (SDCC 2016)
1 Clone Trooper Commander, Phase II Clone Trooper, Imperial
Stormtrooper, and First Order ---Stormtrooper Officer four pack
Poe Dameron and First Order Riot Control Stormtrooper
Princess Leia Organa
R2-A3, R5-K6, and R2-F2
Rey (Jakku) & BB-8
Rey (Jedi Training)
Rey (Starkiller Base)
Rey's Speeder (Jakku)
Sandtrooper Sergeant, Crimson Stormtrooper, Lieutenant OXIXO, and R2-Q5
Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader
Sergeant Jyn Erso (Eadu)
Sergeant Jyn Erso (Jedha)
X-34 Landspeeder & Luke Skywalker (SDCC Exclusive)
X-Wing Pilot Asty