Monday, November 25, 2019

Road to The Rise of Skywalker: First Order Jet Trooper from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

   Guess what? This is my first review of a figure from the upcoming The Rise of Skywalker! How crazy, right? We've had at least a dozen books over the past few months, the premiere of The Mandalorian, and the launch of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Next up on the list: The Rise of Skywalker. Yeah, I'm being cautious but I'm hoping for the best with this one. Right now I'm just going to focus on a new trooper type for the ranks of the First Order. The Jet Trooper (also called Rocket Troopers) aren't a new concept at all. Heck, First Order specific Jet/ Rocket Troopers appeared in the first issue of the Poe Dameron comic back in 2016 and in 2017's Star Wars Battlefront II. This guy is part of the second wave of figures released since Triple Force Friday, so he's really just starting to show up in decent numbers. Let's check this guy out after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 6 inches

Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, ball jointed hips, ball jointed mid torso, swivel jetpack exhausts (x2), swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, hinged neck, balljointed neck, and a ball jointed head.

Accessories: Blaster pistol.

Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars
 The Positives:

* At a glance the Jet Trooper doesn't look incredibly different from a standard First Order Stormtrooper but it turns out this guy is a completely new sculpt. The details are crisp, the paint apps are clean, and the armor is a very beautiful, very brilliant white. Seriously, he looks like he just got resurrected after killing the Balrog. It's a slick looking figure.

 * The helmets are kind of odd on the First Order Jet Troopers, but that's been the case with many of the specialized First Order troops. I think it's a throwback to some of the Ralph McQuarrie concept designs for the Stormtroopers from the Original trilogy.

 * The Jet Troopers jet pack isn't a separate piece. It's a part of his armor. It's a very sleek design with quite a few paint applications and even articulated exhaust pipes on the bottom.

 * The articulation on the Jet Trooper is way better than on the earlier First Order Stormtrooper. The range of motion on this guy is excellent and he can take some great poses. The elbows are fantastic with nice range of articulation, both his neck and head are balljointed, and the balljointed mid-torso moves quite a bit and is hidden underneath his armor. 

 * The Jet Trooper only comes with one blaster, but it is a new one. I don't know the name of it yet but it looks like a multi-barreled pistol. It's very cool and the figure looks great holding it.
 The Negatives:

* Looking at pictures of the armor from the film, it appears that Hasbro failed to paint the black lines on the side of the helmet (you can see the indentation running from the visor to the mouth area). This isn't just a QC fluke, either, as I've seen other figures with this paint app missing. It definitely changes the look of the helmet and makes it seem a bit less realized. 
   The First Order Jet Trooper isn't a bad figure at all, but he is a bit dull. It's odd to say that about an armored Stormtrooper sporting a jet pack, but it's true. This guy could have used a little splash of color, maybe a more unique looking jet pack, or another cool blaster to make him stand out a bit more. He's still a well articulated, well sculpted figure, and I'm sure folks will like him, but he's not as exciting as he could be. The First Order Troopers just don't "feel" as unique from each other as the Imperial and Clone Troopers did, which is a bit of a weakness in my eyes.

This is the first First Order Jet Trooper I've reviewed. For more Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III figures, check out the following:
0-0-0 (Triple Zero)
442nd 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
Admiral Piett
Ahsoka Tano 
AT-AT Pilot 
Battle Droid
Baze Malbus
BT-1 (Beetee)
C-3PO (Resistance Base) 
Cal Kestis
Captain Cassian Andor (Eadu) 
Captain Phasma
Captain Phasma (Quicksilver Baton)
Captain Poe Dameron
Cara Dune
Chewbacca (Target Exclusive)
Chewbacca (The Force Awakens)
Chirrut Imwe 
Chopper (C1-10P)
Clone Captain Rex (HasCon Exclusive)
Clone Commander Gree
Clone Commander Fox
Clone Commander Obi-Wan Kenobi
Clone Commander Wolffe 
Constable Zuvio
Darth Revan 
Darth Vader (Emperor's Wrath)
Death Star Trooper
Dewback/ Sandtrooper
Director Krennic 
DJ (Canto Bight)
Doctor Aphra
Dryden Vos
Elite Praetorian Guard
Elite Praetorian Guard (with Heavy Blade)
Emperor Papatine and Throne
Enfys Nest's Swoop Bike/ Enfys Nest
Ezra Bridger
Finn (First Order Disguise)
Finn (FN-2187)
Finn (Jakku)
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 Stormtrooper (with Gear)
First Order TIE Fighter Pilot
Gamorrean Guard
General Grievous
General Leia Organa
General Veers
Grand Admiral Thrawn (SDCC Exclusive)
Grand Moff Tarkin 
Guardians of Evil 4-Pack
Guavian Enforcer
Han Solo (Exogorth Escape)
Han Solo (Mimban)
Han Solo (Solo)
Han Solo (The Force Awakens)
Hera Syndulla
Imperial AT-ACT Driver
Imperial Death Trooper
Imperial Death Trooper, Captain Cassian Andor, and Sergeant Jyn Erso (Jedha) 3 pack
Imperial Hovertank Pilot 
Imperial Jumptrooper
Imperial Patrol Trooper
Imperial Shock Trooper 
Imperial Royal Guard 
Inferno Squad Agent
Jaina Solo (Legends)
Jango Fett
Kanan Jarrus
Kylo Ren 
Kylo Ren (SDCC 2016)
Kylo Ren (The Last Jedi) 
Kylo Ren (Starkiller Base)
Kylo Ren (Throne Room) 
Lando Calrissian (Solo)
Lando Calrissian (The Empire Strikes Back)
Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard)
Luke Skywalker 
Luke Skywalker (Death Star Escape)
Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master) 
Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master)- Ahch-To Island
Mace Windu
Maz Kanata 
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Force Spirit)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Padawan) 
Obi-Wan Kenobi (SDCC 2016) 
Padme Amidala
Phase 1 Clone Trooper Commander, Phase II Clone Trooper, Imperial Stormtrooper, and First Order ---Stormtrooper Officer four pack
Poe Dameron
Poe Dameron and First Order Riot Control Stormtrooper
Princess Leia (Bespin Escape)
Princess Leia Organa 
Princess Leia Organa (Hoth)
Qi'ra (Corellia)
Qui-Gon Jinn
R2-A3, R5-K6, and R2-F2
Range Trooper
Rebel Trooper
Red Squadron (R2-D2, R5-D8, and R2-X2)
Resistance Tech Rose
Resistance Trooper
Rey (Island Journey)
Rey (Jakku) & BB-8 
Rey (Jedi Training)
Rey (Jedi Training)- Crait
Rey (Starkiller Base) 
Rey's Speeder (Jakku)
Rio Durant
Sabine Wren
Sandtrooper Sergeant, Crimson Stormtrooper, Lieutenant OXIXO, and R2-Q5
Scarif Stormtrooper
Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader 
Second Sister Inquisitor
Sergeant Jyn Erso (Eadu)
Sergeant Jyn Erso (Jedha)
Stormtrooper (Mimban)
Stormtrooper (With Blast Accessories)
Supreme Leader Snoke (Throne Room)
Tobias Beckett
Tusken Raider 
Val (Vandor)
Vice Admiral Holdo
X-34 Landspeeder & Luke Skywalker (SDCC Exclusive) 
X-Wing Pilot Asty 

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