Saturday, January 16, 2021

Wrapping Up 2020: Remnant Stormtrooper from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase IV by Hasbro

   Since Hasbro just released a brand new Imperial Stormtrooper in The Black Series Phase IV it makes sense that they'd give it a different paint variant and put it out as the Remnant Stormtrooper. While Moff Gideon's Imperial Remnant typically looks pretty much in-line with the Imperials we see in the Original Trilogy, the Remnant Stormtrooper seen here is based on the more weathered looking troopers who hang around with the Client on Nevarro. It's a simple variant of the standard Stormtrooper but these guys definitely made an impression in the first chapter of The Mandalorian and it's cool to have them on the shelf. The Remnant Stormtrooper is a Target exclusive, which sucks for two reasons. One, it's a troop builder, so being an exclusive is always a poor choice. Second, Target has been piss poor about stocking their exclusives this year (or Hasbro severely shorted them) so good luck finding this guy. Let's take a look at the Remnant Stormtrooper after the break...

The Facts:

Height: 6 inches

Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, swivel/ hinge knees, swivel thighs, ball jointed hips, ball jointed torso, swivel/hinge shoulders with lateral "butterfly" hinges, swivel/ hinge elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, ball jointed neck, and a ball jointed head.

Accessories: E-11 blaster rifle

Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars


* The Remnant Stormtrooper is on the left while the standard Phase IV Imperial Stormtrooper is on the right. The Remnant Stormtrooper is a simple paint variant of the newly designed Stormtrooper so there's not a whole lot new to say other than paint differences, although that makes perfect sense and isn't a knock on the figure.

The Positives:

* To capture the look of the Remnant Stormtroopers Hasbro gave the figure off-white armor, some yellowish-brown paint, and a smattering of gray splatter to look like damage and weathering. It's fairly effective and definitely does the job. The damage isn't as impressive as I had hoped but it still looks good and, at a glance or with just one figure on the shelf, it's convincing.


* The helmet is also quite worn and weathered looking with lots of paint splatter on the front, especially on the brow.

 * The new Phase IV Stormtrooper gets rid of the double hinged knees and elbows but since the range of motion on the new knees and elbows is so much better you won't miss them. The plastic is sturdy and not at all rubbery like the earlier troopers. The articulation on the head and neck are incredible as are the "butterfly" shoulder joints. This guy looks amazing holding his blaster in multiple different poses! He's really, really fun.

* The Remnant Stormtrooper's toting an E-11. It's version of the E-11 that features the side sensor or target designator on the barrel and a loner charging port. Lots of the Rogue One figures had these accoutrements and this guy does, too, as they seemed to show up in The Mandalorian. It's a solid black blaster, though, with no paint hits. It's a shame we didn't get an SE-14r with him as well, though.


* On the back you've got all of the little extras you would expect: The backpack with the Twinkies and donut and the N-20 Baradium-core thermal detonator.

   The Remnant Stormtrooper is just a paint variant of the standard Imperial Stormtrooper but what else would you expect? He's still a Great figure and a nice addition to the ever-growing collection of figures from The Mandalorian. You can tell Hasbro didn't plan for The Mandalorian to be as big as it is because a good deal of the product they're putting out is repaints and we're just starting to see some truly new figures. Still, with as popular as the show is more stuff has got to be coming. This guy is a Target exclusive and I hope they keep him coming. I found mine on their website, fortunately, and he's the same price as a regular figure. No exclusive tax! Yeah!

 I've reviewed quite a few Stormtroopers! Besides the basic Black Series Phase I Stormtrooper and Phase IV Imperial Stormtrooper I've also reviewed the Stormtrooper (with blast accessories), the battle damaged Stormtrooper from the Amazon 4-pack, Stormtrooper (Mimban), and the Crimson Stormtrooper from the Entertainment Earth 4-pack. I've also reviewed the Hero Mashers Stormtrooper, the Vintage Collection's TK-421, three of the Rebels sets with Stormtroopers (Garazeb "Zeb" Orrelios and StormtrooperSabine Wren and Stormtrooper, and Stormtrooper Commander and Hera Syndulla), the Micro Machines Ice Planet Hoth playset with a Stormtrooper microfigure, and the Stormtrooper Mini Head.

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