Height: 6 1/8ths inches
Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, ball jointed hips, ball jointed abdomen, swivel/ hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, a hinged neck, and a ball jointed head.
Accessories: DH-17 Blaster and helmet
Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars
* I really like the sculpting on this guy. While he's wearing a much more basic outfit than most Imperial troopers, who typically are covered in armor, he still looks pretty interesting. Clean paintwork and a variety of details such as folds, creases, and wrinkles really bring this character to life.
* I really can't tell you if this headsculpt can be tied to a specific extra from A New Hope, but it definitely is a good headsculpt. It looks like an Imperial trooper and captures both the short, military styled haircut of a trooper while still also throwing in those stylish 1970s sideburns.
* The Black Series almost always has consistently good articulation that allows for kneeling poses and decent weapons holding poses. The Death Squad Commander/ Imperial Naval Trooper is no exception. For some reason, he's one of those figure's that extremely fun to just pick up and play with when you're just sitting around chilling out. He feels solid and sturdy, too.
* Considering that he's wearing black almost from head to toe, the Death Squad Commander/ Imperial Naval Trooper doesn't look like a figure just molded in all black. Instead, his uniform features a variety of different blacks that give the allusion of different textures. His boots and gloves are fairly shiny, giving off the appearance of leather, while his tunic and pants are a more matte black that makes them seem more like finely tailored clothing. The helmet is really shiny, giving off the appearance of the same sort of armor that Stormtroopers and other Imperial troops would be sporting as armor.
* Here's a closer look at the helmet. It not only has a very nice design to it but it fits perfectly and stays on very securely. It looks perfect in place thanks to the very secure chin strap.
* Like Lando, the Death Squad Commander/ Imperial Naval Trooper also comes with a DH-17 blaster pistol. It's really tough to say who was the first figure releases as Lando and the second series of 40th Anniversary figures both showed up around the same time, but it's nice to finally have this weapon mold available. The DH-17 is molded in a gunmetal plastic with a painted barrel tip.
* Not only is this figure sporting a pretty cool looking belt but he also has a functional holster. The blaster fits right into the pouch on his right hip and stays in plays securely.
* The gloves have a buckle on them but the left glove's buckle looks rather warped. I'm not sure what happened here but the buckle seems a bit misshapen and messy.
* This is a pretty minor nitpick but there is clearly a splotch of errant paint on the figure's collar. It is noticeable in person but not a deal breaker. Just a minor quality control error, really.
Kenner's unique take on the Cantina aliens, I'm all in favor of it) but, all things considered, this is still a Great figure.
The only other Imperial Naval Trooper I've reviewed on here is the microfigure from the classic Galoob Micro Machines Star Destroyer/ Space Fortress Transforming Action set.
If you're looking for figures from the 40th Anniversary Collection, check out the following: