Friday, January 3, 2020

Wrapping Up 2019: Sith Trooper from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

   I'm still wrapping up the Star Wars: The Black Series releases I picked up in 2019 and I've only got five to go (six if I ever manage to find the Mandalorian). Let's check out the last figure from Hasbro's releases based on The Rise of Skywalker: The Sith Trooper! The Sith Troopers have an incredible appearance but, sadly, they didn't get much screen time in the film. The Sith Trooper was first releases last summer as a SDCC 2019 exclusive with five accessories. For the standard release three of those accessories have been cut (the larger repeating blaster, a claw of some sort, and a bladed weapon) but the two standard blasters are still here. As part of the Final Order, these troopers bring to mind the red bladed lightsabers of the Sith and the red robed Royal Guards of Emperor Palpatine. Let's check out these Sith Troopers after the break and see how they compare with the standard First Order troopers...

 The Facts:

Height: 6 inches

Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, double hinged knees, thigh swivels, balljointed hips, mid-torso balljoint, lateral pectoral hinges, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, balljointed neck, and a balljointed head.

Accessories: 2 blasters.

Non-Scalper Price: $18-$23 dollars
 The Positives:

* The Sith Troopers aren't just First Order Stormtroopers painted red: They actually have a completely new sculpt that feature lots of new details all over the armor. The Sith Trooper armor is covered in anisotropic bands that apparently help to deflect the energy from blaster bolts. I really like the sensor mounted on the Sith Trooper's shoulder. It's just a cool little detail.

 * The helmet is also really nice. I actually like these guys a lot more than the First Order Stormtroopers, which I've never been too fond off. I don't really care for the standard FO trooper helmets but these looks much, much better.

* The Sith troopers don't look too different from previous troopers from behind: They've got the standard details and explosive device on the back. The paintwork is really clean on this guy, though. While there isn't a ton of paint, what's here is very sharp and crisp.

 * The Sith Trooper is one of the most well articulated figures in the line. Seriously, his range of motion is excellent. He's also really durable. These are well built figures.

* The arm articulation is incredible. The Sith Trooper has the pectoral hinges that many figure are starting to use. Couple this with the fact that his shoulder pads are rubbery and flexible and you have an amazing range of motion here.

* Like the standard First Order Troopers, the Sith Trooper can store a blaster on his hip via a small slot that allows the weapons to plug into it.

* The first blaster looks like a modified version of one of the First Order's F11s. It's got a great paint job.

* The second blaster is my favorite: It's the new ST-W48 blaster. This version is currently in rifle mode (apparently, in universe the stock can come off) and it looks really, really cool. I love this blaster!
   You may not be overly thrilled by the fact that the Sith Troopers didn't have a lot of screen time in The Rise of Skywalker, nor did they seem incredibly different from your garden variety First Order Stormtroopers but, as action figures, these are some of the best troopers released in the Black Series to date. Incredible accessories, a very slick paint job, great sculpting, and some of the best articulation on an armored figure to date definitely makes this guy a winner. This really is an Epic release by Hasbro. Seriously, they did some good work here. Pick this guy up if you've passed him by. He's a worthwhile action figure for sure.

This is the first Sith Trooper I've reviewed. For more figures from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III 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 & Babu Frik
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 Jet Trooper
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 Knight)
Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master) 
Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master)- Ahch-To Island
Luke Skywalker (Skyalker Strikes)
Luke Skywalker (Yavin Ceremony)
Mace Windu
Maz Kanata 
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Force Spirit)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Padawan) 
Obi-Wan Kenobi (SDCC 2016) 
Offworld Jawa
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 & D-O
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
Wedge Antilles
X-34 Landspeeder & Luke Skywalker (SDCC Exclusive) 
X-Wing Pilot Asty 
Yoda (Force Spirit)


  1. These guys deserved more screen time in Rise of Skywalker. So cool looking!

    1. They definitely did. I really would have liked to see how they truly differ from the standard First order troops.


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