Death Trooper – The Black Series

It has been a while since my last actual review. The reason for that is that I’m currently working on a quite big project that I would also like to add to this blog eventually. With my limited spare time I had to make a few choices, but since I can’t keep postpone reviews, and because he recently arrived, I thought it was the excellent moment to write a next review. So here it is.

Today, I will present you, the Death Trooper from Rogue One by Hasbro.
The Death Trooper became an instant fan favorite and even though it’s not my favorite new Stormtrooper design for Rogue One, I absolutely love it. To have a figure of this guy is really amazing, and it seems that Hasbro did a better job with the Rogue One figures than last year’s Force Awakens figures. Let’s take a closer look.
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Experience

Straight out of the package, I was blown away by the glossy finish and overall amount of detail that was present in the figure. Of course, not everything is as crisp as what we’re used to from the model kits, but still, the details look amazing and crisper than what The Force Awakens figures got. I guess they got more time to design and make these figures and they likely also put more effort in this line.

The accessories were a bit underwhelming compared to the figure though. The details were not as crips and they didn’t get the amount of paint details that the figure got himself but I’ll go deeper on that in the “Looks” section.

!!! I do have to point out that I painted the guns with Tamiya’s gunmetal grey paint, because that made a world of difference in my opinion !!!

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custom Black Series Darth Vader preview

 Content

The Death Trooper comes with the accessories he needs. He has a custom E-11 blaster rifle as well as a SE-14r Blaster Pistol. He also has a loop to hold the pisol, but it’s on a weird angle in my opinion.

He doesn’t come with anything else, but I’m starting to want interchangeable hands from the Black Series figures somehow. They showed us that it isn’t impossible with Poe Dameron and it would add a few display options, but I guess we’ll have to wait till next month, when the model kit arrives.


Looks

This Trooper really has some amazing details that I absolutely love. Different panel lines and just those minor things that add a lot of detail are pretty crisp here.
It is good to see that Hasbro is going back (step by step) to the original idea behind the line, which is great collectible action figures.

I do feel that the proportions are a bit off but I guess the Specialist, coming in the 3-pack, won’t look as skinny with his additional vest and pauldron. it also becomes less obvious when you pose the figure slightly more dynamic.

The Death Trooper also has a lot of different paint finishes, going from the sort of metallic green for the visor, the gloss black and matte dark grey. This really gives the character a lot of depth and realism and I hope they will continue this on the figures that are yet to come.

Unfortunately, this amazing paint job doesn’t really come through on the accessories. The blaster rifle does have a bit of silver weathering at the tip and a red line on the side, but other than that, it’s just the cheap dark grey (somewhat metallic) plastic that they used.
This really detracted from the overall look of the figure, and that is why I painted them with Tamiya’s gunmetal grey. This made a world of difference in my opinion, and the weapons now suit the overall aesthetic of the character.

I also have a minor nitpick about the shoulder pads. if you don’t know it isn’t really noticeable or bad, but in terms of accuracy, the shape is a bit wrong. instead of having the somewhat more traditional shape, they should be shaped like the First Order Stormtrooper shoulder pads. just so you know.


Poseability

He doesn’t have the best articulation we’ve seen from the Black Series line, but at least, and this was a rather big deal to me, he does have elbows that bend 90°. It was one of the first things I tried with this figure, and I was so glad to see that this was possible.

His hip joints are somewhat limited by his belt and pouches, so he won’t be doing any natural kneeling poses, but he has no problems with running or wide stance poses.

The shoulderpads are made out of a softer plastic, making it possible to make his arms go up, but I still think that it’s not really the best design. It simply doesn’t give the crazy amount of range and I also didn’t dare to overdo it, since I had the shoulderpads of my regular Stormtrooper and Darth Vader Black Series pop off when doing a bit too crazy poses. (luckily you can just glue these back on)

The bad thing I have to point out here is that, at least on my figure, his ab joint is kind of wobbly. This makes it harder to stand up the figure properly, because he can’t really keep his balance with the shifting weight on top. But once you get him balanced, he usually holds his pose pretty good.


Verdict

Hasbro did a great job with this Death Trooper figure and I hope it sets the bar for further Black Series releases. There are obviously still a few problems, but this is the kind of figure I’m expecting from Hasbro.

It’s a pretty good figure and I sure do recommend him for the Star Wars fans that can’t wait for any other releases by different brands like Bandai model kits or the S.H. Figuarts versions.
(and I recommend getting a cup of Tamiya’s gunmetal grey and a fine brush, to get the most out of this guy)


I give the Death Trooper a 8/10

Pro’s

  • good resemblance of the character
  • decent range of accessories
  • crisp details with amazing amount of different finishes
  • better elbow joints than last year’s First Order Stormtroopers

Con’s

  • maybe a bit lanky/skinny (not as obvious when posed)
  • the wobbly ab joint (at least for me)

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