Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,864: Elite Squad Trooper (The Black Series 6-Inch)
The Black Series 2020 Line Look Dark Red Star Wars: The Bad Batch Packaging
Item No.: Asst. E8908 No. F2960
Number: #03 - Star Wars: The Bad Batch
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: February 2021
Appearances: Star Wars: The Bad Batch
Bio: After the formation of the Galactic Empire, a small group of highly skilled enlisted recruits is tasked with neutralizing anti-Imperial insurgents throughout the galaxy as a means to prove the effectiveness of conscripted soldiers. (Taken from the packaging.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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Clone Trooper (Kamino) [FOTD #2,749] - so it's a bit more than a repaint. The torso and arms were used for numerous Clones from 2020 to today, but the legs are the ones from the earlier releases - you'll notice the older copyright markings on the feet and the double-jointed knees, plus a lack of the floating patella-covering armor piece that was on some of the other releases. I think the build is sturdier as a result.
In some respects the figure is perfect, in others it's a letdown. It costs more than the original release of the molds. It has less paint. It has one of the two blasters. You don't feel like you're getting a good deal here, but you are getting a good representation of one of the Empire's first expendable troopers - in the show, they're brought on to prove (for some reason) made-to-order clones are no longer necessary. Of course, they're very necessary for budgeting reasons - these things aren't cheap to make, so being able to sell fans the same molds a dozen or more times really helps finance other projects and keep these things coming when there are no movies. And they sell! This guy came out in February and I haven't seen a single one in a store. The dark grey, shiny armor looks great and the green visor is excellent.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.
Day 2,864: October 14, 2021