Friday, December 31, 2010

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,448: Storm Commando

The Legacy Collection Wal-Mart Exclusive Evolutions
Item No.:
Asst. 87874 No. 91518
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: Blasters
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $12.96-$24.96
Availability: August 2009
Appearances: Rogue Leader comic books

Bio: Elite commandos conduct fierce battles and covert operations from the earliest days of the Clone Wars to the final days of the Galactic Empire. The lethally effective Alpha (Alpha-17) accompanies Jedi generals on missions and trains clone troopers on Kamino. Fi Skirata (RC-8015) serves as a team medic in Teroch Squad and Omega Squad, easing tensions with his sense of humor. Storm commandos receive special training to fight the Rebel Alliance; also called shadow scouts, they wear dark armor that deflects light and energy. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' place, somewhere.

Commentary: While not necessarily really a clone, the Storm Commando is one of no fewer than four black Scout Trooper repaints on the market today. Courtesy of this one's unique helmet and greaves, it stands out as more than just a simple deco change, his holsters and distinctive helmet help him stand out from the crowd. While still primarily based on the super-popular 2006 Vintage Scout Trooper mold, the figure is just different enough to be interesting plus sports 12 points of articulation.

The unique helmet-- and this is the only release of this helmet I've seen so far-- is the main reason to pick up the figure. It's a very different looking Imperial and if you're only going to get one black Scout Trooper, why not this one? The other three have the same "classic" Scout Trooper helmet, while this one looks a little bit different. It's almost like a concept art variation-- heck, it probably is-- and as such will stand out nicely. The metallic paint on the figure gives it a little more oomph, so get one if you can.

Collector's Notes: The set is essentially worthless-- thanks closeout shelves!-- so you can get this one pretty easily. Since it comes with two other really cool clones, if you aren't all cloned-out yet, you may as well track it down and enjoy it.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,448: December 31, 2010

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