The Force Awakens The Black Series 6-Inch Figure Target Exclusive
Item No.: No. C1982
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: April 2017
Appearances: Star Wars
Bio: The Empire’s combat drivers are trained to handle everything in the Imperial ground arsenal, from heavily armed AT-ATs to the more utilitarian AT-ACT walkers. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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Deco is good, but I'm not sure if it's right or not. One of the challenges of mass-producing toys with different kinds of plastic is getting the color right. Indie toymakers like Onell Design excel at this. Hasbro's still growing. The shin armor on the AT-ACT Driver are painted white, while the arms, feet, torso, and head are molded in white plastic. You can tell the difference - they look like different materials. The colors do match quite nicely, but it's clearly a different material. The biceps don't quite match the forearms, or at least that's what my eyes seem to see.
My favorite detail is the little reddish/orangey Imperial cog on the visor part of the helmet. It's less obvious that's what this is on the 3 3/4-inch figures, so seeing it blown up here is a treat. I love the stripes, I love the painted shoulder buckles, and the dirt ain't bad either. It's a pretty good figure for the price, and a good idea for an exclusive figure. It's not a significant player in the movie, so some fans could miss it and not care. It's a trooper, so some fans would want a dozen of it. It's similar to other Troopers that people like, so the chance to get more of the same - but different - could be quite engaging. I was unable to find these pre-launch but jumped out at lunch on launch day to snag it and the Blu-Ray/DVD combo set. Clearly the store that offers the exclusive figure on launch day has found a way to get me to buy a new copy of the movie rather than wait a few months for Zia Records to start selling used ones for half price. Kudos, Target and Hasbro.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Target. A few sold prior to launch day, and a bunch were out on launch day despite being seemingly sold out beforehand.
Day 2,362: April 20, 2017