Rogue One Two Pack Action Figures
Item No.: Asst. B7073 No. C0928
Includes: 2 figures, 2 rifles, 1 backpack rocket launcher, 2 projectiles
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: October 2017
Appearances: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Bio: Relishing the thrill of action, Bistan fights to ensure the freedom of fellow Iakaru, taking on enemies like Imperial stormtroopers. Specialist stormtroopers stationed at the top secret Imperial military headquarters on Scarif, Shoretroopers patrol the beaches and bunkers of the planetary facility. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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If you bought a Wave 3 Shoretrooper [FOTD #2,343], you might recognize the core figure as being basically identical. It's notable that the original plain trooper was made in China and this Captain was made in Vietnam, so there are some very minor changes between the molds - but they're functionally identical with the Captain having a more rubbery "skirt." Aside from copyright markings, the other changes are crisper details. The texture on the thighs are just a little more detailed, and the helmet looks a lot sharper. The other big difference of course, is a smattering of blue and yellow - the Captain has a lot more color than the rank and file troop.
It's also worth noting that the blasters changed. The single-carded plain Shoretrooper is blacker and has more detail - certain dongles are missing from the Captain's blaster, which is also a little more brown. So far it seems that Vietnam tends to make better figures, with China having the better accessories, so if you want the best of everything you'll need to be a completist. Unless you squint, though, I doubt you'd even realize there was a difference between them.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth where it is a de facto exclusive shared with its EE Distribution wholesale wing. I work there, so you know how biased I can be.
Day 2,428: November 22, 2017