Bio: The dark trooper project is the creation of Imperial General Rohm Mohc to create advanced battle droids. The project is done in phases to refine the design. The Phase One dark trooper has an unfinished appearance and primitive programming. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)
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Commentary: How do you follow up a giant 2009 build-a-droid of such awe-inspiring bulk that you could never top it? Easy-- make its younger, thinner, lamer brother. Dark Trooper Phase I is a never-before-made character with a name fans should recognize. He has a shield accessory, and his vibro-blade is removable but stays on as if it were affixed there permanently. So you can take if off, but since it's part of his wrist, why would you? The figure's articulation is either exceptional or average, depending on what you consider 14 joints these days. As a robot, he works well-- red eyes, lots of silver, and cables galore. He looks like a rough first concept, and as he is one, that means Hasbro did a great job on a figure that some will find thrilling and others will find another toy for the box. I like it, but if it were never made, I wouldn't have missed it. Fans of the game need it, but everyone else? Let your appreciation of the design dictate your purchase. He's a very nicely done figure, but given you've got more than 1,000 choices, he may not be your first. (Unless you want to complete the BG-J38 droid, of which he includes a piece.)
Collector's Notes: I never saw this one in the wilds of retail, as such, I assume your chances of finding one aren't great. Be sure to network and/or buy online, as I would assume this guy and his wave will either be in very short supply, or appear in some huge glut on clearance somewhere in the future. Either way, it's good to be prepared. --Adam Pawlus