Thursday, April 7, 2011

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,517: Imperial Jumptrooper

The Legacy Collection Toys "R" Us Exclusive Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Figure Packs
Item No.:
Asst. 97910 No. 97912
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #2 of 2
Includes: Blaster, rifle, backpack
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $29.99
Availability: April 2010
Appearances: The Force Unleashed

Bio: Imperial jumptroopers use rocket packs to burst through the air in short spurts. These air-to-ground attack troopers are heavily armed, using powerful plasma disruptors and rail detonators that can eliminate enemy targets from any angle. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' desk.

Commentary: In 2010, Hasbro decided to rerelease and revise a number of its Force Unleashed toys at Toys "R" Us for an exclusive boxed set. Some were just minor deco changes, but Hasbro did a good job updating the Imperial Jumptrooper. For starters, it finally has its backpack! The back was retooled and Hasbro made use of a redesigned jetpack similar to what Jango wore, so good call on their part. Check out the big red button and detail when you get yours-- you'll be impressed!

Since it's an exclusive refresh, there aren't a lot of major changes beyond that-- you still get 14 points of articulation, and he can still hold onto his weapons fairly well. The figure is essentially the same basic design from 2009, except now the reds are redder, the whites are whiter, and there's no dirt on the feet-- really, it looks better overall. The basic "enhanced Stormtrooper" design still comes through, and this is easily the better of the two Jumptrooper toys. Improved deco and more gear does wonders to make a good figure even better, so be sure to get this set-- and this figure-- if you're in the market for Force Unleashed toys.

Collector's Notes: The set is basically done shipping, but old stock from the back room keeps popping up around some US Toys "R" Us stores. For $30, this is a fantastic set-- be sure to get it if you see it. More than that, well, that's up to you-- but 5 figures for $30 is a great deal in this era of increasingly expensive toys.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,517: April 7, 2011

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