The Force Awakens The Black Series 6-Inch Figure Walmart Exclusive
Item No.: No. B4996
Includes: Rifle, pistol
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: November 2015
Appearances: Star Wars Battlefront
Bio: Adept with heavy weaponry, Shock Troopers serve as elite frontline forces and even as bodyguards for the Emperor himself. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
Availability: Click here to buy it at Amazon now!
At $1 below non-exclusive regular figures, this is probably the best 6-inch value of the year. Having not played the game - I only own a Wii U from the new console generation - I can't vouch for its on-screen accuracy. I can, however, say it delivers prequel markings on trilogy figures. Perhaps it's blasphemous, but I like it - there's only so much Hasbro can do to exploit its tooling library, and this is certainly more interesting than battle damage. It's also frustrating because here's yet another figure that exists in the 6-inch line that doesn't exist as a 3 3/4-inch figure. It is neat, though, but as with many of these figures this was bought out of habit as much as a hobby - I have zero emotional attachment to it other than that it looks cool. Part of me wishes the line launched with this figure, because it's really nice - clean paint lines, glossy red shoulders and lower legs, and it's just so pretty to look at. But now, in the context of a line of dozens of 6-inch figures, it struggles to stand out.
Collector's Notes: I got mine at Walmart on November 16 during what ended up being a roughly 3-hour hunt. This is what happens when your wife leaves you alone for the night and you write about toys.
Day 2,246: November 26, 2015