The Black Series 2020 Line Look Orange Star Wars The Mandalorian Packaging
Item No.: Asst. E8908 No. E9352
Number: #02 - Star Wars: The Mandalorian
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: August 2020
Appearances: The Mandalorian, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Solo: A Star Wars Story
Bio: Stormtroopers are elite shock troops fanatically loyal to the Empire and impossible to sway from the Imperial cause. They wear imposing white armor, which offers a wide range of survival equipment. (Taken from Hasbro marketing materials.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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The figure seems to have a greater range of motion despite an increase in joints no doubt thanks to smarter cuts around each moving part. The joints aren't as ratchety as previous figures, meaning you can get a smoother experience when coming up with poses. You don't have to worry about the ankles clicking in place just off-balance enough that the figure flops over. He just stands.
The helmet details are changed a bit, with the eyes and mouth appearing just a bit different than before. It seems the eyes may be wider apart, and the mouth is just a smidgen off from the original films. Of more interest, though, the grenade/detonator on the back is recolored a bit and cuts in the white armor seem to expose more of the body glove. This is kind of neat, as it's ridged and not the plain smooth black we usually get.
I do notice some pinching in the soft plastic, particularly in the shoulders. I don't know if this means this plastic is more prone to warping and distortion over time or not, but it's something to look for - it seems to correspond with where the packaging clips on to the figure. It's not cradled as gently as it should be given the materials, and hopefully we'll see the packaging altered for future runs so this won't be an issue.
With rising costs and weirdness in toy production overseas, you only get one blaster - but that's all you really need here. Perhaps weapons packs or deluxe troopers will follow, but this is the one you're going to want to troop build. Hopefully Hasbro continues running them for years to come, as it can stand and sit without a fuss. If there were more vehicles this would be very exciting, but it's nice to see figures future-proofed should a massive Troop Transport or some sort of Imperial tank ever get produced. (It won't, don't get your hopes up.) If you're not a troop fanatic and are happy with your existing army, don't worry - you'll be fine. But if you want to see Hasbro make tons of corrections to previous trooper mistakes, this is $20 (or $40, or $600) well spent.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.
Day 2,739: October 16, 2020