The Black Series GameStop Exclusive
Item No.: No. E9993
Includes: Staff, 2 energy pieces
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: October 2019
Appearances: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Bio: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order features Purge Troopers, a new class of soldiers who assist the Inquisitors in hunting down any remaining Jedi. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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Purge Stormtrooper [FOTD #2,686] from 2019. In many respects the figure is very similar, with the differences being a much less dramatic paint job and a new staff (that's good) and magnum-sized electricity blasts for a snug-fit pole. They slide right off - they're bad. Fans are likely to want this figure for either the new accessory, which isn't very good, or just for the trooper because they missed the previous edition.
In 2021, this figure feels old. It uses the original Clone Trooper body with double-jointed (stiff) knees and elbows, making it harder to pose and keep him upright. Had this figure used the new 2020 body, it would undoubtedly feel more stable. It has a lot less red than the previous release (and fell over for the fourth or fifth time since I started to write this), with a very dark lens on the helmet, no red markings on the "face," one nice big Imperial cog on the left shoulder, and one masked (but present) on the right under the dark black pauldron. He has the grey chevrons, though, but is largely just a very black Clone Trooper body with an Airborne Clone head. The black is incredibly glossy and looks like a premium product, so for those of you who keep your figures in a box, go ahead and keep leaving it in the box.
For completists or fans of the game, I assume this is a fun buy. The figure is nice, and if they did a better job with the accessories I would say it was a worthwhile purchase. As it is, I feel I got taken for yet another $25. A bad figure hurts a lot less in the 3 3/4-inch line thanks to the lower costs, but here each $25 disappointment adds up quickly. If you have the chance to get the previous release from a reissue (or a lucky find), get that one first. Get this one if you like losing more accessories to gravity.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from GameStop.
Day 2,771: January 21, 2021