Collection: Legacy Collection
Source: Expanded Universe (Star Wars: Early Adventures #1)
Availability: March 2010
Shadow stormtroopers capture Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia on Vorzyd V. The Rebels are on the planet, also known as the Gambler's World, to stop the evil Empire's main source of income. After kidnapping the Rebels, the stormtroopers speak with Blackhole, the Imperial Intelligence Director, who orders the prisoners interrogated by an IT-O Droid.
Perhaps the very first Expanded Universe character in modern collecting that made it into the mainstream of the collector psyche was the Blackhole Stormtrooper. A standout character due to its familiar look but with opposite characteristics, it took a while for Hasbro to knock one out. But Gentle Giant Ltd., Medicom Toy and other licensees made this Imperial soldier a priority and it just took some time for Hasbro to give us their impression. Hasbro finally did get one out to us and released one as an exclusive in 2006's The Saga Collection (with a special silver stand) and it quickly became a collector favorite figure, quickly selling and being army built in many collectors' homes. In fact, the exclusive version of it didn't meet collector demand and it was rereleased in 2008's TAC Saga Legends line (an Fans' Choice winner) but this time it came with a special black Expanded Universe coin. This figure also sold through very briskly too. Something about a "reverse" Stormtrooper action figure is quite intriguing and exciting apparently and every action figure version of them seems to be a hit with collectors. And since the character's origin dates back to the Gambler's World comic strip series by Russ Manning in 1979, it is essentially a vintage character in spirit despite not being from the original three films. Thanks to a desire for everything EU lately, it appears that the Blackhole Stormtrooper/Shadow Stormtrooper will continue to be a mainstay in the modern toy line.
Hasbro has given us a plethora of "black" stormtroopers since that first 2006 exclusive and it gets another turn in the 2010 Comic Packs line (and it will be one of the last sets we should see for quite some time). Debuting in this set however is the Blackhole Hologram, who actually looks quite a bit different from its comic book appearance. This faux-Emperor-like visage is interesting to say the least and a very spooky accessory in this Comic Packs set. But it is arguably one of the cooler ones we have seen in this sub-line of Expanded Universe figures. It is tooled very well and has a nice mixture a clear white and clear black plastic swirled throughout it very athletic physique. And to make the point of it being a hologram, Hasbro has incorporated "sparkles" as painted stars on both sides of this miniature figure. It looks splendid and while we don't think this equals the value of a second figure, it is still cool to have it finally. The Stormtrooper is made from the 2007 TAC Imperial Stormtrooper (No. 20) mold (the 2008 TAC GameStop exclusive Stormtrooper Commander also uses this sculpt) and it is a fair choice for this character. But the loose-fitting helmet wobbles around too much and sits a little askew on the figure's head. It is not terribly distracting, but we feel it was a figure that didn't need to be crafted with a removable helmet. Once again, non-removable helmets add a level of mystery of ominousness to Star Wars characters we know very little about, so to put a face with the mystery sort of gives unnecessary answers to long term questions (that should remain questions).
Assortment Number: 89780/87504
Retail: $13.99 USD
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Status: Stormtrooper is a rework of 2007's TAC Imperial Stormtrooper (No. 20) figure.
Articulation Count: 14
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel wrists, ball-jointed torso, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: 4
Accessory Details: removable helmet, blaster rifle, IT-O Droid, IT-O Droid stand
Date Stamp: 2005
Articulation Count: None
Articulation Details: None
Accessory Count: None
Accessory Details: None
Date Stamp: 2009
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