Wars: The Force Unleashed Commemorative Collection (Darth Vader With Incinerator
Collection: 30 (77-07)
Number: N/A (Exclusive)
Source: The Force Unleashed
Availability: September 2008
Hasbro afforded us the opportunity to quickly army build two distinct stormtroopers for our collections with the Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Commemorative Collection sets. Anything with unique Imperials is a surefire hit and it made sense to Hasbro (and fans) that multipacks with multiple army builders were a great idea for an exclusive. Similarly styled to the colorful clone troopers we had seen in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith, we saw what the pure white stormtroopers looked like in the time period directly prior to the Battle Of Yavin. Two sets were created to commemorate the release of The Forced Unleashed video game and fans immediately clamored about how awesome they were, even despite the fact that we got another repacked Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader in them. The Darth Vader With Incinerator Troopers set is maybe not a cool as the Emperor Palpatine With Shadow Troopers, the Incinerator Troopers still hold their own quite strongly. And they look a lot like a red version of the popular Stormtrooper Commander.
The two Incinerator Troopers in this set are identical to each other, just like the Shadow Troopers from the other set are. They are super-articulated, but also just like the Shadow Troopers, their lower body movement is rendered nearly useless thanks to the close proximity of the legs to each other. The figures have awesome upper-body articulation and of course a lot can be done with a ball-jointed head. (The Incinerator Troopers are also repaints of the 2006 TSC Shadow Trooper.) While we think the Shadow Troopers are the cooler characters, we really do love the Incinerator Troopers too. The red color flashes against the white palette of armor are quite impressive and this is all accented by the very accurate green lenses on the helmet. Borrowing elements of the 501st Legion Trooper’s armor decoration patterns mixed with the helmet stripe of the phase I clone troopers, there is no denying that this is clearly a Star Wars universe inspired character. The Incinerator Troopers look great posed with their Imperial blasters, but we just wish we had a little bit more versatility in the lower body to put them into some very cool action poses. (Hasbro, we really need a “ball-jointed hips Stormtrooper” template. Please? Pretty please?)
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