Trooper Phase III
Collection: Legacy Collection
Number: N/A (Build A Droid) (Exclusive)
Source: Expanded Universe (Star Wars: Dark Forces)
Availability: August 2009
Hasbro certainly upped the ante with their second series of Walmart exclusive Droid Factory sets. And by this we mean the buildable droid itself because it is unbelievable! The two-packs were primarily all based from the various Expanded Universe sources in one form or another. Besides a few surprise characters and neat accessories, the figures in the two-packs weren’t anything too exciting. But the Build A Droid figure for this group was the reason to buy the sets. Hasbro designed the mammoth Dark Trooper Phase III and it is one big droid. He is actually huge, and Hasbro cleverly fit his nine separate parts into only five different two packs (unlike six sets for the first go around). Some of the two packs come with two limbs while others come with just one part. But regardless of the arrangement and assortment of the parts, they come together to form one big, massive and awesome Dark Trooper action figure. What's more impressive is that he is super-articulated, sporting 14 points (16 points if you count his movable/removable shoulder armor). We think Hasbro has reached a new plateau when it comes to the Build A Droid platform and the Dark Trooper is indeed the most impressive. Hasbro has stated that this was the only way that they could have brought this figure to collectors due to its sheer size. It would never fit in the basic line packaging. When all is said and done, Dark Trooper towers over and simply dwarfs the phase II silver Dark Trooper figure (previously available in 1998's POTF Expanded Universe and 2007's TAC Saga Legends collections).
The range of movement for the new Dark Trooper Phase III figure is simply incredible. And while the old phase II version was excellent for its time, we have been treated to a marvelous new creation that renders the 1998 version obsolete. Dark Trooper towers over 2008's TLC General Grievous (BD 25) figure and all of the Chewbacca figures released to date (as far as height is concerned) and when it comes to breadth and width, well, just forget about it. He rivals most all other figures as perhaps the broadest trooper or army builder we have ever received. His stature is foreboding and intimidating and the look on his 'face' clearly intimates that any onlooker should stay far away! Dark Trooper Phase III has been colored excellently and the contrast of the blacks and silvers used to decorate him clearly express that it is manufactured from some metallic based material. The "solid" look of him is truly stunning and the areas that do show some silver highlights that show the distinct separation of the outer armor and “body glove” if he were to have one. The Dark Trooper is also accented with red details here and there and they are painted so brightly that they almost look like lit lights. The glowing illusion is a testament to how well this figure is painted and it also implies the various functionalities that are on its backpack. The Dark Trooper’s large gun also has plenty of red on it as well. It is a fantastic use of color and it doesn't overshadow its dark, brooding, and threatening presence. These droids were nicknamed 'bipedal tanks', so you know that they were intended to be quite a formidable enemy and defender of their cause. The Dark Trooper is indeed an amazing droid.
Status: Dark Trooper Phase III is an all-new figure. It can be built from 10 individual parts split across the following multipacks:
General Grievous/CB-3D (1 of 5) – Dark Trooper Phase III head/blaster
Anakin Skywalker/Cortosis Battle Droid (2 of 5) – Dark Trooper Phase III left arm/right arm
Boba Fett/BL-17 (3 of 5) – Dark Trooper Phase III jetpack
Darth Maul/I-5YQ (4 of 5) – Dark Trooper Phase III left leg/right leg
Corran Horn/R2 Whistler (5 of 5) – Dark Trooper Phase III torso/left shoulder armor/right shoulder armor
Articulation Count: 14 points
Articulation Details: swivel 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: 2 removable shoulder armor pieces, removable jetpack, blaster rifle
Date Stamp: 2009
Assortment Number: None
Retail: $0.00 USD
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Collection Droid Factory
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