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The Black Series [Phase III]

First Order Elite Snowtrooper - TBS [P3] - Six Inch Figures (Exclusive)

Name: First Order Elite Snowtrooper
Collection: The Black Series [Phase III]
Number: N/A (TARGET Exclusive)
Scale: 6"
Source: The Rise Of Skywalker
Availability: November 2019
License: Hasbro

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The latest generation of cold weather assault Stormtroopers, Snowtroopers wear advanced insulated armor and helmets that reduce the glare of icy terrain.

The Collector Mystery Box was a desperate attempt for Hasbro to imitate what Funko did with their subscription box service. But instead of mailing directly to homes, Hasbro offered it as a TARGET exclusive. Almost immediately, collectors became concerned what The Black Series [Phase III] 6” figure Hasbro included in the box. But after it was revealed, collectors were rather disappointed with the choice they made. Also, rumors abounded that the figure would eventually be available by itself. That came to pass about a month after the release of the Collector Mystery Box. And now the First Order Elite Stormtrooper is available as a single-packaged The Black Series [Phase III] 6” figure for $24.99. The rest of the contents in the Collector Mystery Box barely are worth the $15 extra. Regardless, the First Order Elite Snowtrooper is the star of the Collector Mystery Box, and it’s a good thing it’s available singly in the Hasbro Star Wars line. With new features including a soft-goods cape and new deco on the figure, the figure feels new. But at the same time, it feels like a cheap rehash as well.

Admittedly, the First Order Elite Snowtrooper is one of our most favorite characters in the First Order. It feels like it’s the right time to add the character back into the 6” line. And now that the figure comes with new gear, it’s make sit all the worthwhile. Yes, these characters were severely underutilized in The Force Awakens, but it may be possible that they will have a great role in Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker. At least we hope they do. But who knows. There is a lot to squeeze into The Rise Of Skywalker. We don’t think they’ll come close to tying up all of the loose ends. Right out of the box, we were overwhelmed with strong similarities this figure has to the concept art interpretations of Commander Faie (BD 24) and Commander Keller from Star Wars: Republic #79. Now, these two characters aren’t exact matches of the First Order Elite Snowtrooper, but the costume approaches are similar, and the connections are uncanny. Collectors of The Vintage Collection line never got a First Order Snowtrooper in the line, and now would be a great time to make that happen.

The double-layered soft-goods cape is gorgeous, and its drape is brilliant and looks beautiful hanging off of the figure’s soldiers. The figure itself is nothing new. Hasbro took 2016’s TBS [P3] First Order Snowtrooper (12) figure and repainted it all over to give it a new style and appearance. You’ll find reds and blues added to the chest area and the sides of the backpack to make it different from previous releases. Also of note, the backpack comes with a soft-goods covering that wraps around it. We have to be honest. We’re not sure if it’s there to protect the backpack accessory, or if it’s part of the costume for this version of snowtrooper. We’ll need to read the included comic to see if we can learn anything more about this curious and included fabric piece. With an outstanding 28 points of articulation, the First Order Elite Snowtrooper poses well. And once again, the character comes without a removable helmet, something we’re glad to see implemented on so many First Order troopers. The figure also comes with a First Order blaster.

Collector Notes

First Order Elite Snowtrooper

Status: First Order Elite Snowtrooper is a stright repack of the figure included with 2019's TBS [P3] Collector Mystery Box TARGET exclusive set.

Articulation Count: 28 points (17 areas of articulation)

Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1), hinge-jointed neck (1), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), ball-jointed left elbow (2), ball-jointed right elbow (2), ball-jointed left wrist (2), ball-jointed right wrist (2), ball-jointed torso (2), ball-socket left hip (1), ball-socket right hip (1), swivel left thigh (1), swivel right thigh (1), double hinge-jointed left knee (2), double hinge-jointed right knee (2), ball-jointed/"rocker" left ankle (2), ball-jointed/"rocker" right ankle (2)

Accessory Count: 4

Accessory Details: First Order blaster, double-layered cape, backpack, soft-goods backpack covering

Date Stamp: N/A

Assortment Number: E7205

UPC: 630509879885

Retail: $24.99 USD

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Added: December 3, 2019
Category: Black Series [Phase III], The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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