Saturday, December 17, 2016

Star Wars The Black Series 6" Director Krennic & Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader (Rogue One)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was okay. It felt kinda lacking. I think it just needed a bit more urgency. The first third of the movie is choppy and slow. Thankfully it gets better after that. The characters again are okay but didn't really give me that extra "I must get that figure" feeling. If I had to pick one it'll probably be Jyn. There's lots of great action and the visuals are stunning. I love the final battle scene. And Darth Vader was great! There are several cameos and easter eggs so do look out for them. Right, now here's a look at two characters from the movie, Director Krennic and the Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader.

Director Krennic is the first figure we've got of a character in the classic Imperial Military uniform. You would have expected someone like Grand Moff Tarkin to be released first. But no matter I think we can expect to see more Imperial Officers in the future. Director Krennic's uniform is white in colour. I was unsure as to who gets to wear the white uniform so I did a quick Google. It seems that persons who deal with matters regarding Intelligence typically wears it. Krennic is the director of Advanced Weapons Research so it makes sense. He wears a white cape as well which is unusual. It sets him apart from others and gives him a stronger presence I feel. The cape is a separate piece on the figure and drapes very nicely over his shoulders. I love the look and shape of it. It's textured and has great detail on it. You can make out the seams and there's lots of creases and wrinkles in it.

Here he is without the cape. The skirt section looks a bit too wide here. The belt and gun holster were sculpted on. His whole uniform is textured which is great! And again there's nice detail on it. The rank pins and the code cylinders were sculpted and well painted. His boots are shiny which helps them stand out from his pants. I think he's got a great head sculpt. There's a good likeness. He seems to have a "pissed off" expression. His eyes were painted looking up which is annoying.

Accessories. He comes with a longish blaster pistol. It has nice sculpted detail and it's also got some paint detail on it. 

The pistol may be stored in the holster on his belt. He's left handed and so the handle of the pistol should be pointed outwards. I'm so used to characters being right handed that I've made the mistake of holstering the pistol the wrong way in some of the pics...

Next up is the Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader. This is the my favourite look of this particular Stormtrooper for the colours. I love the blue going across the armour. It makes him more interesting and less plain looking. The armour has got great sculpted detail. I've read that the body uses similar parts to the Hovertank Pilot, a figure which I don't have as yet. The armour is weathered, hence has "yellowed". And there's a good amount of "dirt and mud" on him. Very Nice! The pants is textured and has wrinkles in it. The belt and "skirt" portion is a separate piece.

He comes with a heavy blaster rifle of some sort. There's great sculpted detail on it and there's some silver paint detail around the start of the double barrels.

Articulation. Director Krennic has a ball hinge neck, ball hinge shoulders, swivel hinge elbows, swivel hinge wrists, ball joint torso, ball hips, thigh swivel, double jointed knees and ankle hinge and pivot. He can look up and down well. Leg articulation is a little restricted by the hanging portion of his uniform. Arm and leg articulation is restricted while wearing the cape and there are not many nice poses he can do. 

The Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader has got a ball joint neck, ball hinge shoulders, swivel hinge elbows, swivel with up and down hinge right wrist, swivel hinge left wrist. ball joint torso, thigh swivel, double jointed knees and ankle hinge and pivot. He can look up and down well. There's enough allowance at the shoulder joint for the shoulder pads to go into the joint and he can stretch his arms out to the sides well. The ankle hinge is restricted by the leg armour and he cannot step forward as much as I would like.

Comparison shots.

Both figures are nice. Thanks for viewing!

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