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Review : Star Wars Black Series Sith Jet Trooper, The Rise of Skywalker


The Sith Jet Trooper was seen briefly in the final battle on Exegol. It is simply a red armoured version of the standard First Order Jet Trooper so it made sense for Hasbro to use the Jet Trooper sculpt from Wave 23 to release the Sith version in Wave 24. The figure landed in early 2020 alongside other Rise of Skywalker figures Zorii Bliss and the Knight of Ren.

Packaging 4.0


The Sith Jet Trooper is number 106 in the Phase 3 packaging and features the usual red side spine and red backing card for the figure that actually leaves the figure itself getting a bit lost.


The Gregory Titus artwork is not a copy from the #99 Jet Trooper, but is a new illustration and this gives a clearer look at the lines and panelling of the helmet. The artwork is repeated on the back of the box with a short piece of background text


"In its ultimate push toward galactic conquest, the First Order readies an army of elite soldiers that draw inspiration from dark and ancient legacy"



Paint & Sculpt 4.0


The Sith Jet Trooper design borrows a lot of elements from previous First Order troopers, but the figure does not appear to re-use any parts from previous First Order Troopers although the body is a complete re-use of the original white armoured Jet Trooper. The helmet is a cross between a Snowtrooper and a Stormtrooper with sleek flared lines and black painted panel lining and visor.


The body is covered predominantly by a large chest piece, complete with some decal work. The jet pack sits on the back of this section with a wide vent area at the top. The decals under this vent are black with a yellow symbol to one side.


The figure is cast in a red plastic for most of the armour but there is a section under the main chest piece which is cast in black plastic and then painted. That can look mismatched in very strong light. It is difficult to comment on how accurate the figure and colouring is considering the Sith Jet Troopers were only seen fleetingly on screen and in the dark light of Exegol's atmosphere.



Accessories 4.0


Rather than the three barrelled blaster that was included with the original Jet Trooper, the Sith version gets the same weapon as the Sith Trooper figure. This is a large barreled blaster with holes down the barrel and with a sights section set to the back end.

It is cast in black with red trim and some silver detail on the sights. It fits in the right hand with a trigger finger sitting in the trigger once the blaster is in hand. The blaster can also be hip mounted by means of a peg on the side of the blaster that corresponds to a slot in the hip of the Sith Jet Trooper.



Articulation 3.5


Our Sith Jet Trooper has 16 points of articulation in total. The upper body mobility is good with a lot of range on the torso joint under the armour. Arms can do most poses and can be raised fully with the shoulder armour withdrawing under the chest as the arms are raised. The elbows give enough for a rudimentary two handed weapon pose, but only at a carry position - no real firing options.


Head : ball joint neck

Body : torso ball joint

Arms : ball joint shoulders, single joint rotating elbow, wrist pivot

Legs : ball joint hops, thigh swivel, double joint knee, ankle rocker


Like a lot of armoured figures the legs are a bit restricted by the thigh armour. You won't get the legs to raise into anything other than a wider action stance. As a "flying" character the figure does look awesome when placed onto an aftermarket flight stand



Summary


As a figure, there is nothing inherently wrong with the Sith Jet Trooper. It looks great, it articulates well enough and the accessory does what you would expect. The box is fine, although reviewing this after the switch to the new Galaxy Collection Phase 4 packaging does highlight the uniform and repetitive nature of the Phase 3 box and in particular the colours.



The big issue for me is that I find it difficult to relate to the figure considering the very limited screen time. While it is an "easy" repaint for Hasbro, there are a number of other figures I would have much preferred to have seen from The Rise of Skywalker.


Putting aside this screen time issue and my lack of engagement with the design and considering the figure and its component parts - then I score the Sith Jet Trooper an above average 4.0




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