Updated: Jul 11, 2019
The Star Wars show debuted a brand new Trooper class in their most recent episode, a Star Wars Episode 9 Sith Trooper. The show was followed up by an article on StarWars.com who have published a better look at this new Trooper and the associated merchandise.
The Sith Trooper, a red armoured trooper, will it seems be the poster character for Rise of Skywalker with the armour on display at SDCC. There are also a number of key products being launched for the Sith Trooper including a Funko Pop, Mug, T-Shirt, Cap, Pin and for those with deep wallets a Hot Toys Sith Trooper.
Our interest however sits with the Hasbro offering as the Sith Trooper will join the 6 inch Star Wars Black Series line. The figure gets an early release as an SDCC 2019 exclusive in this special red and black boxed packaging - alongside a bunch of red highlighted weaponry. The weapons do look somewhat repurposed from the First Order set a couple of years back, but the figure itself is a brand new sculpt with a more angular and ridged helmet and new chest armour pieces.
The figure is a "first release" exclusive, similar to how the original First Order Trooper and then Jyn Erso were treated. The Sith Trooper is therefore very likely to be part of the first wave of Rise of Skywalker figures come Triple Force Friday on the 4th October. What is unlikely to make it to the general release are all the weapons.
The packaging too will remain exclusive. And this box design is consistent with previous release and it will make for a nice display set alongside the First Order Trooper from 2015, Jyn from 2016, Luke & Rey from 2017 and Rex from Hasco 2018.
The good news for UK collectors is that a number of retailers are confident of receiving stocks of this figure with pre-orders due to open after SDCC including our good friends at Kapow Toys. The set may also be brought by Hasbro to LFCC later in the year (speculation at this stage).
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH SITH TROOPER Figure
(HASBRO/Ages 4 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $32/Available at Booth #3329 at Comic-Con International In San Diego)
Fans can imagine fighting for the cause of the First Order and other thrilling scenes from the STAR WARS galaxy with this premium collectible STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH SITH TROOPER action figure. Inspired by scenes from STAR WARS: EPISODE IX: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER, this SITH TROOPER action figure features realistic detailing and premium articulation. Five character-inspired accessories and bright crimson deco make this item a brilliant addition to any STAR WARS toy collection. Includes figure and 5 accessories. Available at San Diego Comic-Con and on HasbroPulse.com following the convention.