Wednesday, March 31, 2010
#32: Star Wars comic pack Stormtrooper and Blackhole hologram
I think this is the only comic pack that does this, but rather than a regular comic book, this one comes with a reprinting of some of the early Star Wars newspaper strips. It's super early Expanded Universe, right after Star Wars, so things are a little different than what you are used to in the EU. A highlight is Luke unwittingly using the Force to do well in a casino. It also marks what is likely the first appearance of a Stormtrooper in non-standard armor. One of those Stormtroopers is what we get here. They are under the command of Blackhole, the mysterious head of Imperial Intelligence. He only appears in the form of a hologram, which is also included here. The Stormtrooper is the standard Stormie, with removable helmet. He has a decidedly unhealthy looking pallor under the helmet, which is a bit of a departure. The helmet seems pretty loose. Since one figure and an unarticulated hologram about half the size of a figure would seem like kind of a ripoff for the price, there's also an interrogation droid included, along with a detachable base. I actually like it better than the hologram. It doesn't actually appear in the comic, but at the end Luke and Leia are in the hands of Blackhole's forces, so presumably it will be coming into play during the next issue. There have been releases of shadow Stormtroopers which look similar, but this is the only way to get this version of the Stormtrooper. If you're like me and glad to have another slightly different Stormie, this is a good set to get.