Soldier of the Final Order
Protecting the skies over Exegol as the Sith Fleet launches are elite airborne soldiers, the next step beyond the standard jetpack-equipped stormtrooper. With intense training and advanced gear, the Sith jet trooper is an intelligent airborne projectile capable of devastating rapid strikes – Pablo Hidalgo, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – The Visual Dictionary
Introduced on May 15, 2020, five months after the theatrical release of Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, Hasbro’s Star Wars The Black Series Sith Jet Trooper is an impressive 6-inch scale action figure based on the crimson-armored soldiers of the 109th Battalion of the Sith Eternal army’s aerial infantry.
Sith Jet Troopers wear red armor over a black body glove, both of which are based on the First Order’s aerial infantry combat gear, except that the Sith variants’ armor is crimson, in homage to Emperor Palpatine’s Imperial Royal Guard and the late Supreme Leader Snoke’s Praetorian Guard. Sith Jet Troopers use NJP-900 jetpacks and wield F-11ABA heavy blaster cannon to overwhelm their enemies with deadly firepower.
Sith Jet Troopers of Lanrovak, Parang, and Warblade Squads saw action at the Battle of Exegol. They inflicted heavy casualties on the Resistance forces attacking the Final Order’s Star Destroyer Steadfast. They were destroyed, however, when Resistance fighters led by Finn and Jannah used a hot-wired laser cannon to destroy the Steadfast’s command deck and caused the Star Destroyer to crash onto Exegol’s surface.
Released in May of 2020, Hasbro’s Star Wars The Black Series Sith Jet Trooper 6-inch action figure depicts one of the intimidating red clad warriors seen in the ninth and final Episode of the Skywalker Saga. It is the 106th figure in Hasbro’s Star Wars The Black Series line, and even though it’s not based on a “major character” along the lines of Rey, Jannah, or Supreme Leader Kylo Ren, it’s still an awesome figure.
In its ultimate push toward galactic conquest, the First Order readies an army of elite soldiers that draw inspiration from a dark and ancient legacy! – Hasbro Star Wars The Black Series Sith Jet Trooper package blurb
The figure represents the resurrected Emperor Palpatine’s Final Order’s most advanced “ground pounder,” which unlike its First Order counterpart, is clad in blood-red armor, with a yellow specialist’s insignia – a stylized rendition of thrust cones – stenciled on the left breastplate and on the jetpack itself.
The Sith Jet Trooper is a striking figure; its sculpt and paint job accurately replicate such details as the aileron finlets on the trooper’s boots, the black sensor-lined full-seal body glove, the glare-reducing slit visor on the helmet’s face, and the jetpack’s turbine air-scoop inlet and filter. The contours of this trooper’s armor are more streamlined than those of the basic Sith trooper in order to reduce drag during flight.
Sith Jet Trooper comes with a single accessory: a replica of the amplified F-11ABA heavy blaster cannon. Like the trooper figure, the blaster cannon is rendered in red-and-black, a palette chosen by the evil Palpatine’s Sith Eternal cult to strike fear against any opposition to the emerging Final Order.
The 6-inch scale Black Series figure is detailed to look like the Sith Jet Trooper character from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, featuring premium detail and multiple points of articulation. – Hasbro promotional blurb.
As is the case with Hasbro’s “human” or “humanoid” character figures from Star Wars The Black Series, Sith Jet Trooper has multiple points of articulation (POAs) that allow fans and collectors alike to place their figure in lifelike poses. Whereas the original Kenner 3.75-inch action figures from the late 1970s and early 1980s had, at most, five POAs, Sith Jet Trooper has at least 12.
I bought this Star Wars The Black Series action figure during one of my infrequent trips to Amazon to add a few new figures to a collection that, by necessity, has to be a limited rather than a completist effort. Figures aren’t exactly cheap; the average price for Black Series figures – as set by Hasbro – runs between $19.99 and $24.99, with “deluxe” figures falling into the higher price range. (Interestingly, the cost is not a result of Hasbro jacking up prices to squeeze collectors or fans out of their hard-earned money; if inflation wasn’t a “thing” and the dollar’s buying ability in 2020 was the same as in 1978, today’s figures would probably cost between $1.98 and $4.99. Alas, inflation exists.)
I also don’t have an entire house or apartment all to myself, so my ability to display or store my collectibles is limited. (I could, in theory, buy every Star Wars The Black Series figure if I had the resources, but most of them would end up in bins tucked away either in my closet or the attic.
I got this figure because I realized that although I have a few variants of Kylo Ren and one Supreme Leader Snoke, I really don’t have many First/Final Order characters in my collection. I also wanted to make sure I had a “villain” figure from each Episode, and Sith Jet Trooper was perhaps the most striking of the ones I saw on Amazon. So, I ordered him.
As I said earlier, Hasbro’s Sith Jet Trooper is eye-catching, even in its black-and-red packaging. Every detail is accurately replicated; I compared the figure to the image in DK Books’ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – The Visual Dictionary, a canonical reference book by Lucasfilm Story Group member Pablo Hidalgo.
Due to the limited amount of shelf space and my desire to keep the figure and its accessory in pristine condition, chances are that Sith Jet Trooper will stay in its distinctive red-and-black Star Wars The Black Series box. I can still put it on one of my Billy bookcases from Ikea and still be sure that it won’t get dusty, be exposed to extreme sunlight, or lose its F-11ABA heavy blaster.
This is definitely a cool-looking Star Wars collectible, especially for fans of the Galactic Empire and its successor regimes, the First Order and the Sith Eternal.
As always, I hope you enjoyed reading this review as much as I enjoyed writing it. And until next time, May the Force be with you.