When Hasbro first announced the Star Wars Black Series AT-ACT figure was coming out last month, I was like “What a stupid character. I don’t need that!” And yet, just two days after sightings of the figure started to appear in stores, here we are. I admit it: I’m weak. Regardless, the Target Exclusive AT-ACT Driver Black Series figure has now joined my collection, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t post a review and photos so you can decide if adding him is right for your collection…
Of course, never having spotted a character in the film before (I’m talking about you, R3-T7) has never stopped me from buying an action figure of said character before, so why should it start to both me now?
And so, as soon as BrickSeek showed that a nearby(-ish) Target had the AT-ACT Driver DPCI 087-06-1115 in stock this morning, I shot over to pick out the one I liked best of the eleven (yes, eleven) that they had on-hand. Based on the huge numbers of these already being found in stores, it’s pretty clear this Hasbro exclusive isn’t gonna be rare. Thumbs up, Hasbro.
If you own any of the Black Series Scarif Trooper (AKA Shore Trooper) figures that hit stores late last year, then you’re familiar with this mold. The AT-ACT Pilot is a re-colored Shoretrooper in the movie, and he’s accurately such here as well. Other than having a different belt, this is the exact same figure repainted.
The new white and black color scheme of the Black Series AT-ACT Driver makes the design feel reminiscent of both the OT Biker Scout and AT-AT Driver, both of which nostalgic favorites of mine from yesteryear.
Even though this guy drives a really big bus (okay, walker), Hasbro still put a lot of weathering on his armor, and I think it looks excellent. I had plenty of this figure in front of me to choose from–and I went for the one that look dirtiest–but all of the options available had terrific-looking paint deco.
he only area where I think some folks may find this toy lacking is the articulation. There’s no swivel waist or boots or biceps, there’s no double-jointed elbows… but in the case of this character, is that really an issue? It isn’t for me, but your tolerance for not-quite-super-articulated vehicle drivers may vary.
Other than the fact that this poor guy will leave some collectors pining for a 6″ Black Series AT-ACT vehicle that is never going to happen, there’s really not a thing here that I can think of to be salty about.
Overall: This Rogue One Black Series AT-ACT Driver figure might be just a repaint of the Shoretrooper, but it turns out to be a great-looking toy that will get more action than the character ever did in the Rogue One movie. Not every collector is going to feel the need to own a $20 six inch version of this particular ultra-obscure trooper, but even as a former naysayer, I really dig this 6″ AT-ACT Driver. An excellent figure of a character I never thought I wanted a toy of.