Whether we’re talking Boom Tubes or retcons, there’s plenty of jargon in the world of comics. The PoP! Stars are here to ensure you’re not left scratching your head, saying “It’s All Geek to Me.”
Troop Build - v. 1) to purchase multiples of the same figure, usually a nameless grunt, to create the effect of having an army. n. 1) a collection of troop builders “That’s a great troop build you put together with those Clone Troopers, Chris.”
Variation – Army build/builder – to collect multiples not only of figures, but vehicles as well
Troop building is a sub-hobby of the collector elite, most often those who lean toward opening and displaying their figures rather than leaving them mint-in-package. Not satisfied with merely having one of everything, the troop builder will purchase two or more of any nameless, faceless grunt to distinguish them from the unique characters and/or create a show of force. A single Shredder figure is fine, as there is only one Shredder – display only one Foot Soldier, however, and it becomes unclear that he’s part of a larger army.
As soon as the second figure makes its appearance in a display, the character’s status as a troop builder is established. Some collectors, however, carry troop building to an extreme, truly establishing whole armies.