Let me lay my cards on the table right now. I have nothing bad to say about this figure. Discounting Han, who is the infamous repeat from the last wave, this Stormtrooper is certainly the best of what Wave 3 has to offer. So let me use this space to just bitch about Hasbro’s case Wave 3 case assortment. So far the 6-inch Black figures have been one per case. That is to say, each wave makes up its own little case of four figures. I thought that was a great idea up until now when Hasbro decides to fill a vacant slot with a repeat. Having only three new figures for Wave 3 was the perfect opportunity to pack two Stormtroopers into the case and make every fan happy. Hasbro, by your own admission this is a collector’s line. Collectors army build. How are you not seeing this? Everybody wants multiples of this guy. That’s why he’s selling for $45 on Amazon right now. Why am I pitching this fit here? Because I love this figure and I’d really like to get a couple more of them, that’s why. Ok, the rant’s over, let’s look at the figure…
There’s the Stormtrooper in his package and much like the Sasquatch or the Jersey Devil, this is not something you’re likely to see in the wild. I dare say your average Imperial Stormtrooper has a better chance of hitting something he’s aiming at than me finding this figure in the toy aisles. In fact, if you’ve ever seen this hanging on a peg count yourself among the blessed. It’s like an angel kissed your cheek. Sadly, it’ll never happen to me. The Walmarts here don’t even carry the line. The Targets are choked with X-Wing Luke’s and R2’s and the nearest TRU is an hour away and even if they weren’t I’d bet they’re charging Ebay prices. No, I got my lone Stormy in a case I ordered online. I had to choke down a mediocre Prequel Obi-Wan and a second Han Solo. And it was still a better deal than buying a single Stormtrooper online. I know, I said the rant was over, but I’ve got nothing new to say about the packaging, so I meandered.
Ah, gorgeous! Hasbro did a wonderful job on the Sandtrooper and they did it again here. A lot of knee-jerk reactions to this figure suggested it was just a straight repaint of the previous grimy trooper. I hate scrutinizing subtle differences between figures, but you don’t have to have a sharp eye to see some of the differences in the armor. The two most obvious changes are the resculpted left knee and lower abdomen. Minor changes? Maybe, but let’s give credit where it’s due. I also happen to love that Hasbro kept the peg hole in the back so you could have him wear the backpack from the Sandtrooper for the rarely seen pre-deployment Tatooine Trooper. You can have him sitting in the dropship chatting with his squad mates. “I hear it’s hot down there… you think it’s hot down there?” “Maybe. As long as there isn’t any sand. I hate sand. It gets everywhere.”
Articulation is exactly what we saw on the Sandtrooper, which isn’t a bad thing at all. The neck, shoulders, hips, wrists, and ankles are all ball jointed. The arms have swivels in the biceps and double-hinges in the elbows. The legs have swivels at the hips and double hinges in the knees. The torso also features a ball joint with a solid range of movement. Yes, the sculpted armor still restricts some of the range of movement, but I have to imagine that would be the case with the actual dudes in armor.
The Stormtrooper comes with two weapons. First you get his E-11 Blaster, which is the same piece that came with the Sandy. This figure, however, does have a functional holster on his belt to store the weapon, which is awesome. The other weapon is a rifle, which is different from the longer, thinner one we got with the Sandtrooper. He can hold both of them really well.
I suppose it’s a good thing when all I can do is bitch about distribution. I was jonesing for this Stormtrooper the moment the 6-inch Black line was announced and now that I have him he’s proven to be all that I wanted him to be. The armor looks great, he’s loads of fun to play with, and the only bad thing about him is that he doesn’t have a couple of friends to hang out with. I reckon when 6-inch Vader does finally get released, I’ll be willing to pony up a premium to get just one more of these guys so that I can have them flanking him on the shelf. On the other hand, Hasbro answered the call about complaints over collectors not being able to find some of the recent Marvel Legends figures. That particular wave of figures will be re-released, so maybe they’ll get the message here as well.