I’m winding down the last few days at work until vacation and that means I’ve got a lot of shit to do and not a lot of time for bloggery. So today I’m coming at you with a quick-and-dirty Feature of a figure that I’ve basically already looked at. The First Order Snowtrooper Officer was released late last year as a Toys R Us Exclusive and was followed more recently by the regular rank-and-file version, which I’m checking out today. This also enables me to open these guys and get two more figures off of the pile on the floor of the closet. And eureka… the pile is almost gone… I can see carpet!
Packaged shot! You don’t need to talk about the packaged shot. I don’t need to talk about the packaged shot. There’s nothing new to report. There’s nothing new to report. You can move on. Moving on…
Last time, I commented about how I like the Original Trilogy Snowtroopers design better than these First Order guys, and I’m sticking to that. of course, that’s also like me saying, I like prime rib better than cheeseburgers. It’s all good, and this new design is still plenty cool. Plus, these are now among my favorite 6-inch Black Series figures, or at least my favorites from The Force Awakens assortment. The quality of paint and plastic is excellent. What should be glossy is glossy, what should be matte is matte, and while there aren’t a ton of paint apps, what’s here is all pretty nice and sharp. The consistency between these two figures is also a lot better than the handful of regular First Order (or Imperial) Stormtroopers I have. Don’t even get me started on the drop in quality between these guys and my Flametrooper. There’s a good reason I only own one of them.
As expected, these guys are identical to the Snowtrooper Officer in both sculpt and paint. The only difference is their lack of paldron. The backpacks simply peg into the back and alas, there’s still nowhere to clip the guns, but maybe that was the case with the costumes as well. And speaking of guns, the guns are the same too. I really dig the sculpt and paint on these rifles.
Obviously, articulation is the same as we saw on the Officer as well. The arms feature rotating hinges in the shoulders, elbows, and wrists, but still no bicep swivels. The legs have ball jointed hips, and yes that pesky kama still restricts the movement a bit. The knees are double hinged, there are swivels in the thighs and the ankles feature rotating hinges and lateral rockers. There’s a ball joint in the torso and the neck is also is ball jointed. The articulation isn’t totally ideal, but it’s plenty good for what we’ve been seeing out of the 6-inch Black Series.
Suffice it to say, I love these figures and getting them open and playing around with them has made me realize how badly I want the 6-inch Black Imperial Snowtroopers. It’s worth noting that Hasbro seems to have recognized the demand for troop builders as these guys were double packed in their case and they are readily available at several retailers for under the usual $20 retail. And yes, that means I’ll probably be picking up at least a couple more.
“The Lieutenant’s been hit!”
“Pfft. Officers… AmIright?”