Oh, Star Wars. What am I going to do with you? You’re cool, but you’re not my most favorite thing. You have plenty of collectors. Do you really need one more? Did you really have to finally make your case in the six-inch scale? Did you really have to be such great figures?
Well, I shouldn’t use the plural yet. I don’t know if they’ll all be great figures. I have one so far. A Sandtrooper. I have Wave One in my BBTS POL, so I didn’t need to buy any today when I found Wave One at TRU. But, hey, it’s a Sandtrooper. I can have two of those, right? Right?
The Sandtrooper may not look like the sexiest figure from the first bunch. He’s not even a unique character. But the base figure, the Stormtrooper, is just as iconic as anyone in the wave, if not a little more so. He’s been sitting on my desk since the photo shoot and I’m a bit mesmerized by him. First of all, he’s so “big”. Except not really – he clocks in at the expected 6”, but it is weird to finally see a Sandtrooper in my preferred scale.
I know there have been some awesome troopers in the smaller lines – I have a pretty exceptional 4” Shadow Trooper somewhere, still unpacked from the move.
But, see, that’s the thing. I’ve been here in the new place for about half a year. I still haven’t unpacked any Star Wars figures. Part of my collector brain wants to know what I’m doing buying Star Wars figures. The last Star Wars figure I bought, Darth Malgus, has never been opened. The one before that was some pink girl with a silver suit and a big head. Again, never opened. So as I’ve been contemplating Star Wars Black’s 6” figures. I’ve been cautious.
But there’s no tinge of guilt this evening. This Sandtrooper rocks.
I know because I haven’t been able to put him down all day. I could (& probably will) nitpick a detail here or there, but I’m not kidding when I say just about everything is working in concert to make this a great figure.
The sculpt, looks awesome even with all the smooth surfaces provided by the source material. The edges are well defined and the details appear to all be there. In fact, while we’ve gotten used to companies having to make some considerations due to the buck system, that’s not completely the case here. Sure, the Sandtrooper does subsidize the Stormtrooper, but now that we’ve seen the Stormtrooper (Series 3) we can spot a couple small differences that show Hasbro is trying to get these figure right.
The belts will be different, but that’s easy. But there looks to be other details that show that the Stormtrooper & Sandtrooper will feature unique upper and lower torsos just to get the minor differences right. And one part that really surprised me was the left knee pad. It’s a “V” on the Stormtrooper and a diamond on the Sandtrooper. It’s silly, small little detail and it blows my mind that Hasbro spent the money on it. I don’t think that’s something 6” collectors are much used to anymore.
Two other pieces are included to make this guy a Sandtrooper are the backpack and the shoulder pauldrons. Both pieces look sharp and are removable. The backpack even neatly plugs into a small circle area on the armor to maintain functionality and accuracy. It’s pretty neat.
Articulation is where the figure really shines. I have a bad habit of not posing the figures well in some of the reviews and, looking at the pics, I’ve gone and done it again. I assure you though that this guy can move. His articulation is just about everything I want in this scale. The head is on a hinged-ball-joint, there are standard ball-joints at the shoulders, wrists, hips, and ankles, there are swivels at the biceps and thighs, double-hinges on the elbows and knees, and finally a mid-torso joint with fantastic range. The shoulder armor blocks the shoulders somewhat, but it’s not bad and everything else works fantastic. The head and torso have great range. The double-hinges open up all four limbs for great poses. The ball-wrists allow for some great poses including two-handed poses on the three included weapons. The ankles are the new “it” thing where pegs go into the lower foot, greatly increasing their effectiveness. He’s a blast to play with. Continue to Page 2…