And that’s where I have to stop at a minute and really marvel at something. The earliest 6” Batman & DCSH figures looked pretty, but had a few flaws. Mattel had to find their footing to get the sculpt & articulation balanced. What they learned was then applied to MOTU and that has helped that line be really consistent for five years.
Similarly, this 6” Star Wars line must have the benefit of everything Hasbro has learned from making Marvel Legends*. These are the very first figures in the line and they’re awesome. There’s no stumbling with this Sandtrooper. No odd thing I just have to accept. The learning curve came from ML and it’s been put to good use here. The Sandtrooper doesn’t even need to be this well-articulated, but he is and that makes me positive that the Jedi’s or any martial arts-type characters that need to move are going to be fantastic.
* – One other thing I thought was neat was the ball-jointed heads being inadvertently swappable. I know Hasbro isn’t consistent with size (and the trooper’s neck ball is so big it rivals the Hulk’s instead of a normal figure, but I’m excited at the prospect of swapping some heads around on these guys. Is a Sandtrooper Luke possible? Hopefully, I’ll find out soon…
Also included were three movie-based props. The blaster, the blaster rifle, and the heavy blaster rifle. The weapons all appear to be screen accurate and fit in either hand or, with the great artic, in both hands. I’ve favored the smaller blaster so far, but it was pretty neat to get that iconic pose of the trooper cradling the heavy blaster in the crook of his arm too! The weapons were probably my one source of disappointment – they are a little too soft. The softness used on the accessories comes in handy on the backpack (and particularly the shoulder pouches connected to it), but I always worry that soft gear will droop over time, so some more solid weapons would be one of the few things done to improve these figures.
The paint was pretty solid on my figure. It’s probably the one area that pales a bit because it’s not as fantastic as everything else, but it is still pretty sharp. The helmet and armor details are a real highlight, but the black “under armor” areas are a little sloppy. There just doesn’t seem to be as much care given to those areas, but they’re also at or near articulation points, so I can understand it not being as easy. I did have the black paint dry on my figure’s right knee, which did freeze it up for a second, but it came free easy enough with a small white spot on the knee where the paint stayed stuck where it was.
The dirty detailing is great though. I’m excited to see a few more of the Sandtroopers and see if there are any vast differences, maybe some really dirty troopers to go with a relatively clean one like mine. It would certainly make for an interesting display if you could find a few with different levels of dirt.
Overall, I know this is another review where I sound gushy, but I assure you it’s different. If I get really excited about the upcoming DCUC Huntress figure, that’s partially because I just really want a Huntress figure and that one can have a few warts and I won’t care.
As a more casual Star Wars fan, I don’t have that same affinity for a Sandtrooper, but he’s won me over. To put it another way, I’ve been touting NECA’s Dutch as a figure of the year – he totally is – and I’ve commented my disappointment that I would’ve preferred that NECA had the Classic TV Batman license instead of Mattel. The figures would be better and we all know it.
That’s not the case here. Hasbro, yes Hasbro, knocked this Sandtrooper out of the park. On their first try in this scale. I already thought this line had a lot going for it, but if they keep making figures awesome like this, they won’t need to ride on the hype or past success. We’ll just keep buying because the figures are awesome.
I’m still sure that I won’t “need them all”, but I will want a few more than I thought if they’re all going to be this good. I can’t wait for my BBTS shipment to get here with my other figures. It’s a good time to be a 6″ collector. Star Wars has finally joined the 1:12 ranks.
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