Looking back over the last year, my interest in Star Wars Black has cooled pretty heavily. I reviewed that first Sandtrooper last August and I was just starting my upward ascent towards enjoying the line.
While I think Wave 1 was full of solid figures, things have been rocky since. Never mind that there have been less Star Wars Black figures than MOTU Classics figures in the last twelve months, little flaws started cropping up here and there. I liked a lot of Wave 2, but my badly painted Leia is still in an unopened box. Wave 3 so far? I skipped Bespin Luke. I did buy Obi, but only after two after market improvements were available. I still kinda regret it – and Obi-Wan is one of my favorite characters.
So it fell to the Stormtrooper to effectively “save” wave three for me. It’s ironic because his moldmate, the Sandtrooper was my very first one, the figure that got me started in the line and excited enough to build that Checklist over there (which needs updated, I know). Without the newness and the novelty of the new scale, I wasn’t sure how much I would love getting the regular Stormtrooper, but one thing this guy still is, is iconic.
I imagine if you ask ten Star Wars fans what’s the first they think of when someone mentions Star Wars, you’l probably get ten different answers. While I like the Star Wars heroes just fine, I tend to always think of the Empire first. The music. Vader. Their OCD friendly ships (face it, the Rebels just didn’t have time to clean). And their sterling white (usually) soldiers.
I laugh pointing that out because I love the Sandtrooper for being dirty, but I also have really enjoyed having the cleaner, regular Stormtrooper on my shelves too. The pair together are probably my favorite two so far, and I’ve had to keep myself to buying just two. I could keep going, but… two is good. I tell myself this every time I run across one (which was often for the Sandtrooper and only once for the Stormtrooper).
At first, you might think the two are repaints of one another. That’s how toy companies roll these days. The two do share much of their parts, but, happily, Hasbro invested in a few key parts to get these dudes more accurate. The main three differences are the lower torso, the belt, and the left lower leg. These three new pieces change the details for those areas and, while it’s not super noticeable, it is much appreciated. Continue to Page 2…