The articulation remains the same. Some great range on ball-joints at the neck, shoulders, wrists, hips, and inverted ankles, double-hinge elbows and knees; swivels at the biceps and thighs, and then a mid-torso ball-joint with decent range. I haven’t played around with Leia, Bespin Luke, and Obi, but I still think these Troopers are the best articulated figures in the line. All the figures should be on par these two.
The paintwork could be a little better. It’s sad because not a lot was needed, but both of my Stormtroopers have black marks in places they shouldn’t. When the paint is supposed to be there, it’s fairly sharp, but the sharp contrast of the white & black means that any slop really stands out.
Two accessories are included, the stand blaster and the rifle. Both these pieces are well-sculpted, are sturdy, but not brittle, and look great. Pretty much everything you ask for in an accessory.
Overall, I’m just not as into SWB as I was a year ago. It could be the slow rollout, or even the wonky SDCC exclusives (though honestly, I’m not sure I need Jabba), or it could just be that I’m not a big enough Star Wars fan to be as an all-in as I am on other lines. I’m not sure. What I do know is releases like this, the big characters in iconic looks will keep me happy when they’re done well. The Stormtrooper is an important figure to get right and Hasbro nailed it. I’m not sure which figures from upcoming waves I will buying, but the odds are better for Hasbro if they keep doing this well.
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