Type: Mini Busts
Number: Item No. 5433
Edition Size: 10000
Source: A New Hope
Availability: August 2004
License: Gentle Giant Ltd.
Gentle Giant Ltd. wasted really no time getting the first Imperial soldier into the Mini Bust line. It wasn’t until year three that the Stormtrooper Mini Bust was finally released to a very eager collecting crowd and the final product followed in similar footsteps to the very popular and varied phase II Clone Trooper Mini Busts released a year earlier. But the short gap that we waited for him allowed us to gear up the excitement and anticipation for his release. The Stormtrooper Mini Bust has been released in Deluxe form. This means that the piece is modular and comes with interchangeable parts so you can build your own unique army under Darth Vader (providing you buy multiples of them). What Gentle Giant Ltd. doesn’t tell you (probably because they aren’t entirely aware) is that the various poses you can achieve of the Stormtrooper are not drastically unique from each other. The feature is nice, but it almost isn’t necessary. They may have been better off making a few permanent variations themselves (i.e. without modularity). What’s more disappointing than this is that the removable pieces, although reinforced with magnets, do not stay in place as strongly enough as they should. If you tilt the Mini Bust (or even look at it the wrong way) it’s a good bet an arm or two will go flying. As a display piece it’s great. But we bet that you’ll find little use for many of the interchangeable parts because they make the Stormtrooper looks a little too obtrusive.
Inside of the Stormtrooper Mini Bust box you’ll receive the main section of the Stormtrooper Mini Bust (clearly), two interchangeable left arms, two interchangeable right arms, removable portrait (with the capability to swivel left and right, but not 360 degrees), two interchangeable left hands holding a BlasTech E-11 blaster (in two different ways) and a left hand holding a long blaster rifle. Despite seeming to provide multiple parts for various configurations, we bet that you’ll find that the Stormtrooper doesn’t looks “all” that different no matter how you decide to piece him together. It’s quite a phenomenon because there are a lot of parts here. They just haven’t been sculpted in very dynamic ways to offer more versatility to the overall piece. While this sounds like a criticism, it really isn’t. We tend to be collectors that favor one clever static pose without removable parts. Interchangeability is a great thing, but it works much better for figures (small or large scale) that have multiple points of articulation. We feel the real success of a Mini Bust is how close to perfection Gentle Giant Ltd. can capture that one perfect pose that showcases the spirit, attitude and affect of any given Star Wars character. The Mini Bust line doesn’t need to rely on the novelty of removable parts to make the piece more dynamic. It should be propulsive and exude awesomeness on its own. We think they could have achieved this had they not included the interchangeability here.
Status: Laser scanned in three dimensions directly from original costumes and props in the Lucasfilm archives whenever possible, this collectible is unmatchable in its level of authenticity. Digital modelers process the raw data, sculptors perfected the design, and painters brought the piece to life. The talented artisans at Gentle Giant each contribute in their own unique way to the quality of this piece. We hope you enjoy it.
Assembly: Mini Bust body, removable portrait, 2 interchangeable left arms, 2 interchangeable right arms, 2 interchangeable left hands with blasters, 1 interchangeable left hand with blaster rifle
Date Stamp: 2004
Retail: $49.99 USD
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