Collection: The Legacy Collection
Number: BD 32
Source: A New Hope
Availability: February 2009
Specialized stormtroopers, dubbed "spacetroopers," are deployed to Zero-G environments, such as areas outside the Death Star’s artificially generated atmosphere. They wear specially designed suits that have sealed armor and are equipped with rebreather packs.
Hasbro obviously thought hard about getting the biggest bang for their buck when they composed the set list for wave 5 of The Legacy Collection. Probably the most impressive wave of the line thus far, it offers new sculpts as well as smart retools for both obscure and other more popular characters. We received no less than three "military" sculpts in this group and they were all figures that collectors have been wishing to add into their collections for quite some time now. And the best news is that one of the three was long-awaited updates to a figure we haven’t seen carded as a basic figure since 1996 (Luke Skywalker in his stormtrooper disguise). And the other two were made available as basic figures for the first time (Han Solo and Spacetrooper)! This in and of itself made collectors very happy. Hasbro went stir crazy with the 2007 TAC Imperial Stormtrooper (30 20) sculpt (which is actually a retool of the 2004 VOTC Stormtrooper) and created three new unique figures for the wave and they are more than welcome additions to our collections. After the [disappointing] Marvel versions of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo in their respective stormtrooper disguises were released first in 2007’s TAC Comic Packs line, fans immediately started clamoring for realistic paint applications since the ones we got had red visors on the helmet (as well as early versions with terrible blue washes). Hasbro [eventually] listened and cleaned up the armor to easily reuse the sculpt (with some additional tweaking) to make the exciting Spacetrooper figure (in addition to the Luke Skywalker and Han Solo figure of the same wave) and it came out wonderfully! He is definitely more than a Stormtrooper as he comes with quite a bit more accessories. This character surprises us that he missed the radar for so many years. There weren’t many varieties of Stormtroopers in the Original Trilogy so one would think that the Spacetrooper would be a no brainer. But it is a good thing that he didn’t come out until now because technology has come so far (as well as Hasbro’s philosophy on authenticity and articulation) and we believe this will be the definitive version of him for years and years.
Spacetrooper may initially just seem essentially like a Stormtrooper with extra accessories and gear. But it would be egregious to remain with this conclusion. He is so much more and we can't believe all the extra things this figure possesses. His appearance in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope is indeed there (albeit very hard to see and very briefly), but you would really need to study the reference photos to see just all the extra detail that this character has. Based on the 2007 TAC Imperial Stormtrooper (30 20) figure, this figure is such a great figure for the basic figure line. In addition to the standard Imperial issue blaster, Spacetrooper has a removable helmet, breathing tube, backpack, and heavy assault rifle (that has its own great articulation and is one of the best weapons we have seen a figure get in a long time). Reminiscent of a Sandtrooper rifle, it still remains unique and is a chunky weapon that we don’t see the average Stormtrooper utilizing. The removable helmet is unique in that is has a tiny hole in the “mouthpiece” section that allows for the placement of the breathing tube which itself attaches to the backpack. It looks so cool once assembled and immediately puts it pretty high on our favorites list for 2009. Spacetrooper definitely looks the part of an outer space denizen serving and protecting the Galactic Empire. His backpack fits very snugly but nicely over his back plate and it is evident that the sculptors were accurate and precise when putting all of this figure's pieces together. And what's even more impressive is the likeness of the figure. But we are not allowed to say that he looks like Joe Johnston apparently because Hasbro can’t either. (But he does!) It is overall a splendid addition to the line and we bet that Hasbro is proud of this figure too! Also noteworthy, Hasbro has clearly spent some time working hard to get the white as bright as possible. This is a very good thing, because it is the brightness that gives the figure its appropriate glossiness. And Spacetroopers should be clean. They are not drudging through the Tatooine desert or in the snow on Hoth. They serve the Empire in a relatively clean environment. At least we assume that there isn't a great deal of dirt in space when compared to a planet like Tatooine, so the armor should remain relatively spotless. We could be wrong.
Status: Spacetrooper is a retool of 2007's TAC Imperial Stormtrooper (30 20) figure but this time comes with an all-new head sculpt, belt, helmet and new accessories.
Articulation Count: 23 points (14 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), ball-jointed left elbow (2), ball-jointed right elbow (2), swivel left wrist (1), swivel right wrist (1), ball-jointed torso (2), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1), ball-jointed left knee (2), ball-jointed right knee (2), ball-jointed left ankle (2), ball-jointed right ankle (2)
Accessory Count: 6
Accessory Details: removable helmet, rebreather backpack, breathing tube, Blastech E-11 blaster pistol, T-21 light repeating blaster rifle, removable shifting rod
Original Droid Factory/Build A Droid Part: R5-A2 dome/third leg
Date Stamp: 2005
Assortment Number: 87836/87535
Retail: $7.99 USD
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