Name: Sandtrooper (Sergeant: Tatooine)
Collection: Militaries Of Star Wars
Number: Item #2138
Edition Size: 1000 (Exclusive) 3000 (Regular)
Scale: 1:6 Scale Figures
Source: A New Hope
Availability: October 2009
License: Sideshow Collectibles
Sideshow Collectibles continues to amaze us with their 12 inch figures. The Sandtrooper (Sergeant: Tatooine) is a testament to Sideshow’s unwavering commitment to produce high end Star Wars collectibles with unparalleled attention to detail with an aim to create small masterful works of art. And this figure is atonishingly beautiful. It is hard to look at the 12" Sandtrooper and refer to it as a large super-articulated action figure. It is indeed a marvelous masterpiece that captures every aspect of our favorite Tatooine Stormtrooper. If you’re looking for an exact scaled replica of some of your favorite Star Wars characters, look no further than the Sideshow 12" line, for they deliver products that will leave you speechless and incite you to check out their many other collectibles as well. The Sandtrooper is breathtaking in every way and we almost are unable to comprehend all the fine points of the character they transferred to the figure from the film. In addition to a top notch sculpt, Sideshow has yellowed the armor on the figure in its entirety. It is not a white armored body with dirt marks. It is essentially a "yellow" Stormtrooper splattered with brown marks to replicate intense desert wear. The joints have been tightened up a bit from the Stormtrooper, but Sideshow has a little ways to go before we will consider them tight enough. Interestingly, we thought the Stormtrooper Commander made strides to correct this, but apparently Sideshow has taken a few steps back with the Sandtrooper. We are confident [at least hopeful] this will be corrected in time for the next armored figure.
As we stated earlier, there are so many fine details and Sideshow has ensured that they captured them all. The Militaries of Star Wars line has been taking good advantage of the new armored body and with each release, Sideshow continues to evolve the sculpt of this frame to become better and better with each release. (That doesn’t go say that further improvements can’t be made.) But it is refreshing to know that Sideshow is receptive to fans’ comments on how to make their products exceed our own expectations. After all, we are a high-maintenance group of people and for those us of that collect the higher end merchandise, well, that even tends to makes us more high maintenance. No worries here though, the Sandtrooper will satisfy every presumptuous hope you may have about it and then some. Sideshow treated us to wonderful fitting armor set. The chest armor stays close to the body and the pieces of armor just seem to fit better than ever before. Fans will be delighted to know that Sideshow just did not simply repaint the Stormtrooper 12" figure and make it a 12" Sandtrooper. This time around, the Sandtrooper has a brand new helmet faceplate, left shin armor design and new abdomen armor. This thrills us, because other licenses use the Stormtrooper and Sandtrooper parts interchangably. The Sandtrooper uniform is indeed unique and Sideshow has paid attention to this flawlessly well. While the armor is aged from head to toe, the paint operations on the prototype faired a bit more authentic than the final product. The Sandtrooper is nonetheless painted spectacularly.
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