Name: Talking Stormtrooper
Type: Talking Star Wars Figures
Source: A New Hope
Availability: May 2014
It’s so nice to know that in an era of Hasbro producing so much utter rubbish for store shelves, Disney Stores have expected a higher caliber of Star Wars toys right from the start to be created and produced for their own customer base. As a result, their initial offerings have brought some stellar items and the party is just getting started. We are head over heels crazy about the Talking Star Wars Figures line. With only one release made publicly available in American mall Disney Stores on May the Fourth 2014 (the Talking Stormtrooper), they have completely sold the line to us hook, line and sinker and we’re very impressed. It may not be fair to kick Hasbro while they’re down or while the line is suffering a terrible fate, but we would collapse if Hasbro released a remotely equal quality Star Wars figure with so much articulation, electronics and a stunning likeness that the Talking Stormtrooper has brought. Heck, even the quality of the plastic Disney has used to created this line of figures is shockingly good. Apparently kids DO like multiple points of articulation (not five points of articulation) and larger scaled beautifully painted figures that don’t look like shampoo bottles. And apparently impressive action figures with a ton of electronics and articulation can be sold at an MSRP that doesn’t break the bank, albeit not at a lower price point. Of course, Disney Stores probably have a competitive advantage with the MSRP since they don't have to pay licensing fees. Still, Disney has risen the bar high and we wonder if Hasbro will just concede that someone else (Disney) should just focus on the kids’ portion of the Star Wars brand. We know that we’re leaning that way. And once you see what Disney Stores are producing, you may quickly join the throng.
You shouldn’t overlook the Talking Stormtrooper figure and you shouldn’t say that you’re not interested in another scale. This larger than 12” figure with 13 points of articulation is worthy of your time and money and we are going to do our best at selling you the reasons why this is the case. Do you believe this figure has an astounding 13 points of articulation? We will be completely honest and upfront with you and say that many of the points are inhibited and cannot articulate fully. But the Talking Stormtrooper comes with a ball-socket head, a ball-jointed left shoulder, a swivel right shoulder, a hinge-jointed right elbow, a swivel right elbow, a swivel left wrist, a swivel waist, two swivel hips, two hinge-jointed knees and two hinge-jointed ankles. You can pose the Talking Stormtrooper in a variety of meaningful ways and the character looks completely realistic. In fact, you can attain more screen accurate posture with this figure that you can with a lot of more higher-end oriented Star Wars collectibles. The engineering that went into this KIDS’ figure is astounding. You are left to believe that they also had a desire to cater to adult collectors as well. From the gorgeous helmet, to the functional armor, from the incredible 15+ phrases to the light up blaster, the Talking Stormtrooper is unsurpassed as just one of the definitive kids’ toys with a Star Wars theme you will find the rest of the year. And for the adult collectors, it appears as if the ab plate is a totally separate piece. Could the possibility exist that Disney designers were forward-thinking and tooled this so it could be used down the road as an accurate Talking Sandtrooper (which does not have the ab plate)? Oh the possibilities! Hasbro’s “quick change” Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader figure was an abomination by comparison, and it nearly cost the same price. This is ultimate quality for your dollar.
Status: Talking Stormtrooper is an all-new figure.
Features: 15+ phrases, activation button, light up blaster, lights & sounds, fully articulated
Articulation Count: 13 points
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, ball-jointed left shoulder, swivel right shoulder, hinge-jointed left elbow, swivel right elbow, swivel left wrist, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 hinge-jointed knees, 2 hinge-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: None
Accessory Details: None (permanently affixed E-11 blaster rifle with electronics)
Date Stamp: 2013
Retail: $29.99 USD
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