Name: Stormtrooper Commander
Collection: Militaries Of Star Wars
Number: Item #2193
Edition Size: 1000 (Exclusive) 1500 (Regular)
Scale: 1:6 Scale Figures
Source: The Force Unleashed
Availability: June 2009
License: Sideshow Collectibles
The Hasbro Stormtrooper Commander action figure did not make collectors happy at all. As a poorly distributed and ultra limited edition release, it frustrated to the point of rage and Hasbro poured a little salt on the wounds by releasing it as a Comic Con exclusive in new packaging when those who missed out from the Gamestop promotion really wanted it in the 30 (77-07) line look. Sideshow must have picked up on these vibes and quickly added the Stormtrooper Commander to their repertoire and released a genuinely wonderful masterpiece of unprecedented quality and gave all a fair chance to pick this character up in 12" form. The final result will ensure a smile on your face. The Stormtrooper Commander builds on the original 12” Imperial Stormtrooper (based on Episode IV) and then tweaked a few things for the better and thereby creating a result that is superior to the original. You may or may not recall that the original 12” Imperial Stormtrooper had a few issues. The figure was obviously a learning curve for Sideshow and it would no doubt take a few releases for issues to get cleaned up. But Sideshow listened to the constructive criticism of collectors and nearly addressed almost every issue with clever resolve and common sense ingenuity. A beautiful design, the Stormtrooper Commander is a truly fresh take on a popular Star Wars character and indirectly pays homage to the very popular 501st legion seen in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith. The dark blue color flashes in addition to the arrangement of the armor patterns are very reminiscent of the battalion of soldiers we saw wiping out the few Jedi on Coruscant. And if you were able to add the Stormtrooper Commander 3.75” action figure to your collections and love it, then you will be overwhelmed by the 12” figure. Sideshow held nothing back as far as the decoration of this figure is concerned and it is such a beautiful displaying piece that will likely stand out from the rest of your 12” collection.
If you have the original 12” Imperial Stormtrooper, you are aware that the figure has an issue with its chest plate armor. It didn’t hug closely to the body at all. This made the figure look sloppily assembled and it was a shame that the issue wasn’t addressed before the large run was produced. Sideshow remedied this problem by adhering fabric strips inside of the chest armor which pull the front and back pieces together and very tightly against the body. What it has done is ensured a lean and sleek silhouette for the Stormtrooper frame and it just looks plain amazing. As a result of this enhancement, it makes the chest armor non-removable now unfortunately, but the aesthetic of the figure has reached an all-new high. Another issue that Sideshow improved upon (but needs to continue to improve) is the loose joints issue. Loose joints are frustrating because Sideshow should have had the quality control checked on the new armored body frame before mass producing it. But although not entirely perfect yet, the Stormtrooper Commander has significantly tighter joints and this adds a whole new level of positivity to this figure! If you play with the figure too much, we expect that he will not remain as tight as you may want him to be so we recommend not futzing with him. Nothing can be more irritating to pose your figures and have a joint or joints give out and the figure topples. Let us reiterate, the Stormtrooper Commander is not perfect, but it is a vast and marked improvement. Exclusive collectors may be happy about the “battalion-specific” stand, but we would have preferred a unique gun or other accessory. Still, we admit that when the figure is displayed with the stand it matches quite well. But if you’re not looking to add colorful stands into your collection, then the regular version may be a better fit for you (because the black plain stand doesn’t come with the exclusive version). One of the lowest produced figures, Stormtrooper Commander sees a limited release of only 2500 total pieces. This may be a gauge on the size of the current 12” collector market as more and more figures are seeing lower edition sizes.
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