Collection: Militaries Of Star Wars
Number: Item #2124
Edition Size: 1500 (Exclusive) 6000 (Regular)
Scale: 1:6 Scale Figures
Source: A New Hope
Availability: February 2009
License: Sideshow Collectibles
The Sideshow Collectibles 12" Imperial Stormtrooper brought the expectations for collectibles of this character in 12” form to a whole new level! Hasbro worked clandestinely (apparently for quite some time to perfect it) and didn’t hint at all about it until Comic Con 2008 where the big announcement was made. It elated the collective masses and fans couldn’t wait to see the final product. To say that this extraordinarily exciting 12" figure is one of the best figures Sideshow has done to date would be an understatement. While it has some problems, it is the first release in the Militaries of Star Wars line and fine tuning should be expected for the first couple of introductory figures. But don’t get concerned. The Imperial Stormtrooper is a work of art and we believe it is the best 12” Stormtrooper figure on the market today. 2009 was the perfect release year for Sideshow Collectibles’ 12” Imperial Stormtrooper. Designed after the costume seen in A New Hope, it marks the 30th anniversary since the original vintage Stormtrooper Large Size Action figure was released in 1979. Whether this was coincidental or intentional, the spirit behind it makes for a very exciting and powerful release! The continual evolution of high technology has reinvented the ways this character has been considered and produced since its first inception in 1/6th scale. Sideshow clearly spent lots of time ensuring that every detail was not missed on this fantastic figure. Probably the most popular soldier of the Galactic Empire, this 12” Imperial Stormtrooper has given collectors the absolute and definitive version of this character and aside from including some other additional accessories, there is not too more that could be done to improve it. And the buzz surrounding this figure is clearly invigorating new interest in the 12” Sideshow Collectibles line.
The body of this figure utilizes the “Armored” body mold with over 30 points of articulation. This is one of the latest body types created for the likes of armored military figures. Different parts and portions of the body are leaner to allow for accurate and close fitting placement of the armor pieces so that a lean silhouette is created. You will be thoroughly impressed with how successful the parts look on the figure. The engineering is almost flawless and it is evident that Sideshow worked with Hot Toys to get this right the first time. Of particular note, the armor is not as shiny as we would have hoped for, but it looks pretty close to the “plastoid” material used for the costumes in the film. This is first Stormtrooper figure to capture this authenticity with flawless detail. The 12” RAH Medicom Stormtrooper comes pretty close, but the soft vinyl casting of the armor definitely deters from a truly authentic presentation. Sideshow was very smart to go with a harder PVC plastic of the figure. The armor on the figure’s legs is perfectly recreated. Each knee cap is unique like it should be and it covers the body of the figure just like a real Stormtrooper. There are so many small details that have been captured and it makes us very thankful to Sideshow for replicating faithful interpretations of the beloved characters. For example, the small circular markings on the abdomen are perfectly painted and also match the costume props exactly. The armor hangs beautifully on the figure and although there is an issue with the tightness of the joints, the 12” Imperial Stormtrooper delivers stellar quality with artful craftsmanship. We would like to express to Sideshow to please tighten up the joints on this body type. The figure doesn’t hold poses that well without the aid of a figure stand. We find this a little disappointing. The figure doesn’t come with many accessories, but you will get an extra set of interchangeable hands, thermal detonator with metal belt clip, and Stormtrooper blaster. The exclusive edition comes with a Stormtrooper blaster pistol. From what we can tell (and also what we have heard from Sideshow Collectibles), this pistol was taken from the archive sources and was not seen in the film.
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