Collection: Legacy Collection
Source: Expanded Universe (Heir To The Empire)
Availability: April 2010
Spacetroopers are high-ranking Imperial commandos who wear powersuit armor designed for space combat. These Zero-G Assault Troopers are considered "walking tanks" because of the extensive weaponry built into their suits.
Spacetrooper is a testament to the fact of how large the Star Wars line has grown and how expanded it has become. If you’re a collector, you now need a qualifier at the end of the word “Spacetrooper” to know which one is the topic of conversation. That wasn’t true ten years ago. In fact, Hasbro managed to squeeze two Spacetrooper action figures into the Legacy Collection and both have turned out quite beautifully as far as action figures are concerned. But it is interesting that they are essentially considered the same Star Wars character and fall under the same listing in Wookieepedia. (Let us clarify, there are different types of Spacetroopers under the one listing.) Of course as far as the two action figures are concerned, one is realistically styled from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, but the latest version is based on its appearance from the Heir To The Empire comics. Spacetrooper got his start in the action figure line in 1998’s Expanded Universe collection. Most collectors did not even see this group of figures at retail back then and they fetched a ridiculous premium on the secondary market. As with anything, they became more prevalent (due to them coming out of scalpers’ closets and then to eBay and not a reshipment of the product) and the prices they commanded became much less. That 1998 figure was pretty cool and holds up fairly well today. But if you compare it this new figure, well, let’s just say that they are night and day. The Expanded Universe wave in the Legacy Collection is filled with “huge” Star Wars figures and the Spacetrooper is no different. He is interestingly about as broad as the 1998 figure but much taller and larger in the head. The likeness is stupendous and this is a figure that will definitely be an important troop-builder of 2010. Technology has totally reinvented the way this figure was approached and the final product is staggering.
The Spacetrooper is very simply painted. The armor is cast in a very clean and bright white (except for one issue and we’ll get top that in a moment) and there aren’t any battle-damage markings (just like the 1998 version). The 1998 figure seems to have a pearly tone to the armor. That has been abandoned for a much more pristine (and brighter) look. And this works well for this character. By comparison, a lot more detail was applied to the Legacy Collection figure’s legs and joints and the improvements are significant. What we do find unfortunate is the quality of the plastic used to cast the figure. In a similar instance to what was seen on the Legacy Collection Stormtooper (BD46) and Han Solo (BD30) figures, the bright white has yellowed to a degree that is very visible to the eye. It is unknown if this can be easily wiped away like what was able to be accomplished with the 2002 figures that yellowed. But we don’t know why “yellowing” is rearing its ugly head again after so many years of success. The Spacetrooper has an awesome 14 points of articulation and comes with a removable jetpack and removable shoulder armor. While Hasbro could have just given us a nice big hole on the back of the figure, they went above and beyond to improve the aesthetics for this figure. The back jetpack attaches to three discreet slits and hold in place very firmly. And when you remove the backpack, the slits are arranged in a very pleasing pattern which looks like part of the Spacetroopere’s armor. To top it off, Hasbro has decoration the back panel with colorful red and blue shapes as if it is a functioning source of power or some life monitoring system. The results are fabulous and it just proved how both technology and clever design work hand in hand to make a stellar product. As a nice added bonus, the Spacetrooper has a wonderful ball-hinged torso and this allows to so much more movement that initially expected. If any figure deserved an all-new take, then it was certainly this figure. It is truly a masterpiece and we will hold Hasbro to the same standard for future Stormtrooper action figures. (And while they are at it we will encourage them to add in ball-jointed hips.)
Status: Spacetrooper is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 14 points
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel wrists, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: 3
Accessory Details: 2 removable shoulder armor pieces, removable jetpack
Original Droid Factory/Build A Droid Part: BG-J38 right leg
Date Stamp: 2009
Assortment Number: 99305/87535
Retail: $7.99 USD
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