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The Saga Collection

Sandtrooper - TSC - Basic (SAGA 037)

Name: Sandtrooper
Collection: The Saga Collection
Number: SAGA 037
Source: A New Hope
Availability: June 2006
License: Hasbro

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  Guest review provided by David Delgado from EchoBaseNews.com.

Sandtrooper
Escape From Mos Eisley

Mission:
Find droids that escaped
Stops to question:
Obi-Wan and friends
Falls for:
Jedi mind trick

Jedi mind tricks often work on the weak-minded. Such is the case when a sqaud of sandtroopers ask Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi about the two droids he’s escorting in a landspeeder. Obi-Wan makes short work of these sandtroopers, and they conclude that "these aren't the droids we're looking for." Luke Skywalker is amazed at Obi-Wan’s ability to easily fool their pursuers.

The most significant thing about the Sandtrooper released in 2006’s The Saga Collection is that, in a way, it was really the first time the hugely popular Stormtrooper figure from 2004’s VOTC line saw rerelease (sort of). It was a no-brainer that the groundbreaking VOTC Stormtrooper sculpt would become a mainstay. And lots of accessories make the outstanding super-articulated version of one of the most memorable Imperial troopers even better. This figure is nearly perfect and does make an excellent army builder (especially since there were multiple Sandtrooper corporals in the film). And because Hasbro made stunning Sandtrooper action figures in the Evolutions sets, it's just a little bit surprising that Hasbro would go with a Stormtrooper sculpt and convert it into a Sandtrooper. It works well for the most part, but there are just some wonky features in the figure's stature that just don't show up on the incredible Evolutions Sandtrooper. As you can imagine, a couple notable flaws are present.

The first issue is with the figure’s design. For this release, the VOTC Stormtrooper received a couple tweaks to help make its transformation into a great Sandtrooper figure complete. The first change made was a slit in the figure’s back to plug in the removable backpack. The backpack is a highly detailed and awesome accessory by the way. The second modification to the figure was a new belt that features a removable thermal detonator accessory. Unfortunately, due to the figure’s torso articulation and inherent design, the two removable accessories can’t be attached at the same time. And the other issue with the figure is some parts of its paint job. Hasbro included dirt/sand paint applications anf this is great. For the most part, it actually looks very nice, because the dirt isn’t too excessive and it looks quite natural. But one conspicuous exception is that Sandtrooper’s feet are totally white. It’s like the Sandtrooper got back to the Death Star and changed into brand new shoes but didn’t have enough time to switch out the rest of his armor. The feet are supposed to be the dirtiest part, so this was a bit of a disappointment.

Aside from those two issues, the Sandtrooper really is a stellar figure. There’s really nothing cooler than a super-articulated Imperial army builder with a bunch of accessories. In addition to the removable backpack and thermal detonator mentioned above, the Sandtrooper includes a removable black shoulder pauldron (designating his rank as a corporal), the usual blaster rifle which fits in a working holster hanging from the belt, and a vibro lance from when they’re riding their Dewbacks through the Tatooine desert. Also included are the standard display stand (nicely labeled with the movie logo and character name) and the random “villain” mini hologram pack-in that comes in either blue or red flavor depending on the case assortment (why red?). We also can’t say enough about how great the packaging for The Saga Collection is. The terrific silver lettering against the stars and the character-specific backdrops behind the figure is very striking. Overall, the Sandtrooper is a worthwhile purchase, despite its few flaws. And we’re certain that the Sandtrooper will become a mainstay in the basic figure line for years to come.

Collector Notes

Sandtrooper

Status: Sandtrooper is a retool of 2004's VOTC Stormtrooper figure. This time the belt has been retooled, new dorsal tooling in order to attach the backpack and comes with the required accessories to be a Tatooine Stormtrooper.

Articulation Count: 14 points

Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel wrists, ball-jointed torso, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles

Accessory Count: 5

Accessory Details: removable pauldron, removable backpack, BlasTech E-11 blaster, removable thermal detonator, vibro lance

Date Stamp: 2005

Assortment Number: 86830/85770

UPC: 653569123507

Retail: $6.99 USD

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Sandtrooper

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Added: September 30, 2011
Category: Saga Collection, The
Reviewer: David Delgado
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