Name: Sandtrooper [Squad Leader - Version 2]
Collection: 30 (77-07)
Source: A New Hope
Availability: October 2007
Jedi mind tricks often work on the weak-minded. Such is the case when a squad of sandtroopers asks Jedi Maser Obi-Wan Kenobi about the two droids that are with him in a landspeeder. Obi-Wan tricks them into concluding, "These aren't the droids we're looking for."
It was the most perfect opportunity for Hasbro to release a ton of Sandtrooper action figures into the newly formed Saga Legends sub-line in the 30 (77-07) collection. And they really went all out to bring us most of the different ranks. Sergeants and squad leaders came aplenty, but the corporal never came despite its confirmation. (It did show up in some pre-production samples however). (Editor’s Note: The Sandtrooper Corporal was finally released as 2009’s TLC Sandtrooper (SL 21) and in plentiful numbers, although, preliminary production samples in the TAC line look did surface.) Hasbro released two unique Sandtrooper squad leaders in the 2007 Saga Legends line. One was based off of the 2006 TSC Sandtrooper (SAGA 037) figure and the other, this figure, is a repaint of the 2005 ROTS Clone Trooper To Stormtrooper [Version 1] Evolutions sculpt. And as many of you know, this particular sculpt of the Sandtrooper remains a favorite for many collectors. And it absolutely remains our most favorite out of them all.
The Evolutions Sandtrooper sculpt comes without a wasit joint. This is extremely surprising to us that when this sculpt was tooled in 2005 that Hasbro didn't include this key point of arrticulation with it. Being one area of articulation short may not seem like a big deal, but this figure it is definitely a setback. Thankfully, the way the figure is designed offers the collector a bit more flexibility and cooler posing options than the figure from The Saga Collection which obviously has more articulation. He lacks a waist joint and while that may initially seem abhorrent, as mentioned briefly it’s not as bad as you think. Besides, one of the most impressive aspects of the Evolutions Sandtrooper was its paint job. While Hasbro hasn’t transferred the exact paint job to the Saga Legends version, they do bring much of its spirit back while still offering a unique look for collectors. This is cool because it will serve as yet another army builder for those that collector a ton of the military figures and it keeps the original unique which is something packaged and loose collectors love. So the figure offers overall positivity to the Saga Legends branding.
Status: Sandtrooper [Squad Leader - Version 2] is a repaint of the Stormtrooper (Sandtrooper) figure from 2005's ROTS Stormtrooper To Clone Trooper [Version 1] Evolutions set.
Articulation Count: 21 points (13 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), ball-jointed left elbow (2), ball-jointed right elbow (2), swivel left wrist (1), swivel right wrist (1), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1), ball-jointed left knee (2), ball-jointed right knee (2), ball-jointed left ankle (2), ball-jointed right ankle (2)
Accessory Count: 4
Accessory Details: blaster pistol, blaster rifle, removable pauldron, survival backpack
Date Stamp: 2005
Assortment Number: 86830/85770
Retail: $6.99 USD
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