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The Original Trilogy Collection

Stormtrooper - OTC - Vintage

Name: Stormtrooper
Collection: The Original Trilogy Collection
Number: N/A
Source: Return Of The Jedi A New Hope
Availability: September 2004
License: Hasbro

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Celebrate the legendary Star Wars trilogy that changed the universe forever, with The Original Trilogy Collection. This collection brings to life the incredible story of good versus evil that captured our imagination and took us to a galaxy far, far away. The finest recreations of the iconic Star Wars heroes and villains are back with incredible detail and premium features to commemorate each epic tale in the Original Trilogy: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. And, as a tribute to the dedication of Star Wars fans everywhere, we are re-releasing elements of the original packaging that harken back to the creation of Star Wars action figures, which began over 25 years ago with the Original Trilogy. May the Force be with you!

If there was one Star Wars character fans were dying to see Hasbro create in “ultimate” status, it would have to be the Stormtrooper. What other character is a more iconic Original Trilogy army builder than the Stormtrooper. Not even the Snowtroopers come as close to complete awesomeness as the Galactic Empire’s band of shock troops. The Stormtrooper did get a much coveted place in the 2004 The “Vintage” Original Trilogy Collection lineup. Enhanced articulation, premium additions and nostalgic beautiful packaging was the recipe for the line that would rise above all others. The VOTC line is what collectors waited for Hasbro to do for years and years. Even Hasbro paid homage to the packaging’s original labeling as they added the Kenner logo for good measure. As exciting it is to see the Stormtrooper in super-articulated status in classic “vintage styled” packaging, we have to call it for what it is. And that would be that it is still a few steps away from definitive perfection. It wouldn’t be fair to complain about the figure without expressing the good points, so let us start with the positive aspects in our assessment.

The Stormtrooper has a fantastic sculpt first and foremost. It is the first super-articulated Stormtrooper the line has ever seen. 14 glorious points can be found including a very appropriate ball-jointed torso, ball-socket head sculpt and multiple ball-jointed pints of articulation throughout the arms and legs. The armor looks brilliant and the black details added to accent it have been applied very nicely. For the most part the Stormtrooper is in proportion to other characters in the VOTC line which is perfect. It’s wonderful to know that Hasbro is committed to getting scale as accurately as possible in the 3.75” line in this day and age. With all of this goodness, it’s hard to believe that there is a major issue affecting the Stormtrooper. The Stormtrooper’s legs are a relative nightmare. They are sculpted too closely together and the hips are awkwardly cut swivel joints which don’t give any meaningful movement when you try to pose him. When you articulate this figure in your hands, you’ll be frustrated to discover that you have tremendous upper body versatility, but little to no movement below the waist. It’s nearly maddening. You do get some cool static poses, but don’t expect vigorous action poses with this figure.

It’s really a shame that the Stormtrooper is limited in this way. Because it took so long for Hasbro to develop a high quality Stormtrooper figure, it’s a shame that not all of its parts were thoroughly tested to see if the articulation would accommodate in ways that gives collectors a definitive version. Visually, the Stormtrooper looks great. But it is our opinion that a Stormtrooper action figure needs ball-jointed hips in order to be considered definitive. The 2004 VOTC Stormtrooper should serve as enough proof as to why this it true. The Stormtrooper has been packaged on a Return Of The Jedi card back. Obviously this isn’t incorrect as this is the way the figure was released by Kenner from 1983 to 1984. But the Stormtrooper’s first appearance is from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Besides, that is how the Stormtrooper was originally released in 1978. It would have been nice to receive the Stormtrooper on a Star Wars card back. After all, he was one of the 12 Backs and these dozen action figures hold a special place in collectors’ hearts who grew up with the originals. The VOTC Stormtrooper still pays a great deal of homage and it looks awesome in the packaging. It’s not perfect, but it’s done very well.

Collector Notes


Status: Stormtrooper 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, ball-jointed torso, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles

Accessory Count: 1

Accessory Details: blaster rifle

Date Stamp: 2004

Assortment Number: 85272/85213

UPC: 076930852729

Retail: $9.99 USD

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The Original Trilogy Collection Vintage (Wave 1)
Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi
Han Solo
Luke Skywalker
Princess Leia Organa

The Original Trilogy Collection Vintage (Wave 2)
Darth Vader
Lando Calrissian
See-Threepio (C-3PO)

The Original Trilogy Collection Vintage (Wave 3)
Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) (With Extension Arm)
Boba Fett

Added: May 11, 2013
Category: Original Trilogy Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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