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The Power Of The Force “2” [FlashBack/CommTech]

Stormtrooper - POTF2 [FB/CT] - Basic

Name: Stormtrooper
Collection: The Power Of The Force "2" [FlashBack/CommTech]
Number: N/A
Source: A New Hope
Availability: October 1999
License: Hasbro

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Within the Death Star, a group of Imperial stormtroopers are in hot pursuit of Han, Luke, Leia, and Chewbacca, as they attempt to return to the impounded Millennium Falcon. But the heroic escapees blast away before the shock troops have a chance to return fire.

By the time Star Wars fans were gearing up for the first new Star Wars film in 16 years, we began to wonder if Hasbro would do right by us and produce a better quality Stormtrooper action figure. The answer was yes when they released 1999’s POTF2 [FB/CT] Stormtrooper figure, the first Stormtrooper in the basic figure line with more than six points of articulation with the inclusion of premium ball-jointed articulation to sweeten the pot. Affectionately known as the “CommTech Stormtrooper”, this figure brought the shock troopers of the Galactic Empire to a whole new elevated level and these figures quickly became the talk of the town. With updated articulation, a great sculpt and awesome accessories, the Stormtrooper figure of the late nineties was a sight to behold. Not completely perfectly of course, the Stormtrooper was still a figure that fan boys and girls would be army building like there was no tomorrow as well as hoarding for rainy days. Complete with a silly yet acceptable action feature, the CommTech Stormtrooper is a modern day testament to what collectors find acceptable from Hasbro in the basic figure line.

When we all received our first Stormtrooper action figure in 1995’s The Power Of The Force "2" line, we all knew something went awry. We asked why our Stormtrooper looked like He-Man in Stormtrooper armor and why the detail was very animated instead of being as realistic as possible. But in all honesty, we were just so happy to have new figures that their appearance did very little to stop us from buying them. Plus, it was our first Stormtrooper to have an articulated head, so again, we had very little to complain about with that release. (Editor’s Note: Now? There is more reason to complain than not sadly.) It took four years, but Hasbro finally listened to our cries and developed a figure that is a tremendous leap forwards in a direction to where a definitive Stormtrooper action figure would be. This version has room to grow, but we’re heading in the right direction for sure. The Stormtrooper also has some cool updated features, albeit all are not too useful. The inclusion of a holster is nice (but keep in mind it isn’t functional). But we have to state that we’re quite impressed with the new lean Stormtrooper frame and the inclusion of ball-jointed shoulders as well as a ball-jointed head. These points do wonders for the figure.

So what about that action feature? It’s actually pretty neat. Cold water (or cold temperatures for that matter) will turn the clear battle-damage marking black (so that it was visible). Once you warmed up the figure it would instantly disappear. In fact, a simple touch of the battle-damage with your finger would make it disappear. Now, as much as we appreciate this addition, it will sadly make the Stormtroopers have the battle-damage in the same exact spots. Thankfully you need adverse conditions to be able to see it. Who wants a billion Stormtroopers with the same blaster marks? Another bonus to the figure is the weapons rack. We would have loved to see the inclusion of an E-11 blaster, but all we get is the long rifle instead. That is alright, however, because we have plenty of E-11 blasters at this point that this figure can borrow. But the weapons rack actually works. We are quite impressed with it. Despite his relatively abundance from being included multiple times in multiple case assortments, this figure was indeed scarce at the retail level. Chalk that up to intense demand for multiples of this figure by everyone who pursued it, and not because it was a rare figure at all. Hopefully you have one by now. It’s a history making figure for sure. You should own one for posterity.

Collector Notes


Status: Stormtrooper is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 13 points (10 areas of articulation)

Articulation Details: ball-jointed head (2), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), swivel left elbow (1), swivel right elbow (1), swivel waist (1), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1), hinge-jointed left knee (1), hinge-jointed right knee (1)

Accessory Count: 2

Accessory Details: blaster rifle, blaster rifle rack

Date Stamp: 1999

CommTech Details: Name: Stormtrooper; Status: Member of the Imperial shock troops; Number: C7

Assortment Number: 84185/84209

UPC: 076930842096

Retail: $6.99 USD

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Added: January 5, 2015
Category: Power Of The Force "2" [FlashBack/CommTech], The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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