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The Saga Collection

Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear) - TSC - Vintage

Name: Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear)
Collection: The Saga Collection
Number: N/A
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: May 2007
License: Hasbro

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Celebrate the legendary Star Wars films that changed the universe forever, with The Saga 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 re-creations of the iconic Star Wars heroes and villains are back with incredible detail and premium features to commemorate each epic tale in the Star Wars saga. 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!

Hasbro was intent on recycling their first two takes on the Snowtrooper for most of the duration of the toy line. The first Snowtrooper from the 1997 POTF2 collection as well as 2003’s SW Snowtrooper (’03 #19) were pretty much it for collectors until 2007. And Hasbro even at one time cobbled together parts from both to make 2006’s TSC Snowtrooper (SAGA 011) figure too! A decade passed and we were all treated to the truly definitive Snowtrooper of the modern era, thanks to getting a coveted place in the vintage-styled The Saga Collection wave of figures, although, it is quite difficult not to call him Snowtrooper since he also picked up the vintage-styled name as well, Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear). This figure may just be the best Hasbro can do for us. It is perfect in almost every way, although the purist in us wish that a removable helmet was not an option here. But this is no big deal, because the remedy to not wanting a removable helmet is to simply leave it on the figure. This vintage figure also has the distinction of shipping in solid case assortments to meet the army-building demands of collectors. Hasbro essentially vowed that they would never release solid cases of figures, but they did in this case, perhaps due to the history of the 2006 VTSC Biker Scout and the 2004 VOTC Stormtrooper. Interestingly, this didn’t allow the Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear) to stay on pegs that much longer and even sold through quicker than the other figures in this wave.

At first glance, you may think that this figure is a little short for an Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear), but it is almost the same height as the 1980 vintage figure. The POTF2 one was clearly too tall and the 2003 SW version may have been the right height, but his crouching action stance made it difficult to tell for sure. Besides having the slightest bit of a too wide stance in his legs, this figure is one that will surely remain a standard in the action figure line for years to come. Not too dirty, the Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear) does have dirt where he needs it and these are in all the right places definitely. The boots and shin armor are smear with brown dirt while the chest armor is speckled with realistic black dirt (which may be intended to be wear) almost as if the trooper had rubbed up against something or encountered one or two many battles with the Rebel Alliance. And these battle-damaged and dirt markings are very subtle, so the figure remains white as he should without looking like he’s been bleached. In short, this deco is flawless. This figure comes with a removable backpack, blaster pistol and of course the removable helmet with ghastly clone head underneath. Sorry, we don’t mean to diminish this figure’s awesomeness with snide remarks here, but a figure (especially in the vintage line) should remain faithful to the Original Trilogy instead of trying to make everything full circle. Again, this doesn’t mean that we don’t absolutely adore this figure. It is just a request for Hasbro to use better judgment next time.

When production samples of this figure were first show at 2007’s Toy Fair, there was quite a bit of debate on the look of the figure’s soft-goods kama. You can see a good picture of this here. Clearly the cut of this skirt was not entirely correct, but Hasbro quickly alleviated fans’ fears and explained that it would be corrected in time for the figure’s general release. It was and while it was a marked improvement, the fabric seemed a little chewed up on the edges where these newly added cuts were placed. Still, the figure came out like a charm and it easily remains one of our favorites from Hasbro yet. (Editor’s Note: This figure was repainted and released in the Legacy Collection as BD55. Hasbro gave the helmet some contrast in the front and back of the helmet and the dirt patterns are essentially all new. Sadly, the widened stance is a detraction.) The Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear) will probably remain one of the most popular military figures in the Star Wars line. Collectors love The Empire Strikes Back and we all remember loving to play in the snow. This figure gives us both memories mashed up into one and for that he has quite a fond place in our hearts. It is unlikely that Hasbro will be able to improve this figure that much, if at all. Of course ball-jointed hips will make this figure flawless, but Hasbro is very picky about what figures get this ultra-articulated treatment. It would be nice if every figure got this articulation standard like the GI Joe line, but we will just have to be a little more patient we suppose. Still, this enhanced Snowtrooper is definitive for right now and even if Hasbro makes some marked improvement on a future figure, this one is not likely to age with time or in comparison!

Collector Notes

Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear)

Status: Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear) 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: removable helmet, blaster rifle, removable backpack

Date Stamp: 2007

Assortment Number: 87305/87295

UPC: 653569213895

Retail: $9.99 USD

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Vintage The Saga Collection (2007)
Bossk (Bounty Hunter)
Han Solo (Hoth Outfit)
IG-88 (Bounty Hunter)
Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear)
Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues)
Princess Leia Organa (In Combat Poncho)

Vintage The Saga Collection (2006)
Biker Scout
Han Solo (In Trench Coat)
Luke Skywalker: X-wing Pilot
Sand People

Added: May 20, 2010
Category: Saga Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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