I was out downtown yesterday, the same day some Bandai toys were released. Unfortunately at the department store I know of most of them were sold out already, but I happened to chance upon the last remaining guy on a display at the entrance, and seeing it came with price and anti-theft tags it must have been for sale so I grabbed it. Darth Vader was out too but he was nowhere to be found.
Various other versions of the Stormtrooper were also on sale, but one can’t go wrong with the SH Figuarts version, right? Or so I thought…
The packaging size has been reduced. It seems like Kamen Rider Drive also has the same reduced-size package. It’s not a good omen seeing as he seemed to be lacking in accessories.
And this guy is indeed sparse on accessories. You get two extra pairs of hands and a blaster.
Overall views. He seems quite well-proportioned and most of the joints are well-hidden by the white armour.
I’m not a massive Star Wars geek, but he seems to have an elongated face especially around the chin. The details of the helmet are nicely painted.
The belt is made of soft plastic and seems a bit rough.
Nothing much to complain, but it seems from other reviews that he lacks a holster on the back.
The trademark asymmetrical knees.
Most of us would have expected superb articulation from this guy, but we’re horribly wrong. The helmet gets in the way of most poses.
The waist has a wide range though and can turn 360 degrees at the waist and chest. The belt is a separate piece so it can get out of the way.
Sadly the arms only have 90 degrees of motion despite the usual double joints.
The shoulder pauldrons have a hinge/ball joint that can move out of the way of most poses.
Sadly the hip joints aren’t of the extendable variety. No idea why Bandai designed it that way as the thigh armour bumps into the crotch plate all the time. The ankle joints can swing sideways generously.
Because of that the hips can’t really swing forward. Making things worse are the knees – the right knee can barely reach 90 degrees.
The extra pairs of hands are for holding the blaster.
This is one of those toys where getting multiples multiplies the fun, but I can’t find them anywhere now.
Stormtrooper marksmanship on display.
Despite the gimped elbow articulation you can manage blaster-holding poses without too much difficulty.
Getting shot again.
I tried to make him look like a bumbling guy like they should be.
This is a lightly-packed release which seems to justify the slightly lower than usual price. The lacklustre articulation is a particular disappointment on this figure; otherwise for the most part it looks great.