Also known as TR-8R, Bandai cleverly sold variants with different weapons as Tamashii Web exclusives while removing the accessories that came with the normal releases.
Thinking that this guy would be a breakout star of the movie I decided to get him over the normal version.
Contents. You get three extra hands which consist of a pair of open hands and a right hand for holding the baton. The back of the shield also has a left hand fixed to it.
Overall views. The figure itself appears to be identical to the normal release.
Head. The paint job, while appearing to be less complicated than the original Stormtrooper, is decent here. Watching clips on Youtube it seems like the movie costume has less of a neck than the figure but doing so would reduce articulation range further.
Torso. I am not a major stickler for detail but the waist pouches on the figure are on hinges unlike the old Stormtrooper which simply used a single piece of soft plastic.
Legs. This design has less asymmetry compared to the original.
Articulation. This figure has an incredible amount of range compared to the original.
However unlike the ab crunch if you bend the figure backwards you expose a gap between the chest and stomach areas.
Torso twisting is unlimited while the shoulders have a slight swing. The hip joints are fixed so you can’t swing the legs above around 80 degrees but this is still way better than the original. Double joints are on the elbows and knees, but the knees don’t bend past around 120 degrees.
The waist pouches are on hinges so they do not impede articulation at all.
The shoulder pads are on a combination hinge/hinge/ball joint.
The shield-holding left hand is fixed to the shield.
The baton can be configured by replacing the front portion.
Unfortunately despite the sculpted hardpoint on the right thigh the baton does not mount to it, and I also don’t have a blaster from the normal release so yeah this is as inaccurate as it gets.
The stormtrooper of sick spins
You can just barely get the figure to hold the baton with both hands.
Somehow it’s much more fun to put the figure in stupid poses like so.
The base figure itself is great, but gets a point knocked off for its exclusivity and price. The viral popularity of this guy may also have helped sales compared to the upcoming heavy gunner variant which is also an exclusive.