Friday, March 27, 2009

Figure of the Day: Day 988: Endor Stormtrooper

IMPERIAL STORMTROOPER Ultimate Battle of Endor
30th Anniversary Collection Target Exclusive Battle Packs
Item No.:
Asst. 87565 No. 87567
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: Blaster
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $49.00
Availability: November 2007
Appearances: Return of the Jedi

Bio: Snowtroopers, also known as Cold Assault Stormtroopers, were Imperial stormtroopers trained to operate in arctic climates. Some snowtroopers were deployed under Death Squadron's Blizzard Force, as well as other arctic forces. (Stolen from Wookieepedia.)

Image: A desk drawer.

Commentary: Everything old is old again. This Stormtrooper is pretty nifty for a variety of reasons. First, it's Hasbro's first attempt at an Endor-specific Stormtrooper. Second, it's a repaint... of the Sandtrooper from the Saga Legends and Saga Collection lines. You can tell because it has the hole in the belt and no grenade. The figure sports what can best be called "grass stains," or maybe "forest damage." It's essentially the same Vintage Stormtrooper we've been getting since 2004, but with the Sandtrooper's belt, oh-- and also the Sandtrooper's backpack hole. Can't forget that. Which basically means it's just a Sandtrooper minus the gear.

As Battle Pack filler goes, it never gets better than this. Hasbro generally finds themselves forced to add value in a big boxed set, and sometimes what we get isn't fantastic. But Stormtroopers? That's exactly what you want them to throw in the box when there's room for more figures. Since this one looks a little different than every Stormtrooper figure ever released, collectors and troop builders will likely want to add it to their collection. You basically know what to expect from this figure, or you should, so enjoy it in all its white articulatedness.

Collector's Notes: Multiple Stormtroopers and Sandtroopers have been produced on basically the exact same mold over the years. If you've been with us since 2004, you may have as many as 15 or even more figures with essentially this exact same body, and different deco, a unique head and a removable helmet, or some other tweak. If you don't have any of the figures based on this design, well, what the heck is wrong with you?

--Adam Pawlus

Day 988: March 27, 2009

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