Thursday, February 11, 2010

Figure of the Day: Day 1,217: Stormtrooper (Comic Pack)

STORMTROOPER Blue Shadow Virus (minus virus)
30th Anniversary Collection Comic Packs
Item No.:
Asst. 87504 No. 87507
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #03
Includes: Blaster, reprint of Marvel's Star Wars #3
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $9.99
Availability: April 2007
Appearances: Star Wars

Bio: Governor Tarkin commands a personal contingent of elite stormtroopers aboard the Death Star, each one personally cleared and handpicked by the Governor himself. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' box insert.

Commentary: There's no such thing as having too big a Stormtrooper army. This one uses the 1999/2000 mold, but adds red lenses, blue shadows, aaaand that's pretty much it. Back when it was first released with movie deco, the notion of ball-jointed shoulders and knee joints was a pretty big deal. When first released in 2007, the comic edition was a bit of a drag in terms of sculpt-- but it looks nice. As part of a small subset of Marvel-deco figures, this is a figure I'd suggest buying to anyone wanting a small set of figures to keep on their desks. The Marvel coloring is pretty spectacular and in this age of urban vinyl toys that nobody buys but everybody likes to pretend are the biggest thing since McFarlane started a toy company, these little guys really do look like nifty, arty toys to keep on your desk or in a little shadow box. I wouldn't suggest these get bought by anyone who doesn't admire style over substance, because these are stylish. And kind of lame as toys, but man do they look nice for the asking price.

Collector's Notes: This is the first release. Subsequent releases lack the blue shadowing, and they're different enough that we consider them essentially different figures.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,217: February 11, 2010

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