Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,680: Sandtrooper

SANDTROOPER Black Shoulder Pauldron
The Legacy Collection Saga Legends
Item No.:
Asst. 87995 No. 92090
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #SL21
Includes: Weapons crate, blaster, backpack, pauldron, grenade, prod
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $7.99
Availability: July 2008
Appearances: Star Wars

Bio: Jedi mind tricks often work on the weak-minded. Such is the case when a squad of sandtroopers asks Jedi Maser Obi-Wan Kenobi about the two droids that are with him in a landspeeder. Obi-Wan tricks them into concluding, "These aren't the droids we're looking for." (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam's former back yard.

Commentary: While Rebelscum has a sample of this figure on a 2007-style coin Saga Legends cardback, I'm convinced this Sandtrooper never saw actual release on the card. It seems it was only a few rare samples, which (so far) seem to not have been distributed outside Hasbro. I could be wrong... but I'm going to say I'm right and my guess is nobody will prove me wrong.

The figure is based on the 2004 Stormtrooper Vintage body, which means it was revised as a Sandtrooper in 2006 and repainted and rereleased several times since then, repackaged with other gear and for the longest time this was the easiest agent of the Empire to army-build. With 14 points of articulation, it's a neat figure but it's also one you could fake. The plain white body has been released before, and a black shoulder pauldron has appeared on other figures-- so with some creative swapping, you could have fudged this one before it was released. It's a nice addition to your army, but it's also entirely possible you had far too many Sandtroopers at this point. You can also leave his gear off to end up with a plain Stormtrooper, which is a pretty good selling point on this one.

Collector's Notes: While it's no longer shipping, a lot of them are out there and if you want you might-- just maybe-- be able to pick one up.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,680: November 22, 2011

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