The Force Awakens Armor Up Figures
Item No.: Asst. B3886 No. B3892
Includes: Blaster, armor
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: September 2015
Appearances: The Force Awakens
Bio: Equipped with sleek armor and powerful weapons, the stormtroopers enforce the will of the First Order. (Taken from the figure's packaging. Yes, it's the same as the other Stormtrooper figures. It's a great way to learn the language.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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The actual armor is pretty nifty and silly. Much like buying a coat to keep over your coat, the armor to go over your armor seems... unusual. The green gear clips over the figure easily, giving him a neck brace that really does little to let you move his head. It's kind of funny - there's a series of rockets next to his head to encourage hearing loss, and a robo nipple as well as what appears to be a rank badge. The whole ordeal looks like a next-generation mutation of Commander Cody's upgrades, which makes me smile. The shoulder pads remind me of wings, but I have to assume this wasn't meant to be a rocket pack by virtue of the lack of any such thing on his back. So, for all intents and purposes, the First Order's elite troopers are wearing decorative green neck braces with little lights on them. It doesn't feel totally out of whack with what we've bought before, but it is a little... life preserver-ey.
My guess is a few years from now, this is the one that will be interesting to fans of the figure line. There will be dozens of Stormtroopers that look like the movie, but precious few have alternate armor or special suits to enhance them. This is, of course, finite - if Hasbro makes up dozens of new troopers, people will probably just as soon get sick of them. (See also: Clone Troopers.) I'd love to see what else Hasbro comes up with to augment figures, because coming up with a way of doing this while retaining the integrity of the core figure (and reusing the figure) is certainly a smart business move.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.
Day 2,198: September 21, 2015