The Force Awakens The Black Series 6-Inch Figure
Item No.: Asst. B3834 No. B9884
Includes: Stormtrooper blaster, rifle too
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: November 2016
Appearances: The Empire Strikes Back
Bio: Snowtroopers are stormtroopers trained for operations in arctic conditions and equipped with specialized gear to protect them against cold. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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The classic Snowtrooper design is here, with Hoth Battle Gear dirtied up a tiny bit. I've always found this odd - it may be accurate, but the old Kenner figure is in my head and as I grew up in the desert, I associate snow with being white, pristine, and not the slushy mess caked on his boots. No, because I didn't see that until I went to New York for Toy Fair in my 20s. (Thank you Mike Sullenger for the disgusting experience.) The color on the boots is exactly what the frosty street sludge looks like when it gets near the pure white snow, so Hasbro did a nice job matching that gunk. The creamy body glove looks good, as do the glossy white hard armor bits. The helmet does not have a removable head underneath, but it does sport two points of articulation around the neck to get some decent poses. Its various lights and switches are painted nicely, and its backpack has more deco than the original Kenner figure. It's nice, is what I'm saying.
For the price, it's great - I assume you'd love to army build him if it showed up in stores in good numbers. The figure was part of a great wave of six new figures sold online last year, and they're consistent sellers. The wave was packed with fan favorites new and old, with the Snowtrooper being an oft-requested stooge of the Empire - all but required on any collector's shelf. The figure excels in this format, with great sculpting and paintwork. It doesn't get to innovate, but it does give you what seems to be the logical extreme of just how good this format can look today without raising the price. Nicely done.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.
Day 2,351: March 13, 2017