Solo: A Star Wars Story Force Link 2.0 Basic Figures
Item No.: Asst. E0323 No. E1637
Includes: Blaster pistol, rifle
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: April 2018
Appearances: Solo: A Star Wars Story
Bio: The Mimban Stormtrooper was a variant of the Galactic Empire's standard stormtrooper. Some were part of the 224th Imperial Armored Division on Mimban, a mining planet located in the Expansion Region. Mimban Stormtroopers were armed with E-11 blaster rifles and they wore capes. (Stolen from Wookieepedia. Packaging has no bio.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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I've heard people say "less is more," but this 7-jointed figure lacks enough paint apps where I would say less is less - the LEGO figure looks a smidgen better. The wrists are jointed and it has the typical shoulder, hip, and neck joints. The hands are capable of gripping his blasters, but it's a loose grip. The cape is plastic, and hangs well. The paint on the body is perfectly nice with a helmet that disappoints a bit. It's not bad... just disappointing.
The sculpt is good - the helmet's forehead has an extra layer of armor that looks almost like a visor on the forehead. The parts are all where they should be, although many aren't painted. There's a black mark on the ear that's blank. The mouth is unpainted. The "vents" are unpainted. The swoosh under the eyes? Also unpainted. Everything is sculpted, so it probably suffered a budget cut or two. A black line on the visor is also blank. The figure is otherwise good - this sort of lack of detail is rather disappointing, particularly given every Stormtrooper since 1995 has tended to deliver on these painted areas. It's a bizarre step back on an otherwise particularly enticing action figure.
Because it's a new trooper from an old planet, I'd recommend getting it - but better versions are coming. Hasbro tried some good ideas here, but finding the right center of gravity is difficult. The paint job could be better. Still - it's different. For that reason I'd say buy one, but maybe hold off on troop building until something better comes along. I know the side-story movies haven't proven as popular financially, but boy howdy I hope Hasbro mines them for more toys.
Force Link 2.0 Notes: "Trooper standing guard." "Enemy re-enforcements incoming." "Look alive." "We're taking heavy fire here." "There they are. Blast them!" "Ahhhh!" And blaster sounds. This does not seem to be taken from a movie voice.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.
Day 2,498: July 12, 2018