Thursday, November 22, 2018

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,536: Stormtrooper (Mimban, The Black Series 6-Inch)

The Force Awakens The Black Series 6-Inch - Walmart Exclusive
Item No.:
  No. E2490
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: Blaster, poncho
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $17.96
Availability: September 2018
Appearances: Solo: A Star Wars Story

Bio: A cool and efficient officer, General Veers led the Imperial assault on Hoth, marching his AT-AT walkers across the planet's frozen plains and destroying the massive generators powering the Rebel base's protective energy shield. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)

Image: Adam's photo lab.

Availability: Click here to buy it at Amazon now!

Commentary: I admire Hasbro being smart about reusing molds.  This Stormtrooper (Mimban) brings back the same mold we've had for red Stormtroopers, regular Stormtroopers, disguised Stormtroopers, and even black Stormtroopers.  We get a new helmet, a cape that is also kind of a poncho with a hood, some dirt paint, and a new blaster.  It's what it should be - a smart redeco with a few new parts to make it different and exciting.

Articulation is what you've seen before - double knees, double elbows, bend-and-swivel wrists, and enough to make this a good trooper to stock up on if the opportunity presented itself.  The figure has no problems gripping the blaster, and there's even a holster - not painted black for some reason - in case you want it. The revised helmet has the extra forehead protection, and I like the dirty mud pattern with extra glop on the shoes.  While every helmet detail may not be painted in, it's impressive.   The dirt hides the missing painted lines in a few spots quite nicely, and the mud is a cooler paint operation anyway.   I like the cape, even if the hood on this quasi-poncho doesn't quite rest as I would prefer it.  It hangs there and it looks cool.  This is good enough for me.

While nobody truly needs more Stormtroopers - particularly when we're lacking in figures from this specific sequence - I'll never say no to a cool armored figure done well.  Get it if you see it, you probably won't.

Collector's Notes: I got mine from Walmart.   The box eschews red spot color in favor of a glossy grey.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 2,536: November 22, 2018

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