Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,887: Stormtrooper (Skywalker Saga, Gold)

with Darth Vader

Skywalker Saga Commemorative Collection Walmart Exclusive 3 3/4-Inch Action Figure 2-Pack
Item No.:
Asst. E8177 No. E8183
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: Lightsaber, blaster
Action Feature: n/
Retail: $14.92
Availability: October 2019
Appearances: Star Wars
Bio: Stormtroopers are elite shock troops fanatically loyal to the Empire and impossible to sway from the Imperial cause. (Taken from marketing copy. There is no bio.)

Image: Adam's photo lab.

Availability: Click here to buy it at Entertainment Earth now!

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I initially passed on this set - and that was probably the right move. I opened the set and the Stormtrooper figure slowly started to turn its helmet... and then sheared the neck off at the peg. Well. It's a gold repaint of the Solo: A Star Wars Story mold which was reused in the quickly-forgotten tube-packed Galaxy of Adventures line in 2019. It has a blaster and limited articulation. It is gold. The hands are loose on the blaster. And, again, the neck twisted off... so i don't like this figure.

If left carded it's pretty nice. The gold paint reflects all the nice sculpted detail and highlights just how hard they work on making a nice looking figure. Like Vader, I'd recommend it for carded collectors or for fans needing a shelf of gold figures that they'll never, ever touch. This one didn't have the paint stickiness issues I saw on Vader, but there were enough problems between the two that I can't really fathom why anyone would buy and enjoy these figures as toys. I'd say just got get the previous releases, and use this as a trophy/display item. Or better yet, don't bother buying it. Your mileage may vary but "head breaks off" is probably the only thing worse beyond "head falls off" as far as an item's construction quality goes.

Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth. These sets were initially Walmart exclusives.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 2,887: January 4, 2022

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