Star Wars "Dollar Store" 6-Inch Figure
Item No.: Asst. F5823 No. F5829
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: July 2022
Appearances: Star Wars
Bio: Plastic-free packaging! (Taken from the figure's packaging. There is no bio.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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Wilton 1983 Stormtrooper and Darth Vader cake toppers on my desk for a while now, and this figure is better than that.
I noticed the blaster - molded to the hand - is an original trilogy-style pre-Disney one, lacking that extra scope we started seeing around Rogue One. This lead me to assume they probably reused the Titan Hero Series 12-inch size figure sculpt, but they didn't - this is new. The chest greeblies are all different, the pose is different too. The arms are a bit more natural, the legs are a smidgen further apart, and the end result is a perfectly good Stormtrooper figure.
Hasbro did for Marvel in 2019 (Spider-Man, Hulk, Black Panther were great, Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America were also available. This "cheap" format doesn't work for every character - but it would absolutely work for Darth Vader, C-3PO, Stormtroopers, and probably Inquisitors and some other odds and ends. But I digress. For what this figure is, and what it costs, I can recommend it as a great toy for a kid or as an ideal at-the-office toy because at $5, it's less heartbreaking if it gets stolen. I love this entire line of figures - warts and all - because it's only 19 figures after 7 years, and the only one I still can't find is Chewbacca. It's cheap and fun, and not overwhelming - and as far as I know (not counting packaging variants) there's only one major deco variant, and that's a C-3PO I'll show here soon.
If you find one, I'd say buy it - give it a try. You might feel inclined to touch up the paint a tiny bit, but for $5 I think it's one of the most satisfying purchases I've made of a Hasbro product in recent memory. I don't get to say this a lot, but you absolutely get your money's worth here. "Wah that looks like a fast food Happy Meal toy!" some of you may say. And to you I say "I doubt you've seen anything remotely this good in years."
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Five Below. This figure comes in a new assortment (F5823 started with plastic-free packaging in 2022, B3946 was the previous assortment form 2015-2022, which sometimes had an open tray or open window, and sometimes had a plastic sheet.)
Day 2,965: October 4, 2022