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The Imperial Stromtrooper is one of those iconic and distinctive movie soldier designs ever, which is instantly recognisable to even non-fans of Star Wars. The elite soldier is the main ground force of the Galactic Empire and a ever-present reminder of the power of Emperor Palpatine.

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Name: Stormtrooper (VC41)
Line: Star Wars Vintage Collection
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Released: 2011
Price: First released –$19.99 AUD, Now – varies $50 -$60 AUD Minimum
Scale: 3.67 inches in height
Accessories: One E-11 blaster and one DLT-19 rifle

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I’m not a hardcore Star Wars fan, but I do enjoy the original trilogy and the movies have stuck with me in one way or another from first watching them all those years ago in the early 1990s as a child, with my father and brother.

Hasbro have been making Star Wars figures for a long time now and with the Vintage Collection I feel they are making some of the best, if not the best small scale Stars Wars figures.
That’s not knocking anything Kenner made, the 1990’s Power Of The Force Star Wars figures I’ll always have a soft spot for as it’s the series of Star Wars figures I first collected as a child.

I picked up a few of these figures back when they were released, but I didn’t get hardcore into collecting the series, up until recently that is. I’ve got a nice collection going now which is a joint collection with my brother (like a lot of our figure collections, we like characters the other doesn’t)

I picked up the Stormtrooper a couple of weeks ago and was quite impressed with him, so I decided to do a review, with potentially a few more figures from the Vintage Collection to be reviewed in the near future.

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SCULPTING
The sculpting of the Stormtrooper is excellent! Especially in this scale, I really can’t find much, if any fault with it. The look of the Stormtrooper armour is captured really well. There are plenty of nice details on the helmet and torso, even the legs and arms with plenty of small grooves and indents between panels.

Even with the removable helmet the head underneath and helmet itself don’t look too small or big. The removable helmet is a nice touch, but not something required (by me at least.)
I’m not going to over scrutinize the sculpting too much, being more of a casual Star Wars fan, but it’s a home run for me.

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PAINT
The Stormtrooper is pretty light on paint, it’s mainly used for details on the figure and that’s just the way I like it. What paint there is, is fairly neat, I don’t have much slop if any on my figure.

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ARTICULATION
The Stormtrooper features the following articulation: Ball-jointed head, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel wrists, ball-jointed torso, swivel/hinge hips, swivel/hinge knees and swivel/hinge ankles.

For Star Wars figures at this scale and size, I think this is a perfect amount of articulation, even if it isn’t needed for the character, I think its great Hasbro included as much as possible. I really love the swivel/hinge joints as they give you plenty of poseability and are the most natural joint choice in my eyes.

You can get this trooper into a number of great poses you would expect to and even some you might not. The articulation these Star Wars figures have is definitely one of the things I really love about them.

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ACCESSORIES
The Stormtrooper comes with two guns, one blaster and one rifle as well. Both are sculpted really well for the size and cast in black. The blaster comes with pretty much any Imperial figure, be it Snowtrooper, AT-AT Pilot etc so, it’s getting a lot of use.

If I had a complaint with it, it would be that the plastic it is made out of can be a little too soft at times and the blasters can be a little bent right out of the packet.

The rifle is a lot harder plastic and looks great! It’s not normally a weapon I would use with my Stormtroopers but it’s nice to have that option. Like the blaster, this rifle has been used a lot with other figures.

Excellent likeness of Ray Liotta!

Excellent likeness of Ray Liotta!

POTENTIAL PROBLEMS
The only problem I can think of with this figure is getting the correct version of it! You have to be very careful when purchasing this figure to make sure it’s not the Empire Strikes Back version with will have incorrect paint applications on the helmet and torso.

Otherwise, Hasbro have made one solid toy. Just be careful with the blaster as sometimes they can go missing, being so small and (on occasion) fitting a little loose in the figures hands.

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PRICE
I paid about $50 AUD MOSC for this Stormtrooper, I also came pretty late to the party and only picked this figure up recently (2015 after all!), and hence the hefty mark up. I didn’t want to buy a loose version for my first Vintage Collection Stormtrooper, so I chose to pay more. If I intend to buy any more of this trooper to army build, I think I’ll be trying to pick up some loose ones.

For some figures you will just be paying through the nose if you didn’t get in early whether MOSC or loose (Vintage Collection C-3PO for example) the price can be fairly high, something to keep in mind if you are only now starting a small scale Star Wars collection.

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OVERALL
I know there are newer released Stormtroopers in the smaller size, like in the Black Series, but they are a little inferior when compared to this version (IE the neck is too long) I’m quite happy with this figure, he looks good among the other figures and the scale is great as well.

The only problem with having a number of smaller Star Wars figures is that now I want to buy a few more Stormtroopers, because after all, who can stop at just one? Definitely worth picking up if you can get one for a good price and if you are space limited. I bought the Hot Toys Stormtrooper two-pack recently so if I get the chance I’ll review them too.

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