STAR WARS OTC (Original Trilogy Collection) STORMTROOPER
The Star Wars Original Trilogy Collection is out, and if my observations in the stores are any indication, they're certainly selling well. To a degree, I can understand why. The figures are probably the best likenesses of the characters ever, and the articulation certainly is. The figures are not notably pre-posed, and have a wide range of motion. The packaging, based significantly on the package cards for the original toy line from the 70's and 80's, is a bit of a kick. The outer sealed plastic bubble and the ten-dollar price tag is another matter. Really, what's the good of making a figure with that much articulation if most people are just going to seal it away!? And ten bucks for one of these? Thanks much, but I think I'll stick with the Luke, Han, Obi-Wan, R2, Boba Fett, Chewie, and Vaders that I already have.
But -- there are exceptions. As part of the non-animated CLONE WARS line, Hasbro turned out a "Super-Poseable" Clone Trooper that was harder to find than a snowball in Arizona -- in July. Not in the least pre-posed, a too-frequent problem for certain Star Wars figures, this Clone Trooper had a level of articulation normally reserved for G.I.Joe figures, lacking a bit in the legs but even including wrist and ankle articulation -- no easy feat on a figure 3-3/4" in height.
I suspect a lot of collectors thought, "Hey, wouldn't it be cool if they'd make a Stormtrooper like this?" Apparently Hasbro agreed, because that's what they've done. However, they put him in the deluxe OTC line. As such, with that price tag -- I bought ONE. And from what I've been hearing, I was probably lucky to get that. Nothing like a short-packed "army-builder", even one that some might say is overpriced, to create an immediate scarcity.
The figure is excellent. The helmet is a perfect likeness. The figure is superbly articulated at the head, arms, elbows, wrists, mid-torso, legs, knees, and ankles. Many of these points of articulation have multiple movement. The elbow not only moves outwards, it has a swivel feature, for example.
The Stormtrooper comes with his blaster pistol, and there's even a holster attached to the figure which does accommodate the gun, so he can carry his gun and you don't have to worry about a lost accessory.
What I found interesting was that the Stormtrooper's armor didn't look as much like the Clone Trooper's armor as I expected it to. I stood both figures side by side and was amazed at the difference. Arguably, the Clone Trooper's armor is the more advanced-looking, even though from a timeline standpoint within the Star Wars universe, the Stormtrooper came later.
Granted, George Lucas had to cobble together the Stormtrooper armor on a rather limited budget in 1977, and he rendered the Clone Troopers on state of the art computers 25 years later.
But, that's not to put down either figure. And the Stormtrooper does have as much a place in the Star Wars legacy as Luke Skywalker and Han Solo. Certainly the overall appearance is recognizable.
I imagine we can look forward to the "missing link" in all of this, the Clone Troopers or whatever they may be called, in Episode III. Early pictures show a helmet design that is very much a midpoint between Clone Trooper and Stormtrooper. Let's hope Hasbro produces a figure of like quality and articulation to those two.
And I wouldn't mind if this new Stormtrooper turned up in a less expensive format at some point, perhaps a multi-pack? Like I said, at $10.00 each -- I bought ONE for myself. And while I cannot give my wholehearted recommendation to the entire line, except to say that if you're willing to pay the price, you will be getting some excellent likenesses of popular classic Star Wars figures in some really well articulated action figures, I do give a strong recommendation -- if you can find him -- to the STORMTROOPER. He's one that's worth it!