FIRST ORDER STORMTROOPER
STAR WARS: ELITE SERIES (DISNEY)
“Equipped with sleek armor and powerful weapons, the Stormtroopers enforce the will of the First Order.”
Wow, that’s the same bio used on the Hasbro Black Series figures. I guess Disney’s really strict about what goes in those bios. I mean, I guess it’s a decent enough write-up for the Stormtroopers. It’s not like there’s a whole lot to them, right? So, hey, it’s been a while since I reviewed a basic Stormtrooper (First Order or otherwise). How about one of those? This time, the figure’s metal. Oooooooooh!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The First Order Stormtrooper was released as part of the very first series of Disney’s Star Wars: Elite Series, which hit way back on the first Force Friday event. The figure stands about 7 inches tall and he has 16 points of articulation. He’s very similar in construction to the previously reviewed Poe figure (metal for the torso,arms, and legs, and plastic for the hands, feet and head), though he does feel a bit lighter weight. That’s probably due to the slightly more svelte design. He’s still rather restricted in terms of movement (he’s yet another FO Trooper that can’t actually hold his blaster two-handed), but he’s on par with the other two figures I’ve gotten. It could certainly be worse. While there was a definite upturn in the level of detail displayed on the K-2 figure, the Trooper, as an older release, is still rather on the soft side. Given the sleeker nature of the Stormtroopers, it’s not too bad, but he does miss out on the fun underlying jumpsuit details that we saw on the Black Series version of this design. On the plus side, he lacks the weird hand thing that plagued the Poe figure, and just seems to have better proportions in general. He also doesn’t face any issues of facial likeness, which seems to alleviate a major issue the Disney figures seem to face. Like both prior Elite Series figures I’ve looked at, the Stormtrooper is assembled using screws along the back of the figure. 10 of them to be exact. While K-2 added covers so as to prevent them from ruining the aesthetics, the Stormtrooper takes after Poe, which means his assembly screws are left totally uncovered. It’s definitely distracting, but at least it’s confined to the back of the figure. The paint on the Stormtrooper is decent enough; it’s not like there’s a lot of really complex work or anything going on, so there’s less that can be screwed up. There’s still some slight slop here and there, but for the most part he looks pretty clean. The figure is packed with two blasters (one large and one small) and a display stand, which is the same as the ones included with Poe and K-2. The smaller blaster is designed to be stowed on the right thigh, but I ended up having to do a little work on my figure to get the two pieces to fit together, due to a slight malformation of the gun.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
This figure was given to me by my friend Rio, who is an exchange student visiting from Japan. Rio has been staying with one of Super Awesome Girlfriend’s friends, and has become a fixture of our group of friends over the last several months. She also really likes to give gifts, so she’s made a point of getting something for each of us over the course of a few trips she’s made to various attractions. When she traveled to Disney World, she got something for Super Awesome Girlfriend, but not for me. I wasn’t expecting anything, so I was far from upset, but Rio wanted to get me something. On her trip to NYC over spring break, she tracked down the Disney Store and, with a little guidance from Super Awesome Girlfriend, picked this guy out for me. He’s actually pretty cool, and you can never have too many Stormtroopers, right? Anyway, Rio is heading back home to Japan today, so I thought I’d give this figure a review as a send off and a testament to how great it’s been to have her around these last few months. Good luck, Rio!