Stormtrooper, Luke ***1/2; Obi-Wan **1/2
If you recognize this Stormtrooper, that's because he was dressed up
like a Sandtrooper for series 1 last year. Take off the shoulder pad
and clean up the armor, and you have this guy.
That's not a bad thing though.
The sculpt is solid work, and there's really no need to re-work it for
this release. The sculpt even works well with the articulation,
allowing for natural poses and little restriction. The hands are
sculpted to hold the accessories, and the holster is a perfect fit for
the smaller blaster. EDIT: As a reader pointed out, there are some very
subtle changes to the armor, that you can notice with careful side by
side inspection Perhaps the most obvious is the slight change to the
left kneecap, but there's minor alterations in a few other spots as
Luke is a nice head sculpt,
better than the usual Luke in any scale. The paint job doesn't really
support the sculpt, but that's a discussion for the next category.
His costume is also nicely
detailed, with a cloth texture. The holster is properly sized to hold
the blaster, and his lightsaber hilt has a loop to hang from the belt.
The belt hanger is a little soft, making it difficult to get the hilt
to attach and stay in place, but at least they gave it the old college
Obi-Wan has the weakest sculpt
of the three. The head sculpt is not particularly attractive, although
it's worse in macro photos than in person. He also appears a bit
pinheaded, because of the wide shoulders on the Jedi robes.
He also has a way to attach the
hilt to his belt, but this time it's a peg and peg hole arrangement.
It's in a rather awkward spot though, so it doesn't work a whole lot
better than Luke's.
The scale between these is
fairly good, with the Trooper coming in just a squeak over 6", Obi-wan
just under, and Luke is about 5 1/2".
Paint - Stormtrooper ***1/2; Luke
***; Obi-Wan **1/2
As I mentioned above, the work on Luke is a bit of a let down to the
sculpt. I think that the likeness is solid, but the sloppy eyes are
a killer. There's also more slop on the costume than is
appropriate, with some bad edges between the neck and the collar, and
around the boots.
He's not completely awful
though, and if you step back and look at the overall, you come away
with a positive feeling.
Obi-Wan isn't so lucky. The face
work is poor again, but because of the amount of facial hair, there are
a lot more bad edges with bleed and slop. The paint
does nothing to improve the overall look of the sculpt, and
there's even more slop on the costume, especially around the tops of
The Trooper is the big winner
here, with his clean, undamaged armor. The white is fairly
consistent, and the smaller details are the cleanest of the three
figures. There's still a minor issue here and there, but overall he's
the best of the lot.
Articulation - Stormtrooper ****;
Luke, Obi-Wan ***1/2
When I reviewed the Sandtrooper, I scored him at ***1/2 in this
category. But the longer I've worked with him, and now this new
Trooper, the more I like what they've done.
There's a reasonable ball-like
neck, with movement in most directions. It doesn't tilt quite as well
as a true ball, but it's not bad, and a reasonable compromise. Think
The shoulders have a decent
range of movement, and there's a cut bicep, double pin elbows, and pin
wrists that allow for very good arm poses.
His waist is a ball joint with a
great range of movement, and his true ball hips work well with the cut
thighs, double pin knees, and pin/rocker ankles. While all the leg
joints work well together, the rocker ankles are particularly
important, allowing the feet to remain fully flat on the ground in deep
Both Luke and Obi-wan mirror
this articulation - almost. Neither has a cut bicep, and it does hamper
the arms a bit. The NECA style shoulders look good, but don't have as
much movement as a true ball, and without the cut bicep it can be
tricky to get them in just the right spot.
They try to make up for it by
altering the elbows. Rather than standard double pins, they went with
the peg/disc style joint that allows the elbow to turn as well as move
forward and back. It does help, and I'm sure the idea was to maintain a
more attractive arm sculpt. But if you look at those ugly elbows on
Obi-Wan, you'll see they missed that mark.
All the figures stand great on
their own though, and the joints are tight and solid. I didn't have any
trouble breaking them free, and it didn't feel like they'd snap or warp
Accessories - ***
None of these have the assortment of extras of someone like Han Solo or
the Sandtrooper, which is a let down of course.
The Trooper has the long and
short blaster, but that's it. No other special weapons, and no other
hands. The blasters do look good though, and fit in the hands he has
and the holster properly.
Luke and Obi-Wan have one
extra - their lightsaber. Again, no extra hands. That's too bad because
the gripping hand sculpts are pretty specific, and when they are in
relaxed stance or single hand grip pose, they can look a
The lightsaber blade is
removable though, so they can be posed with it lit or unlit.
Luke also has his blaster, which fits nicely in the holster on his hip.
Fun Factor - ****
These are the best Star Wars action figures on the pegs right now,
overall. There are some great 4" figures, no doubt about it, but as a
series, these are much better toys than the average release. Great
articulation, solid sculpts and paint - kids will love them.
Value - **1/2
I'm loosening up a bit on the price point here. I knocked them down
another half star with the first series, but considering the quality of
the articulation, I can understand the $20 price point. They aren't
doing a billion figures either, making them a bit more expensive to
produce than the smaller series.
It'd still be nice for the
Troopers to be a little cheaper though - once they release Vader,
you'll need at least two, and a whole army couldn't hurt.
Things to Watch Out For -
Try to pick out the best paint you can. Other than that, you should be
good to go.
Overall - Stormtrooper
***1/2; Luke ***; Obi-Wan **1/2
The Trooper is sweet - but that should be no surprise, since the
Sandtrooper was as well. He's going to sell well too, since most of us
won't be satisfied with just one. If Hasbro needs to pack in a fourth
figure with a future wave, make it a trooper, please.
Luke is nice, although I'm not
sure this is the outfit I was really jonesing for. I have this bad
feeling that Luke is going to become the Homer Simpson of the Star Wars
Obi-wan is a disappointment, due
to the sloppy paint and slightly sub-par sculpt. If you have Maul, then
this Obi-wan at least gives you a character to pair him with, but I'm
not sure that's a good enough reason to drop the twenty bucks. You
might want to wait for a Qui-gonn for the same purpose, and hope they
do a better job.
Packaging - ****
Sculpting - Stormtrooper, Luke ***1/2; Obi-Wan **1/2
Paint - Stormtrooper ***1/2; Luke ***; Obi-wan **1/2
Articulation - Strormtrooper ****; Luke, Obi-wan ***1/2
Accessories - ***
Fun Factor - ****
Value - **1/2
Overall - Stormtrooper ***1/2; Luke ***; Obi-Wan **1/2
Where to Buy -
Online options include these site sponsors:
Comics N Stuff has this set of three for $73.
Earth sells the set of four (includes Han) for $80, and they
usually have the singles for $20 each.
From Another World has them at $27 each.
- Big Bad Toy Store has the set of
four for $80 as well, but you can also just get the set of three new
figures for $75.
- or you can search
ebay for a deal.
I covered both the first and second waves, including Slave Leia and Boba Fett,
and Han Solo and Greedo.
I also covered the first wave, with Darth
Maul and the Sandtrooper, as well as X-Wing Pilot Luke and R2-D2.
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