Sculpting - ****
When it comes to the sculpt, these are
identical figures. The armor is beautiful, although we've seen it
before. I'm not including an Outfit category this time, since the
Sculpt and Paint really covers the overall costume.
There are two
helmets included - Phase 1 and Phase 2. I've included photos using
both, but I specifically did close ups of the Veteran wearing each.
Both look amazing, and having both means you can mix and match these
three figures, or you can simply keep them consistent in appearance.
armor is designed to allow a maximum amount of posability, and still
look accurate. I did find that the thigh pieces ride a little low,
exposing a bit more of the hips and thighs than I really like, but you
can futz with it and get past the problem.
There's a ton of extra
hands (and one set of feet) included, which will really improve the
Accessories score. The sculpt on these is designed to work with the
maximum number of poses and accessories, and they succeed.
are sixth scale of course, and come in at just about 12" tall. They'll
fit in nicely with other Sideshow, Hot Toys and Enterbay figures.
Paint - Veteran, 501st ****;
As you might expect, the place where there's some variation in score is
the place where there's some variation period. While I knocked Shiny
down a smidge in this category, it's really an aesthetic issue and not
one of quality.
damage and wear on both the Veteran and 501st looks terrific, and quite
realistic. I'm particularly fond of the Vet, but the blue really works
on the 501st as well.
I'm knocking the Shiny off a bit
because the glossy, perfect finish looks much more toy-like to me. It
lacks a bit of the realism of the other two, but that's really a
Articulation - Veteran, Shiny
***1/2; 501st ***
All three of these use the same base body, so you'd expect the same
underlying body has all the articulation you expect, including two ball
joints at the neck which allow for a terrific range of movement. While
not quite as perfect as the TrueType when it comes to taking natural,
flowing stances, these are still well above average.
general complaint is that all three are still a little loose. They
don't have any of the extreme issues I've mentioned in the reviews of
recent Sideshow DC characters, but they are still a bit looser in the
hips, elbows and knees than I'd really like.
The 501st ended up
having one more issue. As I was swapping hands, I found that one of the
forearms started to crack open, gapping at the seam where it should be
tightly glued. That meant that the left hand started to slip in and out
much too easily, making it harder to work with the figure. I didn't
have this problem with the other two, so it's clearly not a consistent
problem, but it's still something to remain aware of.
Accessories - ****
three are identical when it comes to accessories, but there's a ton of
them. That makes the re-use a lot more palatable, since you can make
all three look very unique.
Perhaps the most important is
inclusion of the Phase 1 and Phase 2 helmets. When you think Phase 1,
think Stormtrooper, while Phase 2 is more traditional Clone Trooper.
helmets look terrific, and they pop on and off easily. The double ball
joints in the neck aren't restricted by the helmet either, making it
possible to tilt and lean, adding lots of realism to any pose.
a ton of hands - 13 in all. These include the usual (fists, gripping
hands, etc.) as well as some very specific gesture poses. The hands
swap easily enough (and every one has it's own wrist peg), but I did
have the wrist/forearm problem with the 501st that I mentioned above.
with the many hands, there's one extra set of feet. These are sculpted
with the foot bent, to allow for running or crouching poses.
enough weapons to go around too, with the blaster carbine, blaster
rifle, and rotary cannon. That means each can have his own gun on the
shelf that's unique - until you pick up the 212th.
They each come
with four popper grenades as well, which they can hold in one of the
gripping hands or carry in their cool backpack. The pack has a cloth
cover that opens and closes easily, making it possible for them to haul
extra goodies with them.
The straps on the packs are set
the right length out of the package, but are adjustable of course. They
also have easy to
use buckles, so you can get them on and off the figure easily. The
aren't necessary to keep the pack in the perfect spot on his back
either - there's a strong magnet that will hold them in place.
there's the usual black display base for consistency. I don't use them
myself, but it's an important add for those that do.
Fun Factor - ****
of accessories with solid articulation and a great look? That's pretty
much the perfect recipe for a sixth scale figure. Better yet, there's
nothing here that's super fragile or likely to break with even normal
play. While it's unlikely any 10 year old will ever get to use these
guys as toys, it's nice to know they have true action figure DNA in
Value - **
At $140, these are a bit steeper than some past Troopers. While there's
plenty of cool accessories here, there's also a ton of re-use. They've
maximized their profit by packaging the same figure multiple times with
a basic paint change, but this price point makes it tough for a
completist to keep up
with all of them.
Things to Watch Out For -
Not a thing!
Overall - Veteran ****;
501st, Shiny ***1/2
I don't know
about you, but I can always use more Troopers. These are army builders,
and while it might seem crazy to build a sixth scale army, most of us
are exactly that nuts.
I don't mind the re-use because
they gave us
so many hands, heads and weapons. It allows you to make each unique,
beyond the paint job.
I wouldn't be surprised to see
continue this either, since it keeps their costs down but gets a wider
range of troopers on the shelf.
I do wish the price reflected
re-use a little more. We're getting into Hot Toys range here - or at
least their range for a basic figure a year or so ago. That might mean
that the production numbers are lower than usual, but there's no way to
tell since they didn't publish them.
gave the Vet a slight nod
over the other two for different reasons. The Shiny just doesn't have
the realism, at least to my eye. The 501st does - and you gotta love
the blue - but the gapping forearm was frustrating. Overall, I really
want to see Sideshow address the underlying body issues and get their
version to be at the same quality level as the TrueType. It's the last
step to their evolution into the high end sixth scale market.
Packaging - ***1/2
Sculpting - ****
Paint - Veteran, 501st ****; Shiny ***1/2
Articulation - Veteran, Shiny ***1/2; 501st ***
Accessories - ****
Fun Factor - ****
Value - **1/2
Overall - Veteran ****; 501st, Shiny ***1/2
Where to Buy -
These are supposed to be a Sideshow exclusive, and they have all three
- for $140. Or you can search
ebay for a deal.
Sideshow has done a ton of troopers, including the Snowtrooper. Other
characters include the oustanding Bossk,
Droid and STAP is cool as well, along with the double pack of
- other reviews include the Tusken
Raider, the Bepin Luke
(from Hot Toys), Sideshow's Boba Fett, the big Dewback and
Trooper, Figrin D'an.
Clone Trooper, Yoda,
Thrawn and his command chair, Lando
Calrissian, he Shock
Trooper, Darth Vader,
Trooper, the Imperial Stormtrooper,
Clone Armor, Aayla Secura,
Bespin Luke, the Holo-chess
Asajj, a terrific figure, Yavin Luke,
Troops, Jabba the
Hutt and his
throne, Bib Fortuna,
Solo, regular Anakin
Skywalker and Kit Fisto.
- I also have guest reviews of
the SDCC Anakin
Skywalker, Mace Windu,
Palpatine and his throne, and Qui-Gon Jinn
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