Star Wars: First Order Stormtrooper Sixth Scale Figure by Hot Toys Review
That’s right! Another Trooper! Why the hell not? I’ve featured so many so far on my site and I’ve really enjoyed amassing an army of sixth scale Troopers from all across the Star Wars films. The newest one I’ve scored is an older release: the First Order Stormtrooper from Hot Toys.
I know it seems like Hot Toys is sitting on quite a bit of the various Troopers from The Force Awakens. I mean, I’d love to score the First Order Flametrooper, Snowtrooper, and Tie Pilot. There are even more variations on the one I’m reviewing today! If Hot Toys and Sideshow only produced Troopers, I could see myself collecting them all but there are so many other characters to get.
I needed Trooper representation in my display cabinet from The Force Awakens so I decided to go with a basic First Order Stormtrooper. The best part of waiting this long to get one of these is getting it through a re-seller brand new, $55 less than retail price, free shipping, AND NO customs! BOOYAH!
Same story, as always, about the packaging: it’s similar to what we’ve seen with Hot Toys Star Wars releases. It also features another one of those awesome pictures featuring the figure I just bought on the inside. Love ’em!
I really like the aesthetic of the First Order Stormtrooper. I actually like all the “updated” looks of all the Troopers in The Force Awakens. I appreciate how the designers took what was familiar and tried to make them even more futuristic looking.
The figure isn’t quite 12″ tall which does put it in scale with the rest of the characters in the line. He was packed well and I didn’t have any issues removing it or the accessories from the package.
The armor is glossy white and it contrasts very well against the black on the figure and the rubbery under suit underneath. Seeing how I got the Death Trooper Specialist before this figure, I wasn’t aware that other figures also had that rubbery black under suit.
As I’ve said many times in the features I do, I’m not one that sits with a plethora of photos to compare if something 100% perfect to the source material. Looking over the costume AND the helmet you see below, I think this figure is a pretty damn good representation of what we saw in the movie.
I really like the clean look of the armour and helmet. It’s simple but it is so effective. What I really like, besides all the glossy black on the helmet for the lines and the visor area, is the added textured area. In the video below, you can see an up close shot of it. I was surprised because I wasn’t expecting something textured like that. Perhaps it helps with venting.
I have no idea what the little silver thing at the front of the helmet. If anyone can fill me in, please do so and I’ll add it to this feature.
The figure is pretty clean and glossy throughout as you can see below. The shoulder pieces, in the first picture, don’t really seem to hinder the articulation like they did with the Shoretrooper and Death Trooper Specialist I’ve looked at before. That was a pleasant surprise.
The thermal detonator holder piece that is usually clipped onto most Troopers we’ve gotten so far (in the Original Trilogy anyway) is actually sculpted on here and not removable. The same goes with all the various pouches around the belt. They are all solid and not removable from the belt.
You can see in the pictures below, too, that the rubbery under suit is underneath the entire figure. I will say I was very excited to start posing him based off of the prototype shots Hot Toys provided and Sideshow has up on their site. Unfortunately, I think the under suit is really tight and it’s the issue why I can’t pose my figure more dynamically. I just don’t know how much stress to put on the material before it leaves some kind of permanent mark by trying to force the arms or legs into different positions.
The First Order Stormtrooper comes with five additional hands for your posing pleasure. Five seems to be a middle of the road amount of hands in comparison to the recent figures I’ve gotten. I’m OK with that because I don’t feel ripped off or that the designers were going overboard.
The first weapon figure comes with two weapons. The first is the blaster pistol. Like usual, Hot Toys puts amazing work into these little weapons.
The second gun is the blaster rifle. Check out the video below for some more close up shots to really appreciate more of the fine detailing in the scope and the handle.
No matter what weapon you choose, the figure looks pretty damn cool holding them. As mentioned, my figure was pretty damn stiff due to the under suit so the legs are pretty damn static in some of these shots.
What I really think is cool about the figure is the surprise that the blasters actually can attach to the thigh of the figure and the gun holster area via magnet! With all the luck I’ve had with some gun holsters lately with some figures, this magnet option is fantastic! It’s cool as well for those that want to pose their figure with only one blaster but the other gun can still be seen and not just on the ground.
The figure comes with the same stand the other figures in The Force Awakens line has come with. At least it’s a bit better than the standard ones we’ve gotten with some Sideshow figures.
I’m loving the amount of figures that are coming with both right and left trigger hands. Sometimes you just want some dual wielding action. Stormtroopers aren’t good with one gun, so maybe they’d be good with two?
The deal I got on this figure makes it even more of a hit in my books than it should be. I was hoping for it to be less still so I could pose it better than I could. As a piece that I can pose a few positions and put it in my shelf beside Kylo Ren, I’m more than happy with it.
Enjoy the video!