Star Wars Action Figures

Yodasnews Review:  Vintage Series Snowtrooper (30th Anniversary Collection) 

By Jeff Gouse (SithLord0498)

 

FIGURE SPECIFICATIONS

 

 

SCULPT – 5 out of 5

I’ll be honest:  I don’t know the first thing about discerning whether or not this figure is identical down to the last detail with the Episode V Snowtrooper uniforms. 

But I have to say that this latest incarnation of the Empire’s winter wonderland ambassadors is a dang good looking figure.  Proportions are good.  The detailing on the armor is first-rate, right down to the notches and buttons on the chest plate and backpack.  The crinkles in the “vinyl” portion of the helmet appear lifelike from an average viewing distance. 

The standout here though is the inclusion of a soft goods skirt.  Previous Snowtroopers from the modern era have been plagued with firm plastic skirts that rendered any amount of leg articulation null and void.  But Hasbro didn’t go with their usual material here.  The skirt on this figure is made of a material that’s flexible, malleable, and durable all at once.  You can manipulate the cloth to fully exploit the ample leg articulation, but it also looks like the material won’t unravel or fray easily either.  Granted, I’ve only had the figure for a day, but I predict this will hold up against time and use. 

PAINT APPLICATION – 4.8 out of 5 

Much like the initial two McQuarrie concept figures, the Snowtrooper is a predominantly white character with only a few spots of color.  Those spots are confined to the chest armor and backpack, and most of it has been cleanly applied.  There is some minor paint smudging on the backpack of my particular figure, and the left-hand eye is wider than the right.  Small and inconsequential errors, but it’s enough to warrant a mention. 

Or maybe I’m just in a nitpicking mood today.  Who knows. 

The weathering on the figure is impressive as well.  The paint wash is never too heavy-handed, and the tell-tale scrapes of battle usage strike a good balance.

 

 

ARTICULATION – 5 out of 5 

For me, this is the real gem of the figure.  A combination of super-articulation and an accommodating soft-goods skirt allow the Snowtrooper to achieve its full potential within the natural limitations of this mass production scale.  Perhaps it’s because it never occurred to me to try with other figures, but this is the first time that I have been able to successfully pose a Hasbro 3.75 inch figure in the process of peeling off its own helmet.  Yes, I had to be careful not to snap the wrist peg, but it was doable!! 

That pretty much sums up my thoughts on the articulation.  This is a figure I can push to the limit, and I’m delighted to finally have a Snowtrooper that is just as good as the most recent super-articulated troopers like the Elite Corps.  Instead of rambling, I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves

 

ACCESSORIES – 3 out of 5 

I was really disappointed that Hasbro didn’t include the E-Web repeating blaster cannon (i.e. – the tripod cannon).  In fact, this may be the first modern Snowtrooper since the first POTF2 single carded release that doesn’t include it.  I do realize that the style of packaging would never have accommodated this, but then I think “Why couldn’t this have just been a regular release figure with a bubble large enough?!” 

But cannon aside, this figure is still weak on accessories.  A removable helmet and backpack and a standard Imperial blaster.  That’s it.  At the very least, they could’ve made the chest armor removable as they did with General Veers. 

But the vintage-style line was never really big on the accessories, was they?  Things haven’t changed. 

 

“FUN FACTOR” – 5 out of 5 

This is one fun figure.  I would put this high on my list of favorite modern troopers, a list that includes the Elite Corps Trooper, Galactic Marine, and the new Comic Pack ARC Trooper “Alpha” to name a few.  The articulation ensures a higher level of stability and balance while the sculpting and paint deco contribute a quality visual aesthetic. 

Lastly, the removable helmet feature showing a Jango clone wearing Original Trilogy armor???  Oh, that’s priceless for those of us willing to go along with the idea of Stormtroopers and their ilk being clones established in the Prequels.  But if you take into account Lama Su’s description of age acceleration, this would technically be one of the first Snowtroopers of Palpatine’s New Order.  It’s not a true Episode V trooper. 

OVERALL RATING – 4.56 out of 5 

The only shame here is that collectors must endure a $10-12 price tag to have this remarkable figure.  However, the sting doesn’t hurt as bad as it once would have.  With basic figures at the $7 mark, the extra $3 isn’t much of a difference anymore (although the stores charging $12 are grievously overpriced).  It also makes army building a costly endeavor. 

But if you’re an Imperial trooper fan, this is a must-buy figure.  No “ifs, ands, or buts” about it. 

Buy it.  Ignore the price tag and lack of accessories and just buy it.