Great photos Paul. Nice to see a figure with ball/socket hips.
Onto the Stormtrooper... Some interesting text over yonder at Hasbro about the articulation.
His elbows aren't being described as ball/socket if I'm not mistaken.
Considered the best 3 ¾” stormtrooper ever, the new stormtrooper was created from scratch with incredible attention to achieving the right head proportions.
OK, good news there... The head does look spot-on, and that shouold mean a hollowable helmet that'll fit well on lots of headsculpts I'd think.
With 13 total points of articulation, this stormtrooper has ball-sockets at the neck, shoulders, and waist. He has insert-molded elbow joints, knees, and ankles, in addition to standard articulation at the wrist and hips.
13 points? Hmmm, interesting... Super Articulated Clone has 14. What's the Stormtrooper missing though? The count seems to encompass all the Clone has.
-2 standard wrist
-2 ball/socket elbows (Hasbro lists "insert-molded", which is a new term to me. I'm curious to see what this is, but till then we'll say ball/socket)
-2 ball/socket shoulder
-2 ball/socket ankle
-2 ball/socket knee
-2 standard hip
-1 ball/socket waist (assuming like the SA Clone's double-jointed torso)
-1 ball/socket neck
This is strange because that comes to 14, not 13, unless Hasbro's cut articulation on a wrist or something?
Plus, some of the joints, in blown up photos, are clearly the same ball/socket joints (though they're using this new term of "insert-molded", whatever that means) used on VOTC Han, or the SA Clone. Very strange wording there, and the totals aren't jiving to me.
Could it be the Stormtrooper's NOT perfect, and that it's something less than the Clone? Interesting...
Definitely the best to-date, but I wonder what the deal is here now. Hasbro's image isn't the swiftest either... The figure looks like he's falling apart, so hopefully that's just not the final result, haha.
Stormtrooper comes with a standard issue blaster that fits in a holster.
I dunno about you guys, but the holster is a cool feature to me.
It works too, finally!
I've heard a couple gripes that a ROTJ Stormie has a holster, but in actuality they did have them in many scenes, namely on the Death Star. It was on Endor where they seemed to not have them as much, for whatever reason. Production issue perhaps (different filming local... Maybe forgot to have them on-hand or whatnot).
The holster rocks to me... Was good news.
I'm curious on the articulation now however.
Wondering what we're gonna get in the end. Blowing up the image from Hasbro, it looks just like ball/socket joints... I'd hate for them to have gotten all creative this figure, trying out some new "style" of articulation when they've mastered it on other figures.
"if it ain't broke, don't fix it", and the SA Clone and VOTC Han sure as hell ain't broke. That's perfect in my book!