if SWS.com has them for $50 I'm gonna shot myself. If it confirmed that SWS will definitely be getting these?
Big advertisement in the latest SW Insider:
Silver Stormtrooper Ad
The ad says they will be $49.99, limited to 2500 worldwide, and only available at StarWarsShop.com (coming soon).
My question remains as to whether this sandtrooper differs from the planned, regular release in any way other than the chrome? The original pictures of the regular release show a sandtrooper with a rifle, while the chrome has a blaster but has the regular release been finalized? If so, it becomes much more important to me (geek) that I get both as they are then different busts.
As far as I can tell, there is no difference between the Chrome Stormtrooper and the Regular Stormie busts (other than the Chrome job, duh).
There are however differences between the Sandtrooper busts though.
The Chrome Sandtrooper was only given out to "friends" of Gentle Giant Studios (this is NOT the same as the Chrome Stormtrooper that will be sold via SWShop.com and in the UK). The Chrome Sandtrooper was limited to just 200 peices and came with the Blaster instead of the rifle.
In fact, I think it is just the Stormie Bust with a different finish and a Gold Chrome Pauldron added to it as seen here:
Meanwhile, the regular release of the Sandtrooper has the rifle and looks to be a different sculpt altogether:
They are definately different busts, but don't hold your breath trying to get the Chrome Sandtrooper since that $500 BIN auction was probably just a fluke. With only 200 of them out there, they will be very hard to get.
So, in summary:
Chrome Stormtrooper - 2500 units at SWShop.com
Chrome Sandtrooper - 200 units, not for retail sale
Regular Sandtrooper - Available at regular retail
Hope that helps, Brent...