Monday, June 18, 2007

Epic Force Stormtrooper

This week's Stormtrooper (SOTW: Week 15) is the Kenner (now Hasbro) Epic Force Stormtrooper. The Epic Force line could almost be considered the starting point for the Unleashed Series that Hasbro is currently running. The exception is that these figures are not posed in "extreme" action poses, they are more or less in your standard character movie poses. The Stormtrooper here is again represented in that classic shooting stance that you see through out the original trilogy and movie still photos for packaging and advertisement. The iconic Stormtrooper stance.

Standing at about six and a half inches tall this figure is a fairly good representation of the Stormtrooper. Limited in articulation, the head turns and arms are slightly re-position-able, these are mainly for display and not so much for play, which knocks the play value down quit a bit. Another knock for the kids would be that the figure is permanently attached to the base. One cool feature, wether or not it is kept in the package, is that you are able to view the figure in the round. The base includes a little gear driven turntable, by turning the small disk built into the back of the base the figure will rotate giving you a 360 degree view of the sculpt. If you decide to keep it all boxed up this feature is accessible through the packaging.

Released in 1998 and part of the Star Wars: The Power of the Force line of Toys, this trooper is joined by Boba Fett, C-3PO, Darth Vader, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Obi-Wan, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia.

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