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Engineernerd
05-06-2007, 10:01 AM
Life is good I managed to snag a couple of new figures again this week. I still haven't seen any of the concept figures, though.

I did pick up the Death Star Trooper. And I thought I'd share the usual thoughts and pictures with you all. I'm wondering how many of the original 12 we'll see issued this year. We've already got this guy, R2 and Han. Luke and a Jawa are coming up as well an Episode 4 specific Vader.

Anyway, check out the pics and words here:

http://www.tvandfilmtoys.com/reviews/death_star_trooper.asp

Enjoy!
Engineernerd

pbarnard
05-06-2007, 11:38 AM
My only beef with them is they're packed with the wrong gun. Really easy to head swap to give some diversity with the head joint, and depending on the pose, the joints aren't too noticeable.

Old Fossil
05-06-2007, 12:34 PM
Funny, in your last picture -- the one with the vintage, the POTF2, and the TAC DSTs -- the POTF2 version looks like he's in Jack Rabbit Slim's "Twist" Contest.

Engineernerd
05-06-2007, 01:25 PM
Funny, in your last picture -- the one with the vintage, the POTF2, and the TAC DSTs -- the POTF2 version looks like he's in Jack Rabbit Slim's "Twist" Contest.

I thought the same thing. I can't figure out what that stupid pose is for.

Kidhuman
05-06-2007, 07:42 PM
I didnt care for his knees.

pbarnard
05-06-2007, 08:57 PM
Actually, the picture of the POTF2 guy twisting is like when Beavis and Butthead would start couch diving. The other two have to be going, what a schmuck.

Engineernerd
05-06-2007, 10:21 PM
Personally, I always thought the original DS Trooper looked like Johnny Carson. (And now that I've just dated myself for the entire board...)

plasticfetish
05-07-2007, 05:04 PM
On the whole, I think the >> Death Star Trooper (http://photos.sirstevesguide.com/showgallery.php?cat=5127) is okay.

It's a decent enough figure, and for sure an improvement over the older version. Love the articulation and the removable helmet, but the head itself is weirdly warped, and the way they did the knees is sort of "funny" looking.

So far he's the only one from this wave I've bothered to buy, so that must say something.

JediTricks
05-08-2007, 04:18 PM
Yeah, the face is off-center and drifting, my guess is someone mounted the prototype on the body wrong and they ran with that, it doesn't help that he's all jowly too.

The knees I don't think are the problem by themselves, they're just translating the puffy pants of the outfit, it's the upper legs that aren't carrying that weight properly, the transition from the upper leg to the knee doesn't match up well.

Engineernerd
05-08-2007, 07:04 PM
To me there is like one exact pose and viewing direction where his knees/legs look right. Get off from either just a little, and not so good. But compared to the POTF, Elaine from Seinfeld dancing version, he's a fair step up.

(Okay, I just replied to use the Elaine thing. It was Mrs. Nerd's idea.)

DarkArtist
05-08-2007, 09:36 PM
My only beef with them is they're packed with the wrong gun. Really easy to head swap to give some diversity with the head joint, and depending on the pose, the joints aren't too noticeable.

who have you head swapped with because so far all the figures that I have tried it with the head was either too big or too small. as far as the gun, yeah it's wrong but I'll live.

plasticfetish
05-10-2007, 02:33 AM
The knee thing looks a little like Elephantiasis to me, but I'm no doctor.

pbarnard
05-10-2007, 05:28 PM
who have you head swapped with because so far all the figures that I have tried it with the head was either too big or too small. as far as the gun, yeah it's wrong but I'll live.

Well it's tough luck if the head is too small, but putting a small piece of sculpey or some other putty/clay in the head will allow smaller heads on. I haven't done any yet because I want to swap heads of the Death Star and Rebel Honor Guard figures. Haven't found a second rebel yet.

Jargo
05-10-2007, 06:08 PM
I don't like the way his helmet front is so low over his face. it looks like the chin strap could have done with being mounted differently or been a tad longer. If i ever get any of these I'll have to shave off a little of the front rim or reposition/redo the strap.

he looks very hunch shouldered as well. like he's really tense. probably to do with those horribly huge ball joints these recent figures have been getting.

JediTricks
05-11-2007, 06:54 PM
I sympathize with the chin strap issue, I think if you heat it up you can stretch it slightly that's what I plan on doing if I ever get the time - it's a pretty thick strap and can probably take the necessary 0.5mm stretch (if you try this, be aware that the left side of the strap is glued into the helmet wall unlike the right which it spawns from).

Snowtrooper
05-20-2007, 07:39 PM
I finally got around to opening this one up and I'm pleased with it for the most part.

When I first saw the pictures, I thought I was going to be real disappointed in it. The joints looked very puffy, the helmet looked ill fitting, and it had a wide leg stance, which I usually abhore on figures.

Now that I have it out of the package, it doesn't look near as bad to me. Maybe its just the one that I have, but the knee and elbow joints look pretty good. They are a still kind of puffy, but not like in the early pictures. The joints however do look pretty bad when you turn him around.

It seems to pull off the wide stance pretty well unlike Cody and Jerrjerrod.

The helmet fits pretty well. I like the way it hides the face, especially since his eyeballs are rolling back into his head. I also like how friggin huge the helmet is. I'm not sure how movie accurate it is, but it looks good on the figure.

My one real disappointment was that I was unable to get him to fold his arms, like the ones in the death star briefing scene in ANH.

Overall I give him a B+/A-