San Diego Comic-Con is fast approaching.
The annual event, held at the San Diego Convention Center, will be held from July 9-12.
Costumed fans will head out for a chance to see some of their favourite stars from film and TV, but also for the exclusive toys and items that can only be bought on the convention floor.
Hasbro will be among those to have a few special edition items at the Con, including the company’s first toy for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” out in theatres December.
The 6-inch First Order Stormtrooper will be a part of the “Star Wars: The Black Series,” and will be available for $US25.99 at booth #3329 at SDCC.
If you’re not heading to Comic-Con, you’ll also be able to order the new “Star Wars” stormtrooper through HasbroToyShop.com.
The folks over at Hasbro sent over one of the new Stormtroopers.
Let’s take a look at what you can expect!
The packaging on the box is pretty impressive.
Disney and Hasbro aren’t messing around.
Here’s a look at the back of the box:
A look at the side panel tells us a little more on our friend inside!
Here’s the text so you don’t have to squint. It provides some excellent background on how the Clone Troopers went from a symbol for peace to one that was eventually feared in the galaxy.
Shock troopers clad in white armour first appeared on the Galactic stage during the opening battles of the Clone Wars. Clone Trooper armour became iconic almost immediately: its stark white design stood for hope that peace and stability might be restored to a galaxy at war. But this dream of peace died with the republic, and the empire that rose to take its place imposed order by any means necessary. Soldiers within the grand army of the republic were given a new name: Stormtroopers. as these former protectors of galactic peace mercilessly crushed resistance across the galaxy, their white armour came to symbolise oppression and the indomitable power of the Emperor’s will. Yet the tyranny of imperial rule sparked rebellion, and the Stormtrooper legions were scattered in the aftermath of the Empire’s fall. Now, the rise of the First Order ushers in the next chapter in the Stormtrooper’s legacy as a new era of ruthless brutality begins.
OK. Enough of staring at the package. Let’s open this up and see the actual figure.
Though the box says ages four and up, the guns are a bit tiny. I’d be wary of giving them to a four-year old.
Heading back to the box for a second, you’ll find there’s a booklet in the backside. Let’s take her out.
As the box suggests, the booklet tells the evolution of the Stormtrooper with simple drawings and text showing how it has changed over the years of “Star Wars” mythos.
The text reads:
From its earliest appearance during the Clone Wars, the iconic white armour of the Clone Trooper symbolized galactic peace and stability. Its design reflected the stark aesthetic of its Kaminoan creators, but it also drew inspiration from the Mandalorian shock trooper armour worn by clone template Jango Fett. Although Phase I armour offered superior protection in combat, it was uncomfortable to wear, particularly while seated.
There are only four phases, so let’s go through them all real quick.
The Phase II armour was “significantly more comfortable.” It was also significantly cooler.
Phase 3 consists of the classic Stormtrooper look from the original trilogy — a “symbol for terror and oppression.”
And here’s the fourth phase, the First Order Stormtrooper. Details on the new Stormtroopers are scarce. We’re not surprised. Disney has been keeping everything “Episode VII” related under lock in key until the film’s release — especially when it comes to merchandising.
We’re sure we’ll learn more about these Stormtroopers as the film’s December release draws near.
Here are all the helmets lined up side by side:
All right. Now back to the toy.
I’m about to do something that’s going to make some toy collectors very upset.
Yes! I took him out of the box.
The best thing about this Black Series First Order Stormtrooper is how remarkably poseable he is. Every joint — his hands, his knees, and even his ankles move.
The detail put into the actual figurine is incredible, too.
The gun slips right into the Stormtroopers’ hand with his finger steady on the trigger.
See that spot right there?
You can pop the little blaster right in there!
Most important, you can pose him to look exactly how he does on the box.
Next stop Comic-Con!
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