Monday, December 21, 2009
Sideshow Collectibles Imperial Shock Trooper Review II
During the attack on Coruscant by the Separatists, the Imperial Shock Troopers emerged as one of the last lines of defense against the invading droid forces. These highly skilled troops, under the command of ARC-trained and promoted Commander Thire, were able to prevent many of the droids from demolishing some of Coruscant's most ancient and revered edifices, but they were unable to prevent General Grievous from kidnapping the Chancellor. And that's how Episode III starts off - with a BANG!
Sideshow Collectibles 1/6 scale 12-inch Imperial Shock Trooper is simply AWESOME (see previous post for pictures of the trooper with Long Rifle or DC-15 rifle). Here are more pictures of the trooper with DC-15 blaster or Clone Trooper Carbine Blaster, as Sideshow lists it.
Close-up of the 1/6 Imperial Shock Trooper helmet. Like I said in the previous post, I much prefer this look than the Episode II Clone Trooper helmet which I thought was too elongated and did not have enough details. You can see how this will evolve into the Stormtrooper helmet in episodes IV to VI.
Side view of the helmet with nice detailing plus the weathering and scratches to make it look well worn and "used", just the way George Lucas likes it
Back of helmet. Do note the base of the helmet has a ring around it and it is tight around the neck, unlike the Imperial Stormtrooper's helmet which is hollow
You can also see the thin gray stripes that run vertically down the black bodysuit glove which would be gone from episode IV onwards
Blaster gas cartridges are carried on the utility belt
Nice details overall. Very well executed by Sideshow - two thumbs up :)
The rather clean and simple look of the DC-15 Blaster, which is supposed to make way for the E-11 BlasTech Standard Imperial Sidearm (or you can just call it the Stormtrooper Blaster)
Clone trooper body armor is made of 20 form-fitting plates of lightweight plastoid-alloy composite. Fabricated by an alien species with a limited knowledge of human ergonomics, the armor allows reasonable freedom of movement in combat, but is uncomfortable to sit in when troopers pilot vehicles. Future versions and upgrades of the armor would improve on this aspect.
If Sideshow keeps dishing out these excellent armor troopers of the Star Wars universe at the fairly reasonable price that they are being offered, they can be sure I'll keep on buying and collecting them until I have my very own Clone Army - LOLZ.
To get a full review of the Sideshow 1/6 scale 12-inch Imperial Stormtrooper, check out this link.
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