The latest generation of cold weather assault stormtroopers, snowtroopers wore advanced insulated armor and helmets that reduced the glare of icy terrain. First Order stormtroopers assigned to frigid planets such as Starkiller Base wear specialized armor and gear that let them operate effectively in icy conditions. Snowtroopers carry a backpack-style personal environment unit and wear insulated helmets with glare-reducing slit lenses, gloves, a kama, and a heat-resistant body glove beneath an oversuit of wind-resistant fabric. Snowtrooper teams scouted the planet that now houses Starkiller Base, eliminating native life forms that posed a potential threat.
We didn't get to see a lot of the First Order Snowtroopers on the big screen but I think they'll be in the deleted scenes segment of the DVD when it is released. There were scenes and screen grabs of snowtroopers inside the Millennium Falcon as well as those of Rey and Finn battling snowtroopers on Starkiller Base so they must have not survived the final cut in the editing room.
This is the recently released Hot Toys MMS321 Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens 1/6th scale First Order Snowtrooper 12-inch collectible figure. The blaster rifle he comes with is bigger than the earlier released version that came with the First Order Stormtrooper - see my review posted HERE. In the film and source materials, the First Order Snowtroopers and Stormtroopers carry standard stormtrooper weaponry which is the Sonn-Blas F-11D Blaster Rifle. Check out pictures below in this toy blog post where I posted side-by-side picture comparisons.
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As with all Star Wars packaging, the box is mainly black with a picture of the figure on the front cover / lid and Hot Toys follows that up with an inner flap showing the figure in a more colorful background. Removing the flap gives you access to the main tray which holds the 12-inch figure and its 1/6th scale accessories (see the next picture below)
Instructions are pretty straightforward - don't try to remove any of the armor or you'll damage the figure and how to put on the backpack / personal environment unit
First, a picture of the Hot Toys MMS321 Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens 1/6th scale First Order Snowtrooper 12-inch collectible figure (comes with relaxed palms / gloved hands) just out of the box and without the personal environment unit
Accessories include: First Order emblem hexagonal figure stand with First Order Snowtrooper nameplate and Star Wars logo, First Order Snowtrooper backpack (personal environment unit), extra gloved hands - two fists, two trigger hands and a open left palm, a blaster rifle with extendable stock
Check out the size comparison pictures below showing the Hot Toys 1:6 scale First Order Snowtrooper blaster rifle with extendable stock (top of picture) with the First Order Stormtrooper blaster rifle. Both are supposed to be the Sonn-Blas F-11D Blaster Rifles, only difference being that one has an extendable stock while the other just has the blaster gas valve cap. They are both identical and interchangeable but the Hot Toys 1:6 scale First Order Snowtrooper blaster rifle with extendable stock looks bigger in size.
Also, as with the earlier Stormtrooper E-11 blaster rifle from Star Wars Episodes IV to VI, the collapsible steadying grip or rifle stock of the Sonn-Blas F-11D Blaster Rifle can be extended as shown in the picture below. However, this doesn't work as the rifle with the extendable stock now has two rifle stocks. This is not Hot Toys fault but a design flaw made at the source. The size discrepancy is a sticking point though.
I have included pictures of the film version Snowtrooper and Stormtrooper with the same rifle to give you an idea of the size of the weapon so that you may compare it with Hot Toys 1:6 scale version. Click on the pictures for a bigger view :)
Check out the turnaround views of Hot Toys MMS321 Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens 1/6th scale First Order Snowtrooper 12-inch collectible figure with Sonn-Blas F-11D Blaster Rifle. His costume / outfit consists of: newly designed First Order Snowtrooper helmet and armor, white long coat, white under-suit, belt with pouches, pair of white pants, pair of white boots with greaves and securing black straps, and backpack (personal environment unit). Underneath the costume / outfit is an approximately 30 cm tall TrueType body with over 30 points of articulations.
At first glance, it appears that the First Order Snowtrooper has two slits on his helmet
On closer inspection, there is just one polarised slit visor to minimise ice glare under the betaplast helmet with flared neck shroud. There is a black brow line above the slit visor. Two breather tank inlets on the helmet allow for emergency gas transfer when required.
Check out the close-up pictures of Hot Toys MMS321 Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens 1/6th scale First Order Snowtrooper 12-inch collectible figure, including the body armor with unit insignia and suit heater controls
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Review of Hot Toys Star Wars: The Force Awakens 1/6th scale The First Order Stormtrooper Collectible Figure posted on my toy blog HERE and HERE
Evolution of the Star Wars Stormtrooper: Episode II (Phase 1 armor) to Episode VII First Order (pictures HERE)
Hot Toys Star Wars: The Force Awakens 1/6th scale The First Order TIE Pilot collectible figure reviewed HERE and HERE