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I've already covered the box and contents of this Bandai Tamashii Exclusive Movie Realization 7-inch (18 cm) tall Teppo Ashigaru Sandtrooper action figure boxed set in my first-part action figure review posted on my toy blog on May 4 (Star Wars Day). The figure comes with six additional interchangeable hands, Backpack, Blaster rifles (medium and large) and a Japanese katana with sheath.
While the earlier released Bandai Star Wars Movie Realization 7-inch tall Ashigaru Stormtrooper action figure came with a Tanegashima (Japanese matchlock) that resembled the E-11 blaster rifles carried by Stormtroopers, the Teppo Ashigaru Sandtrooper action figure comes with a longer rifle which looks to be inspired by the DLT-19 heavy blaster rifle in the films. The DLT-19 was not as popular or as well-known as the standard-issue E-11 blaster rifle, because it took longer to assemble and load. However the DLT-19 was much more powerful and had a much greater range than the E-11 model.
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In the Star Wars films, all desert sandtroopers carried E-11 blaster rifles, DLT-19 heavy blaster rifles, T-21 light repeating blasters, or RT-97C heavy blaster rifles, long-range comlinks, food, and water packs. Sandtroopers wore colored pauldrons as a designation of rank. A sandtrooper sergeant's pauldron was white, while an enlisted trooper's pauldron was all black. Squad leaders, who led units of seven troopers, wore orange shoulder pauldrons.
Since these are re-imagined Sandtroopers re-designed to fit the feudal Japan period, their array of weapons are slightly different. One thing that is consistent is the sword they carry because that was the main weapon used during that period of time.
This Bandai Tamashii Exclusive Movie Realization 7-inch (18 cm) tall Teppo Ashigaru Sandtrooper action figure also comes with a humongous rifle and makes him look really comical when he carries it. It looks like a hand-held cannon. I think it's supposed to represent the T-21 light repeating blaster. The T-21 was the heaviest and one of the most powerful standard-issue weapons that could be carried by a single soldier. The sheer power of its bolts could cut through personal armor and break down personal energy shields, even penetrate the armored plating on many light combat vehicles.
NEXT: Comparison pictures of this Bandai Tamashii Movie Realization Teppo Ashigaru Sandtrooper 7-inch (18cm) tall action figure with the other figures from the series.
Review of Bandai Star Wars Movie Realization 7-inch tall Ashigaru Stormtrooper action figure posted on my toy blog HERE and HERE
Bandai Star Wars Movie Realization 7-inch tall Ronin Kenzan Boba Fett action figure reviewed HERE and HERE
Action figure review of Bandai Star Wars Movie Realization Samurai Taisho Darth Vader 18 cm figure posted HERE and HERE
Comparison pictures of Samurai Taisho Darth Vader & Ronin Kenzan Boba Fett 7-inch action figures HERE
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