Friday, January 31, 2014

Kenner Storm Trooper (Hoth Gear)

Kenner Vintage Action figure Star Wars Stormtrooper Hoth Gear Repeating Blaster Tripod Laser Cannon AT-ST Scout Walker ESB ROTJ Empire Strike Back 1980 1981 1983


The bitterly cold weather just makes me not want to write about anything other than cold weather figures, so I’ll get back into the swing of posting with a look at Kenner’s original Snowtroopers. That name wasn’t around when the figure was originally created, so they end up as Hoth Gear Storm Troopers.

The Snowtrooper’s design is one I’ve always found very interesting. The Rebels tended to wear conventional looking cold weather gear, and this guy does an excellent job of contrasting against that. The face mask and body armor are elements that help this guy look nearly as iconic as the Stormtrooper, but my favorite aspect might be the kama he adorns. It helps to create the spacey look he needs to not just look like another snow guy. This figure captures these elements perfectly, and Kenner sculpted clips onto the waist for a vinyl kama to sit on. This is nice in another way, being that you can always swap the piece for a custom one made of fabric, which I think enhances the look. Another element of this figure I like is the large blaster riffle he includes, it just adds that extra bulk he needs to be a little more intimidating.
Kenner Vintage Action figure Star Wars Stormtrooper Hoth Gear Repeating Blaster Tripod Laser Cannon AT-ST Scout Walker ESB ROTJ Empire Strike Back 1980 1981 1983

Kenner Vintage Action figure Star Wars Stormtrooper Hoth Gear Repeating Blaster Tripod Laser Cannon AT-ST Scout Walker ESB ROTJ Empire Strike Back 1980 1981 1983

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Kenner Rebel Soldier (Hoth Battle Gear)

With winter just around the corner, I figure now’s as good a time as any to profile a figure from Hoth, my favorite Star Wars environment. I’ve spoken before as to why I have such a fascination with the setting, which is why I sometimes worry if I give a figure like this one special treatment, but he is a good figure in my eyes. Star Wars ESB Empire Strikes Back A new Hope Return of the Jedi ep. 5 V Vintage Action figure Kenner Hoth Echo Base Rebel Commander Luke Skywalker Anakin Darth Vader AT-AT Leia Han Solo Droids



With winter just around the corner, I figure now’s as good a time as any to profile a figure from Hoth, my favorite Star Wars environment. I’ve spoken before as to why I have such a fascination with the setting, which is why I sometimes worry if I give a figure like this one special treatment, but he is a good figure in my eyes. I don’t think the Hoth Rebels are as iconic as other Star Wars army builders, but that doesn’t hold this figure back, and there’s something to be appreciated from his simplicity.

As a sculpt, he’s very detailed, but a bit chunkier than most other Kenner figures. I suppose it could be assumed that his uniform is bulkier than usual, which would make sense and be a nice touch in ways. He has a fairly good amount of paint for a vintage figure, with details like the badge on his chest painted, the strap on his goggles and his belt around his waist. It’s very detailed looking in comparison to most of the figures from years prior, and even a few others from 1980. I’m personally a little more fond of Hoth Luke and Han, but this guy’s still a good looking figure, and it’d be a shame for anyone collecting the vintage guys to not have a few of him.

Star Wars ESB Empire Strikes Back A new Hope Return of the Jedi ep. 5 V Vintage Action figure Kenner Hoth Echo Base Rebel Commander Luke Skywalker Anakin Darth Vader AT-AT Leia Han Solo Droids

Monday, September 23, 2013

Kenner C-3PO




Goldenrod here seems like one of those must have figures for a Kenner collection, although he’s sadly more frustrating to acquire than other main-cast members. Deathstar R2-D2 Action Figure Hasbro Vintage Star Wars A New Hope Empire Strikes Back Return of the Jedi

Goldenrod here seems like one of those must have figures for a Kenner collection, although he’s sadly more frustrating to acquire than other main-cast members. Still, him and R2-D2 have been present in almost any major Star Wars story, and I’d go ahead and say both are the most iconic sci-fi characters ever created. If you’re gonna collect these things, you have to have these two.

Like the Deathstar Droid, C-3PO is entirely chromed. This means most samples of the figure you encounter will have loose joints and some distracting scratches. It’s a frustrating thing, though I’m glad Kenner did chrome him rather than just cast him in yellow plastic or some such, as the figure has such a luster he really stands out in a collection. The sculpt on this one is also sharp and very accurate for a Kenner figure. As characters, I prefer R2-D2 of the droids, but there’s something about C-3PO that makes him uniquely attractive.

Deathstar R2-D2 Action Figure Hasbro Vintage Star Wars A New Hope Empire Strikes Back Return of the Jedi

Deathstar R2-D2 Action Figure Hasbro Vintage Star Wars A New Hope Empire Strikes Back Return of the Jedi

Friday, September 13, 2013

Modern Sandtroopers

Taking a look at two different figures today, but with mirage of toys based on this troop, there’s sometime’s not much point in looking at them individually. Tatooine Stormtrooper Mos Eisley Empire Luke Skywalker Vintage Collection Action Figure Kenner Hasbro Star Wars Saga Original Trillogy SG OT



Taking a look at two different figures today, but with mirage of toys based on this troop, there’s sometime’s not much point in looking at them individually. Then again, there’s also a certain charm to being able to pick one up every now and then for army building rather than having to do all of that at once.

Despite that I don’t have too many of these guys, just two of the Saga Collection version and a pair of the first Vintage Collection figures. I remember when the Vintage Collection one came out, I was very frustrated that it was the only figure I could find from the line, besides ROTS Anakin, Obi-wan, and Clone Troopers. Not a very compelling selection, especially since I cared less for PT stuff at the time.

The Vintage Collection Sandtrooper himself is a fairly cool figure, although he could have been somewhat more. The figure lacks any attempt at weathering and is perfectly clean. This could be appreciated by some, but for me, this figure doesn’t look right without any weathering at all. I also find the older Stormtrooper head/helmet sculpts more attractive than the one this figure sports, though it isn’t terrible. On the bright side, he includes two cool blasters you don’t see too often, and the ball-jointed hips really help this version if you want him posed on a dewback. There’s still more good than bad to this one, though it would’ve been cool to get a few more parts and more paint given the price for TVC figures.

The Saga Collection one is also nice for the differences it has, but like the VC one, it isn’t without flaws. This one features the more traditional t-crotch, which I do like for its more natural standing walking poses. He includes the more standard E-11 Blaster, a thermal detonator, and a vibro lance. I imagine most have plenty of E-11’s, but this isn’t a bad loadout. This one also attempts to do some weathering, but it’s very poor. It just looks like brown smudges, and not much else. As such, I weathered the examples you’ll see below myself.

 Tatooine Stormtrooper Mos Eisley Empire Luke Skywalker Vintage Collection Action Figure Kenner Hasbro Star Wars Saga Original Trillogy SG OT Dewback POTF2

 Tatooine Stormtrooper Mos Eisley Empire Luke Skywalker Vintage Collection Action Figure Kenner Hasbro Star Wars Saga Original Trillogy SG OT
 Tatooine Stormtrooper Mos Eisley Empire Luke Skywalker Vintage Collection Action Figure Kenner Hasbro Star Wars Saga Original Trillogy SG OT

Thursday, August 29, 2013

OTC AT-AT Driver


Another sculpt from quite a few years ago that’s aged well. As one could expect, he doesn’t feature the insane amounts of articulation a newer figure does, but the sculpt for this figure is unhampered by such complexities. For a pilot, the simplicity goes a long way in improving the figure’s overall look.

The AT-AT Driver hasn’t seen many sculpts over the years, the most recent being the Legacy version from 2009. On the surface, that figure would seem more attractive for its added articulation and removable helmet, but those features weaken the definition of the sculpt, making this one far more attractive visually. With the swivel elbows and wrists, this version can do really all the posing he needs.

This version has been sold a lot since he came out in 2006, and can be had cheaply today. To me, this is the kind of figure that makes collecting Star Wars toys fun. It’s an old figure, but it’s satisfying, and that’s what makes it fun to go back and discover.

OTC Legacy Collection Hasbro Kenner Snowtroopers Hoth

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Kenner Bespin Security Guard



Bespin figures are kind of addictive: the more I get of them, the more I want. It’s an interesting world portrayed in Empire Strikes Back and part of what gives the film an edge over the other two original trilogy movies. The Bespin Guard strikes me as being very memorable in the ESB, being the guys who actually carried Han to the Slave-1.

The original Kenner figure accurately represents their cool uniforms fairly well. He seems to lack the beard the actor on the card featured, coincidentally making him more resemble Charles Bronson. In that way I think that actually makes him cooler, but it’s still kind of odd. The figure comes with the blaster used for most of the other Bespin figures, I feel this one was a bit overused, but fortunately it isn’t a bad gun. He also features an attractive yet fragile gold paint application, I’ve had to repaint it on two of mine, but fortunately the color doesn’t seem hard to match.

It’s also really interesting that Kenner seemingly thought this design was important enough to be worth making again as a second figure, who was black and an entirely different sculpt. I’ll profile him another day, but he definitely adds something to this figure, in the way that it helps both feel individualistic.