Saturday, May 18, 2013

Sideshow SnowTrooper

Finally Sideshow has decided to produce a trooper not from episodes 1 to 3. Clone troopers from those episodes have been flying out of Sideshow factories and I think Sideshow has pretty much covered all the troopers that appeared in those episodes.
To be honest, I loved the troopers from the older movies because they were really different from each other.
The design of the Stormtroopers were totally different from the Snowtroopers and the Snowtroopers were totally different from Scout troopers. Unlike the new clones where all you need was a new paint job on the armor and you have a new design...

Snowtroopers, also known as cold assault stormtroopers, were Imperial stormtroopers trained to operate in arctic climates. Some snowtroopers were deployed under the famous Blizzard Force.
The Snowtroopers were the successors of the clone cold assault troopers and the Galactic Marines under Clone Commander Bacara.

The packaging is the same as most Sideshow Star Wars packaging, so there is nothing much to talk about.
The figure and the accessories are kept securely and nicely in the plastic tray and you can take out and put back the figure from the packaging without damaging it. I love this kind of packaging.

Sideshow has done many clone troopers and they are pretty good at it. The design of the Snowtrooper is different from your typical clones and I think Sideshow has managed to nail it. I think the tricky part will be the cloth collar and how to make it natural.
Sideshow managed to sculpt it in such a way that the material could hold the wrinkles and folds which are essential to make the whole helmet look good.
The armor is all nicely done and I also love the look of the boots. It is packed full of details.
Only pity is that the boots are sculpted as a whole. It would be nicer if they made individual pieces for the boots.
The underlying suit and skirt are also very nicely made. The material used feels very soft, like suede and I think it would be that kind of material the Empire will use for their Snowtrooper to keep them warm.

The chest plate was constructed of a plastoid composite armor. Near the center were all of the control for the self-sufficient troopers' life support systems. These included an external temperature monitor, power cell monitor and the controls for the suit heater.

The troopers' backpack housed the main heating unit, main power cell, communications unit and a homing beacon. The pack also has the ability to work as a power source for other equipment.

As compared to the other clone troopers, the accessories are on the lighter side. It comes with with 3 pair of hands, a E-11 blaster and a stand. For the exclusive version, you get the vintage blaster rifle.
The backpack is removable and there is a thermal detonator that can be attached to the belt. Both items are very well sculpted and painted. They are also easy to attach to the figure.

The stand is the typical Star Wars stand but they have included a snow cover to make the display stand more realistic.

The Snowtrooper is one of my favourite troopers and I am glad Sideshow has produced him. I hope they produce more troopers from episodes 4 to 6 like the Scout troopers or AT-AT driver.
Overall a great figure to add to your ever expanding trooper collection...wink.


The Rebel said...

Great pics and review Adrian!

Amen to the Scout Trooper & AT-AT Driver. I do hope they make General Veers to go with the Snowtrooper too! ("Distance to power generators?")

Little Plastic Man said...

Amen to Veers!


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