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A great figure but not perfect.
on 6 August 2014
The "Star Wars 'The Black Series' 6-inch Figure: #09 Storm Trooper" is a great looking figure. The articulation is great although the shoulders and upper legs suffer greatly due to the armour, however one would assume a real Stormtrooper would also suffer from the hindrance of armour. I especially like the head articulation it has a double joint neck/head allowing good range of motion. For anyone familiar with Marvel Select figures the articulation from the Star Wars Black Series line is very similar to those with double knee and elbow joints, swivel and pivot wrists and ball joint shoulders and thigh/hip and an "ab crunch" torso. It holds the weapons well I found it helpful to pry the fingers open ever so slightly with my finger nail to get the blaster in hand then the fingers move back gripping well.
Paint application is good but could be better, the white you can't get wrong right? well.. in my opinion the white should be high gloss paint or be covered in a clear coat to make it appear shinier than what it is, it is a little too matte looking for my liking. I bought 2 figures so it isn't a one off. The only discrepancies in paint application on the finer detail is very minimal such as a slight bit of black missing on the helmet front band and the vents slightly off centre (barely noticeable)
Now for the more bothersome issue, in one of the 2 figures I got the left knee was not properly fitted, the peg which connects the knee joint to the thigh was not popped into the hole, this would be a return for most buyers as the leg basically does not work and looks bad. However after buying Marvel Legends figures for a while I know that dipping the leg in hot water for a minute then squeezing the peg into the hole and running under cold water is a simple fix. However I'm sure a lot of buyers would not want to have to do this on a new figure.
This line is great for the size of them usually Star Wars figures are in the 3-4" range, to have Star Wars with this great articulation and detail is great, the only bad things are well as I mentioned the odd lapse in QC and frankly the prices are very steep. Especially if you are looking on certain auction sites. In America these sell for around $20 which is at todays conversion rate £11.88p anything over £20 is steep in my opinion. For the price point I'd like to see high gloss white paint and a stand included at least.