Power of the Force, 1995
Accessories: Blaster Rifle, Heavy Infantry Cannon
Appears in: A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi
Card Back: Feared throughout the galaxy, Stormtroopers are elite shock troops deployed in support of both ground forces and the Imperial fleet. Stormtroopers are unquestionably loyal to the Empire, and their unshakable military discipline has led to speculation that they may be the result of accelerated Imperial cloning experiments, although this has never been confirmed.
The armored spacesuits worn by standard Stormtroopers give them the ability to operate in almost any environment and offer limited protection from blaster fire. The white outer shell consists of 18 snap together pieces which form an anti-blaster cocoon, and includes a self-contained power source. Underneath this armor is a black, two piece temperature controlled body-glove. The protective helmets feature polarized lenses and communication units that allow troopers to maintain communication with each other and with their commanders. Also outfitted to the armor is a compartmentalized utility belt, which houses a spare comlink, rations and batteries, plus specialized survival equipment. Standard issue weapons include hand blasters and blaster cannons, grenades, mini proton torpedoes and laser cutting devices – easily the most fearsome personal arsenal in all the Empire.
The Imperial shock troops are unfalteringly loyal to Emperor Palpatine and his wishes. These elite corps are deployed to neutralize resistance to the Empire and placed aboard Imperial vessels to ensure lower officers stay true to the Emperor’s wishes.
Whether you’re a casual Star Wars collector or a two-of-everything mega hoarder, no collection can be complete without the ever-present armoured soldiers of the Empire: Imperial Stormtroopers.
The first genuine army builder of the modern line, the 1995 POTF2 Stormtrooper represented exactly the ethos that Kenner was striving for with the line. A marked improvement over the 4 POA vintage figure, the POTF2 Stormtrooper added swivel articulation at the neck and waist, giving our Imperial grunts a range of vision that would have made their vintage forebears dizzy.
The sculpt itself contains a ton of detail, from rivets in the armour plating to contours where the foot meets the ankle. Meanwhile, the helmet captures the best resemblance of any of the characters from the first wave.
The Stormtrooper also has the most dynamic posing of the first wave, which is both a positive and a minus. On the plus side it readies the figure for play, for action figure photography or for just looking interesting. Yet the half step stance can make it difficult to get the Stormtrooper to stand. It’s a delicate balance (in more ways than one), but given how boring the modern 5 POA figures are it’s still my preference.
The figure is cast in white plastic with mostly black details, and does a great job of capturing the Stormtrooper’s skeletal visage. The appropriate blue stripes and grey patches are on the helmet but otherwise this guy is as monochrome as they come – which is exactly as it should be.
The POTF2 Stormtrooper came packed with a Blaster Rifle (which became standard for Imperial characters) and a Heavy Infantry Cannon. The latter is a larger strapped gun that the Stormtrooper can carry over his shoulder (and which I didn’t have in time for this review). Like most early POTF2 weapons the Blaster Rifle is a little oversized, but it still somehow works with the figure.
All in all, the 1995 Stormtrooper was exactly what the POTF2 line needed – a simple, well-made figure, more than accurate enough and a ton of fun.