Last year, Hot Toys offered two different First Order Snowtroopers, one of which will wear the Commander Red insignia over his shoulder and the other is a standard Snowtrooper soldier. The figures are based on their likeness as seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and comes with interchangeable hand sculpts, blasters, backpacks, figure base with stand, as well as features over 30 points of articulation.
The Snowtroopers are based on their appearance as seen in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens and are offered as both single releases, as well as this two pack. The two pack includes a couple of extra accessories, and is also cheaper compared to purchasing these separately (the single figures retail for roughly $215-$220 each, compared to the two pack being $389.99.
Thank you to Sideshow Collectibles for providing the Hot Toys Star Wars: The Force Awakens First Order Snowtrooper Sixth Scale Figures for review.
Availability: March 2016
The Snowtroopers are packaged in an oversized box with some nice images on the cover as well as the inside. The figures and all of their accessories are protected by being in a plastic tray, with each piece having it’s own spot. In addition, everything is easy to remove from the packaging, including the plastic wrapping around the hands and feet of the Snowtroopers. The hands and blasters are stored on a separate tray that is placed over the figures in the packaging, and this is secured with a couple of pieces of tape on either side to keep it closed.
The figures stand at 12″ tall and are based on their appearance as seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The Snowtroopers are sculpted in high-end detail and tooling and use both fabric and plastic parts. The armor is nicely detailed and made of plastic, as well as the hands, belt, weapons, backpack, and the pauldron for the Stormtrooper Commander. The fabric parts are underneath the armor, and make up the rest of the uniform that covers the body.
The head sculpt has once nicely detailed curves with silver ports in the front, a black visor, and the helmet itself is painted in white with some black deco on the sides and back. The body and helmet look realistic, and there is a lot of detailed sculpting, especially on the tailored fabric parts. Aside from the armor being painted in a white gloss, there are some black deco creating patterns and designs throughout the body, as well as the blasters and backpack. The pauldron for the Stormtrooper Commander is painted in body red with a black trim around the edge, as well as black around the collar.
The backpack attaches to the figure by sliding downward on the triangular piece on the back, and is painted in the white and black deco, with some nicely detailed patterns and shapes on the sides. The backpack does not open, and is only meant as a display piece on his back.
The articulation on the Snowtroopers is excellent, and the fabric parts allow for some realistic life-like poses and articulation. As there is more fabric compared to plastic armor on the body, this allows additional movement, which if it were reversed, the armor would be blocking most of the movement.
The accessories includes 16 interchangeable hand sculpts (as shown above and the gallery below), two blasters, a pair of binoculars (these bend back and fourth along the long center line, and can be held by a set of open hand sculpts), and several extra wrist pegs for the hands. The larger blaster features a folding stock and telescoping stock, and the smaller blaster is exclusive to this two pack. Each of the hands are easily placed on and off, and the Snowtrooper Officer includes a set of tighter grips, designed for the adjustable binoculars.
Overall, this is an excellent set and Hot Toys has once again offered something special for collectors. The figures feature excellent movie likeness with some of the best and high-end detail and film likeness you can buy on the market right now. If you are a fan of expensive high-end figures, make sure you are collecting these from Hot Toys and Sideshow Collectibles.