Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Imperial Stormtrooper

Stormtroopers were the must have army builder of my childhood. At the local comic store where I bought most of my childhood collection of vintage Star Wars figures (2nd Hand), Stormtroopers were twice the price of most of the other figures. I remember being so excited when I found my second Stormtrooper at a yard sale. Along with Chewbacca, the Stormtroopers were one of the few vintage figures that did not have neck articulation.

Imperial Stormtroopers came armed with a black blaster. Many aliens and bounty hunters also came with this weapon. As a kid I always had to arm my troopers with GI Joe guns. None of my "used" Star Wars figures came with accessories. The Stormtroopers really do have nice sculpts and still hold up well today even if they only have four points of articulation.

 As a kid I was so jealous of my best friend Derek because he owned six Stormtroopers. He had such a great army. He also had a cool Stormtrooper that someone had custom painted black. We later learned about the Shadow Troopers from the Marvel comic. It took me a long time, but my army caught up to his.


I always thought that the Sandtroopers were such cool variations of the standard trooper. I wanted a toy of these guys long before Kenner made the Power of the Force (2) version, so I made little custom shoulder pads. I made the shoulder pads out of cardboard and decorated it with orange and black marker. The pad is cut out so it sort of pinches around the Stormtrooper's neck. They worked out really well for a little accessory created by a 9 or 10 year old. The shoulder pads have been stored in the weapon compartment of my Star Wars Collector Case all these years.


  1. And correct me if I am wrong but the Stormtrooper floats in water right? If not then it would be the Snowtrooper.

  2. Very nice... to army-build this action figure. You should also check out the new 6-inch scale Stormtrooper from Hasbro. They're also cool.